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

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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  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1530; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I’m seriously thinking about getting this phone to replace my Nexus 6p. If the the new pixel shows up with huge bezels I will most likely get this phone.

11. Babadook

Posts: 230; Member since: May 24, 2016

The Pixel XL 2 will be 'bezel-less'. Crazy if you atleast don't consider waiting

19. Dr.SamX

Posts: 244; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

I will get the Essential PH-1 if Pixel XL 2 shows up with huge bezels! I would prefere a Pixel simply for software support reasons, but I cannot get something with large bezels. Not in 2017 and not if the iPhone 8 is "bezel-less".

14. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Be careful with this one. It’s a very, very, uncertain bet. There’s a good chance they won’t be successful in which case you’ll have a phone that doesn’t see updates of any kind, be they features or security. Then there’s the case of manufacturer warranty and so on. Wait and see what people feel about it after a few months first. Otherwise stick with something safe. You have a 6P so you’re obviously not afraid of a larger phone. There’s always the larger Pixel 2.

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I'm going for the Pixel 2 regardless of the bezels because, to me, there are a million things more important than the space around the screen. Though the Essential phone does look nice, just remember that it's a Sprint exclusive.

2. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

This phone will quickly end up in the bargain bin, then be discontinued. Sorry Andy, lighting will not strike twice.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1518; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

But yet you call out anyone who says anything negative about iPhone in the iPhone related articles, ahahaha. You pot calling the kettle black crew members are too funny.

16. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I think apple-rulz is a moron, but I'm inclined to agree with him on this matter, it's a nice phone with top of the line specs and premium materials, but the fact that it's a Sprint exclusive will only hurt the sales potential. I would like to be wrong though, It's an awesome concept that's actually making it to the market and it never hurts to have options when looking to upgrade.

18. mikehunta727 unregistered

Being a Sprint exclusive undoubtedly will hurt its sales dramatically. Also its gonna have to now compete with the S8/Note 8/V30/iPhone 8 now too. Its gonna be real tough for the Essential phone as nice as the hardware and software will be. Is launching just a bit too late and will not be able to steal much thunder at all from these flagships coming

21. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The Sprint deal was a horrible move for sure with Sprint being the #4 carrier. The phone itself seems solid but like the article mentioned releasing this time of year against the Note, LG V30, the new Iphone, the new Pixel is not going to go over very well especially being priced at or near the prices of the big boys.

4. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Should they convince people that their product is great instead that it truly exist? lol

5. pupkin

Posts: 149; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

I hope they make it close to stock android os.

6. adi9764

Posts: 119; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Tbh this is a great phone and will sell really well. And it will be one of the best of 2017

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Limited availability=Worse.

22. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Probably is a great phone, Specs wise it looks solid but coming out against too much big competition this time of the year

7. uchihakurtz

Posts: 428; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Was this photo taken in the future? Cuz I don't see not even one reviewer with a working model yet. They should at least have one prototype for hype building like how Blackberry KeyOne did.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They can't afford to lol

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It would be tough to sell the phone while the iPhone 8's announcement is near. Good luck with that.

12. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

2 pictures of stacked phones in a side angles does not mean it's an assembly line.

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1439; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I honestly hope for Andy Rubin that it's gonna be a hit. It may not sell the numbers Samsung, Apple or Huawei do, but I hope that it will reach at least 500,000 in time. It's a beautiful piece of tech and if I could spare the money, I'd buy it.

20. LumiaLover

Posts: 237; Member since: Sep 27, 2012

Forgot about this already...hey ho!!

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