Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is running late

Back in May, when the Essential phone was unveiled, Android co-creator Andy Rubin said that the device would ship within the next 30-days. Well folks, 30 days have come and 30 days have gone without any units shipped. The phone is available for pre-orders from Sprint, which will have the U.S. exclusive of the handset. The unlocked version of the Android flavored model will work with each of the country's top four stateside carriers. The price? $699.  

The Essential phone features an edge-to-edge screen, and will ship with a brand new virtual assistant, thus far unnamed. The device comes with a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 5.71-inch screen carrying a 1312 x 2560 resolution, and an aspect ratio of 19:10. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 835 chipset carrying an octa-core 2.45GHz CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside along with 128GB of native storage. A rear-facing dual camera setup, both 13MP sensors (one RGB and the other in monochrome) is aboard as is an 8MP front-facing selfie shooter. A modular attachment turns the camera into a 360 degree panoramic shooter.

The 3040mAh battery keeps the lights on, and a fingerprint scanner is embedded under the home button. In other words, this has the makings of being a really powerful high-end Android model. Of course, making promises and failing to deliver on them is not the best way to start a new company selling another high-end handset in an overcrowded market. Will Essential be able to overcome this auspicious debut? Most likely the answer is a resounding yes. Andy Rubin certainly deserves at the least a couple of get out of jail free cards.

source: Android Authority

Related phones

  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Not to be saluted.

5. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Essential phone 2 and 3 is what im excited for. This year they can't compete really.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The only phones that'll matter this year are the Apple flagships, samsung flagships, and the surface phone (its already floating around on campus with c shell as we speak).

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

At first I thought you were using the sales card, but then you mentioned the Surface phone IMO Sales aren't everything Apple and Samsung flagships may only be the only phones that matter to the masses But the Surface, Google, LG, Sony, HMD/Nokia, TCL/Blackberry, Xiamoi, Huawei, OP, HTC flagships still matter to enthusiasts

25. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

What planet do you live on, thinking Apple and Samsung flagships dont matter to what you call 'enthusiasts'? Or are you just referring to yourself but making it sound like experts agree with you aswell?

26. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Where did I say that?

28. Xelief

Posts: 62; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Calm your tits. He didn't even so much as imply that Samsung and Apple aren't appealing to enthusiasts. He said that they are the only brands that most people care about whereas the other manufacturers differentiate themselves in ways that pretty much only matter to enthusiasts. Great reading comprehension.

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I think the Pixel 2/XL is kinda important to see if they can improve on delivery and style

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed The Pixel actually seemed to have some success getting Apple/Samsung users interested But Google messed up delivery/supply, the Pixel got back ordered ~4 month, people understandably didn't wait

2. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Oh, look, Essential Phone is missing another essential thing - availability. What's next?

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Well, considering that Essential Phone is still a a newcomer brand by Andy Rubin, they perhaps have issues figuring out the accurate amount of units they need to produce, so as to avoid oversupply, which in turn, cause a huge loss due to alot of unsold packed on the shelves and lead to forcibly sell at much cheaper price, thus lowering the brand's value. In short, they should better delay and get things all sorted out, than to rush to meet their "in 30 days" promise only to flop while they're at it.

15. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly I guess it ok for other companies like Apple and Samsung , LG, HTC and so on to have delays but no one else.

4. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

This is just a prove that without google backing, android will be a failure like palmOS, tizen, QNX, BB 10 OS.

6. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

At least not QNX tho

19. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

QNX is a failure. We just need to wait when BB will admit it.

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Android and those OSes you mentioned are different things; Android is itself an OS. Therefore Android won't fail but the phones running Android. Btw iOS succeded without Google backing.

18. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

My point is andy rubin will not be famous/success without the help of google.

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Only time will tell. You can't be sure.

14. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Its all about timing WM/WP, palmOS, tizen, QNX, BB 10 OS are too late to end the Android-iOS duopoly If they W10M or BB 10 OS were around 10 years ago it could be a different story Tizen in wearables and QNX in automotive are actually having some decent success

17. PenTiltoKet

Posts: 552; Member since: May 18, 2016

Tizen in wearable is not successful. It just barely hang it on. QNX in automotive is also the same. A joke. You should read BB financial report. Its not creating enough income for BB, and competition from apple & google is high, the only way for QNX to stay in automotive is by loosing money.

8. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

They should not even try for this phone. Mr Andy Robin , how could u make something like this ? I d say use this phone for urself don't try to sell this pricy s**t to ppl

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why shouldn't they sell it?

9. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

They've already said its not about huge sales volume,which everyone forgot. Then, surface phone is probably DOA.

12. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Essential phone: The next saygus v2?

20. ChazzMatt

Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

The Essential Android phone is a loser, especially in light of other 2017 Android phones: * No 1440p (Only 1312p which is ALMOST QHD. For the money they are charging, should be full 1440p. I've had 1440p AMOLED since 2014, and I'm not downgrading. Even Apple is finally going to 1440p this year.) * No headset jack * Battery way too small for the display size (Don't say use is "optimized". Give me a larger battery first, then optimize all you want to make it BETTER. Lesser spec phones this year have 4000 mAh, even 5000 mAh batteries. I have 3900 mAh on my 2014 5.2" 1440p AMOLED Moto XT1225, so it's not hard for a competent manufacturer to do. Nobody is begging for credit card thin phones, while everyone wants a larger battery. Again, for the money, why are you skimping on a battery?) * No front-facing stereo speakers * No IP68 water resistance (Nor any water resistance whatsoever, when this is becoming standard for top tier phones.) * No Qi built-in wireless charging (It has a ceramic back, in spite of the "titanium" claim. Even Apple is adding Qi wireless charging this year, LG has added it back, Samsung never dropped it. If I have to plug a mod in for some kind of wireless charging then that prevents other mods. BUILT IN Qi wireless charging.) So, NO sale. It’s not hard to include all those specs. Why won’t someone do it? ALL we want is a an UPDATED "regular" sized 2014 Moto Nexus 6 (1440p AMOLED, front-facing speakers, Qi wireless charging, headset jack) -- but with a BIGGER battery, like the 2014 5.2" 1440p AMOLED Moto Quark which has a 3900 mAh battery. (Yeah, Motorola gave the smaller 2014 phone the BIGGER battery.) Phones with lesser specs this year have 4000 or even 5000 mAh batteries. It's not hard. Throw in IP68 water resistance. Done. The Moto Nexus 6 was too big, but otherwise a perfect phone. Just needs to be updated with IP68 water resistance, smaller bezels, more RAM, current Snapdragon chipset, and larger battery (4,000 mAh minimum). With front-facing stereo speakers, and built-in large battery + Qi wireless charging, THAT fantastic phone would eclipse the Galaxy S8 and LG G6 and make obsolete almost all the silly Moto mods (most of which are battery/speaker related).

22. rabidrotty

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

There is no home button the FP is on the rear

23. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014


27. TrackPhoneUser

Posts: 256; Member since: Oct 21, 2015

I can see the phone having tons of problems when it releases, software and hardware. Seems like a great phone on paper though

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