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 shipping out to those who had pre-ordered the device.
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 aluminum-based.
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”.
According to earlier reports, Essential executives met with several UK telecom operators including EE to sign an exclusive deal with one of them.
We’re beginning to ship Essential Phone! Please look out for an e-mail today with tracking info. We appreciate everyone’s patience!
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.
Although the device is being exclusively sold by Sprint in the USA, and Telus in Canada you’ll need to get the carrier unlocked version of the device.
The unlocked version of the Essential smartphone along with the 360-degree camera is currently being sold at $749 on their website. You can also opt to buy the smartphone without the camera for $699.
The company had earlier announced an exclusive tie up with Sprint in the USA and is retailing at a price of $699.
In USA, 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-month 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.
The first option needs the user to pay $295 up-front and then start with a two-year Premium Plus plan starting at $95 per month. The second option needs the user to pay $490 up-front and then start with a two-year Premium Smartphone plan starting at $85 per month.
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.