Andy Rubin plans to bring the Essential Phone to the UK, Europe and Japan


You didn't think Andy Rubin's Essential Phone will be exclusively available in the United States, did you? Even though the company behind the quirky smartphone hasn't yet come forward with an official statement to confirm its expanded availability, Financial Times reports the Essential Phone will be released in many other countries.

Apparently, Andy Rubin's company negotiated the release of the Essential Phone in the UK with local carriers. Last week, Essential execs held talks with EE and other UK network operators to find a suitable time frame for the launch the Essential Phone in the country.

Besides the UK, Essential plans to brings its smartphone to western Europe and Japan. There was no mention of pricing options for these regions, but the Essential Phone will be available in the United States via Sprint for around $700.

Unfortunately, the Essential Phone missed the June deadline announced by Andy Rubin, but its debut is imminent, said Niccolo de Masi, chief operating officer of Essential.

The Essential Phone gained its popularity since it's been developed by Android founder's company. Many analysts believe that if not for Andy Rubin's involvement, the Essential Phone would not see too much interest from the mass market.

Either way, the Essential Phone brings a couple of innovations that smartphone lovers will probably find appealing. Now let's see if it's worth the price of a flagship.

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9 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 306; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

'UK, Europe' Why the distinction? Like isn't the UK... part of Europe?

2. Bankz

Posts: 2515; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

'BREXIT'

3. Dr.SamX

Posts: 239; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

NO! UK is, always was and always will be part of Europe, even if it is not in the EU! This makes no sense!

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The UK is part of Europe (just not part of the European Union) but always has been mentioned separately from the rest of Europe in many cases. On one hand, they felt superior so they wanted to be set apart. On the other hand, it's geographic. People used to refer to mainland Europe and UK apart (as it is an island).

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

It's not the UK's fault, a lot of Brits would rather not have their nation mentioned separately

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1025; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Now why not reference Ireland separately though, since only Northern Ireland is part of the UK? As well as Iceland?

9. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Too small to be important I guess.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3973; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

He can plan to bring it to the moon if he wants to. Doesnt matter seeing as he's not delivering on time anyway.

5. NoAllegiance unregistered

They made a mistake when they announced a date. If they were to have this on sale in Q1 or Q2 then they would of sold well. But in Q3/Q4, which is notably Google's nexus/pixel time it is going to be difficult to market. No matter what they try to say, it still aims to the same people that what a pixel. A few reasons to choose this over Pixel is the titanium frame, compact design and modular accessories which itself is just as hard to market. Hope they do well to make a PH-2

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