Andy Rubin’s Essen­tial Smart­phones to Start Ship­ping on August 28


First announced in January 2017 and unveiled in May, Android creator Andy Rubin’s much-acclaimed Essential smartphone which was supposed to hit the shelves in July is now finally going start shipping on August 28.


Sprint is taking pre-order for the Essential smartphone as well as offering a discount of $260 which might see many takers.

The company had earlier announced an exclusive tie up with Sprint in the USA where the Essential smartphone will retail at a price of $699.

Users get two options to purchase the Essential smartphone. They can either opt to pay the full price of $699 or the ‘Sprint Flex 18-mo lease’.

The lease needs the user to pay $29.17 monthly and at the end of the 18 month period they have the option to either exchange the device for a new device on lease or take full ownership of the device by paying the balance sum.

Can You Get it in India? How?

Although there has been no news about Essential’s arrival in the Indian market, you can still try to get it in India. There are services like Shop and Ship which can be used to purchase the device in USA and get it shipped to your address in India.

But there is a possibility that since the device is being exclusively sold by Sprint in the USA, you’ll need to get the carrier unlocked here — which might be an issue.

Why was Essential Smartphone Delayed?

According to Andy Rubin, the company was facing delays in testing the device with US and international carriers and the certifications were pending.

“I personally wanted to thank you for putting your name down for our first phone. You might be getting impatient to get your hands on your new Essential Phone (and I’m also impatient to get it to you!) but rest assured that you will have a device in your hands in a few weeks,” Andy Rubin wrote in an email to those who had pre-ordered the device.

Essential Phone Specs and Features

Essential Smartphones
Essential Smartphones to go on sale in UK, Europe and Japan soon | Source: @essential
  • OS: The Android-based device will come with its customised UI built on the latest Android O operating system.
  • Memory and Storage: 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.
  • Processor: 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.
  • Display and Design: 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.
  • Primary Camera: 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.
  • Secondary Camera: 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).
  • Battery: The Essential Phone is backed by a 3040mAh battery which supports fast charging via the USB Type-C port.

The device is currently available in only two colours — Black Moon and Pure White — but Stellar Grey and Ocean Depths will go into production soon too.

The company also subjected their device to a drop test which survived the fall without even a scratch on its titanium surface.

The device comes without any logo on the phone as the company believes “Just because we played a part in making it doesn’t mean you should be forced to advertise that fact to everyone in your life”.

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