Android Founder Andy Rubin’s much-acclaimed Essential smartphone which was first announced in January 2017 and unveiled in May is will reportedly go on sale in UK, the western part of Europe and Japan soon.
According to a report in the Financial Times, Essential executives met with several UK telecom operators including EE to sign an exclusive deal with one of them. The retail price is yet to be confirmed.
The company had earlier announced an exclusive tie up with Sprint in the USA and is retailing at a price of $699.
The Android-based device will come with its customised UI built on the latest Android O operating system. It features 4GB RAM and 128GB (UFS 2.1) of internal storage.
The Essential phone comes encased in a titanium body with a ceramic back and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering the display. The company claims that the Essential smartphone is sturdier to its competitor’s devices which are mostly aluminium-based.
Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor which is based on the latest 10nm tech, clocks at 2.45GHz and is supported by Adreno 540 GPU.
The device sports a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1312) display with 19:10 aspect ratio which takes up a major portion of the front panel of the device, leaving little bezel on the bottom.
The Essential phone sports a 13MP dual-lens camera with image fusion tech that assists in a smooth functioning of the 360-degree camera accessory which is supplied as an option alongside the device and is the smallest 360-degree personal camera in the world.
The front camera of the Essential smartphone is a 8MP unit with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Both the front and rear camera records videos at 4k (30fps), 1080p (60fps) and 720p (120fps).
The Essential Phone is backed by a 3040mAh battery which supports fast charging via the USB Type-C port.