Back in March, Andy Rubin revealed that he was working on an Android phone under his new company, Essential. The Essential Phone was unveiled to the public as a top tier device with a 5.7 inch display and a nearly edge to edge screen. The smartphone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4 gigabytes of random access memory (RAM) and 128 gigabytes of onboard storage. What is neat about this phone is that it features magnetic modules that snap a 360 degree camera into place, along with other Essential made accessories.
At the time of its announcement, it was promised that the Essential Phone would start shipping within 30 days. By July, however, there was still no sign of an Essential Phone in the market. But earlier today, the former Android boss announced in an email that the device will start shipping next week. The email promised that at least one color of the Essential Phone will be available. Together with this announcement, Rubin gave those who preordered the Essential Phone in Pure White color a chance to change their color preference to Black Moon since it is the color that will start shipping in a week's time. The Pure White color will not be available for another couple of weeks.
Since Sprintcalled dibs on the Essential Phone at the time of its launch, it technically has exclusivity to offer the device upon launch. Based on this deal, Sprint should be able to start selling the Essential Phone by August 18, Friday. But since the deal is only carrier exclusive, the device can still be purchased unlocked from the phone manufacturer's website directly and it would still work on other carriers.
If you are interested in getting the Essential Phone, you can get it for $699, or $749 if you want it to come with the 360 degree camera. In line with the release of the phone, Essential will be holding a "First Look" event set on August 25th. Sprint's release may soon come shortly after that, and we will know more about the Essential Phone and where you can buy it.
Other features of the Essential Phone include a dual 12 megapixel fisheye sensor on the back of the phone with 4K video recording. Another 8 megapixel sensor can be found in front. Apart from the two colors earlier mentioned, the Essential Phone will also be available in Stellar Grey and in Ocean Depths color options. The phone comes with a 10 finger multi-touch sensor and a fingerprint reader.
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