Essential Says First Phones Will Ship This Week

Posted on August 16, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 20 Comments

Essential Says First Phones Will Ship This Week

Andy Rubin’s long-awaited Essential phone will allegedly ship to the first customers within the week. At least, that’s according to an email that Essential sent to customers who signed up to buy the device back in June.

“Great news, your phone has been built!” the email reads. (I signed up to purchase the device.) “We now just need your payment details and we will ship within 7 days.” The email message also notes that those who reserved an Essential 360 Camera will receive a separate email as soon as it’s ready to be shipped.

I had apparently reserved an Essential Phone in Black Moon at a cost of $699 (or $29.13 per month). I can add Essential Extra care for $99. This is described as:

Hassle-free protection for your Essential Phone is just a click away. Enjoy 2 years of coverage for breakdowns and accidental damage when you add an Essential Extended Care plan to your purchase. And when the unexpected happens, you will receive your replacement Essential Phone, typically as soon as the next business day with our signature Express Service.

As you may recall, Essential announced the PH-1 Phone, its 360 Camera peripheral, and a Home appliance back in late May. At the time, the firm was vague on both pricing and availability, but it made Phone and the 360 Camera available for pre-order in June. And then said in July that the devices would ship in a few weeks.

Over a month later, the Phone is apparently ready to ship. But I’m going to hold off on this for now: I’m quite intrigued by Essential, not just the phone, but by Andy Rubin’s broader strategy of bringing together what is now a lot of disparate smart home technologies into a centralized, open platform. But I can’t afford this thing, and given my move situation, this isn’t the ideal time for such a purchase. This fall, after we know what’s up with the Samsung Note 8 and the Pixel XL 2, I’ll make my next Android move.


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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Essential Says First Phones Will Ship This Week”

  1. Jaxidian

    I'm on the fence with ordering this. It's pricey but selling my current Pixel will mostly fund the Essential phone. Lots and lots of unknowns are surrounding this phone but Essential does have a 15-day money-back guarantee (even with free return shipping). I'm leaning towards getting it - will decide today.

    Very fascinating phone and company, but so many things could go wrong with a startup jumping into this field.

  2. Darmok N Jalad

    The cart seems way past the horse on this product. It's been two and a half months since this product was introduced, but has anyone even gotten a hand on one yet? My search comes up empty, other than sites listing specs.

  3. James Wilson

    I'd love to see the users face when they receive their phone.

    Wow - i've spent $699 on a new phone! Just taking SIM out of my Galaxy S7 (or whatever), putting in new phone - excitement rising and.... but it looks the same????

    Yea - it's Android. They all look the same.

    Now if you needed a new phone - different matter. What other Android phones are out there at the $699 price point. Does this one stand out (except for the name behind it)? Yawn. Still going to look the same.

    As for iPhone 8 - if you have $1000 to throw away - knock yourself out. This is even worse as iOS really does look exactly the same on all phones running the same version - iPhone 6, 6S, 7, 7S or 8. What are you paying for again?

  4. skane2600

    Only someone in Paul's position (a tech blogger) should consider spending $699 for a phone from a company that has no track record.

    • PeteB

      In reply to skane2600:

      "no track record"

      Yeah other than Andy Rubin was one of the creators of Android. Idiot.

      • skane2600

        In reply to PeteB:

        I'm quite aware of Rubin's experience and the fact that it doesn't particularly qualify him to oversee the design and manufacturing of phones. The pre-Google Android wasn't even touch-based and bears little resemblance to the Android of recent years. The fundamental point is that creating a significant software product doesn't necessarily qualify you to design and manufacture hardware.

  5. chaad_losan

    No one cares. Samsung is about the announce the NOTE 8. BUT more importantly. Apple is about to announce the iPhone 8 in the next 90 days. That above all reasons is why people will wait. If this phone had come out two or three months ago it would have sold better.

  6. dave0

    These should roll off the line directly into recycling bins.

    Its just another phone.

  7. goodbar

    the tough materials are what intrigue me most about the device. I also like how their upcoming echo competitor can apparently be used with any assistant... google, alexa, cortana, siri..

  8. anchovylover

    I don't know Paul. Why does the name Wharton Brooks come into my head?

  9. Rob Bazemore

    The essential has been my daily driver for a few days now. I love the design and the clean version of Android, but I am having a few touch sensitivity issues.

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