Essential Phone Will Ship in “a Few Weeks”

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 10 Comments

After promising to deliver his new Essential Phone in June, Essential founder Andy Rubin today said that the device would ship in a few weeks.

And he told me personally via email!

OK, just kidding: The email was sent to everyone who signed up to purchase the device back in late May or early June.

“I personally wanted to thank you for putting your name down for our first phone,” Mr. Rubin’s email reads. “We’ve been hard at work getting everything ready and the good news is that we’re now going through certification and testing with multiple US and international carriers.”

“You might be getting impatient to get your hands on your new Essential Phone (and I’m also impatient to get it to you!),” the email continues, “but rest assured that you will have a device in your hands in a few weeks.”

As you may recall, Android creator Andy Rubin has started a new company that will market unique Android-based smartphones and related devices. The first such phone, the Essential PH-1, was announced back in late May, offering some nice materials, great components, an extensible and modular design, and a clean Android image. The pricing is good, not great: It will cost about $700.

Yet, I’m still very interested. Between this phone, the OnePlus 5, the Galaxy S8/Note 8, and the upcoming Pixel refresh, this has been a great year for Android phones.

You can find out more about this device on the Essential website.


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Comments (10)

10 responses to “Essential Phone Will Ship in “a Few Weeks””

  1. Bart

    No Nokia 8 in that list Paul? (assuming it arrives *soon*)

  2. david.thunderbird

    I've heard that refrain from vaporware purveyors before.

  3. John Scott

    I've read a article on BetaNews and here and still not sure what set's this apart from other Androids? $699 isn't that much cheaper and don't see any early discounts which you would think might happen with a new Android. Is this about uniqueness? The only thing that comes to mind is where will I get a case for this phone if I buy one?

  4. goodbar

    Titanium is interesting... crazy light and crazy strong. I'll just be curious how you charge this in a car or on the go without the charging plate.

  5. rameshthanikodi

    I still can't get over the fact that people are just going to be okay with phones that don't have a headphone jack. Please. The headphone jack is NOT optional or obselete. No headphone jack, no go. Period.

    • BrianEricFord

      In reply to FalseAgent:

      I think you'll find life goes much easier when you allow yourself to get over the fact that other people are willing to get over things.*

      *Speaking as someone who was able to get over the absence of a headphone jack with minimal trauma.

      • rameshthanikodi

        In reply to BrianEricFord:

        Yeah maybe for others, but not for me. I'm a music junkie. Bluetooth audio still kinda sucks, and headphone dongles will never be as good as a high quality built-in DAC

        • drbohner

          In reply to FalseAgent: The outstanding question - why would an audiophile use a Phone to listen to music? My experience - BT is good and keeps getting better. Not an audiophile, requiring DAC - AND I don't like interference in my tunes.

          There's always a Zune available on eBay =D. If you can't find one, there - I still have one in my closet (saw it last week, as I was prepping for my Guardians Halloween costume).


  6. Waethorn

    There. You can use that for any phone over $600USD

  7. Narg

    No audio jack. Not worth it.

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