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Andy Rubin says the Essential Phone is in full mass production and has pictures to prove it

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Android's co-founder Andy Rubin proved numerous times that his Essential Phone exists and that it will eventually start selling in the United States. Initially slated for a June market release, the Essential Phone was delayed for almost two months now.

The last time we heard from the company behind the Essential Phone, the device should've made its debut on the market this week. Unfortunately, the quirky smartphone is a no show, as Andy Rubin confirmed earlier today that details about Essential Phone's availability would be unveiled next week.

Moreover, Rubin said that the Essential Phone is already in full mass production and his company is preparing to start shipping the phone to retailers and carriers across the country.

Although Sprint will be the only carrier that will offer the Essential Phone, other retailers like Best Buy will sell the unlocked version at the same time. Customers who want to buy the unlocked Essential Phone will have to come up with $699 upfront.

If the Essential Phone goes on sale around the same time as other major flagships like Nokia 8, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30 are made official, the smartphone might as well be dead on arrival.

It feels like Andy Rubin's company missed a great opportunity there, as there were no major smartphone releases in the US in July. Oh, well, we'll see what happens next week when the Essential Phone should hit the shelves.



source: Andy Rubin

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