Andy Rubin, Android’s co-creator and former CEO of Android Inc. before it was bought by Google, confirms that the Essential Phone debut will happen “in a few weeks.”
The welcome news comes at a time when the Essential Phone is facing inordinate delays in being released to the US market. The device was supposed to be shipped in June, but the deadline was missed without a word from the company, leaving everyone wondering when it was actually going to start being available.
Rubin also claimed that his team is working hard with carriers in the US and around the world to complete its certification and testing processes. To note, Essential Phone received FCC certification only last month. Once the testing is through, it will be ready for shipment.
The company reveals the Essential Phone to be shipped in a few weeks but hasn’t given any specific date. The assumption is that it should be available sometime in August.
Essential Phone is said to be packed with top-tier features similar to premium devices from Apple, Samsung, and Google. The estimated price is $700. The device will be sold unlocked through the company website; in the US, it is currently partnered with Sprint; and in Canada, with Telus. The company is in talks with carriers in Japan and Europe as well.
In terms of specifications, the device is packed with 4GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage, an edge-to-edge display, including a 2,560 x 1,312-pixel display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor – everyone’s favorite processor for premium Android phones this year, or so it would seem.
The device will have a fingerprint sensor at the back. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and GPS. Also, a voice-controlled speaker-like device is likely to be released sometime this year called Essential Home.
Essential Phone is equipped with a dual camera capable of recording 4K video and the module features a pair of 13-megapixel sensors – one RGB and a second monochrome sensor with a f/1.85 lens.
Notwithstanding the delays with Essential Phone, the company has reportedly started working on a second smartphone, more of a premium approach and very likely in the $1000 price bracket.