Unlocked Essential Phone launches today, Sprint version goes on pre-order

Announced at the end of May, the Essential Phone is now finally available to buy online - one day earlier than expected. For now, only the unlocked version of the handset can be bought right away, and you'll have to get it from Essential's own website - see the first source below.

Priced at $699, the new smartphone is compatible with all major US carriers. For a limited time, you can buy the Essential Phone with Essential's 360-degree camera module for $749 (normally, the two products would cost $898). Folks who had previously registered for the Essential Phone should expect to receive it in the coming days, too, after completing their purchase.

Best Buy is also getting ready to sell the Essential Phone. Right now, however, the retailer only says that the handset is "coming soon."

If you're a Sprint customer, you may be glad to find out that the Essential Phone is exclusively coming to your carrier. As of today, Sprint is taking pre-orders for the device, mentioning that "full retail availability in expected within a few weeks." For a limited time, Sprint lets you get the new handset for $14.58 per month and $0 down with 18 Sprint Flex Lease payments (though this means you're only leasing the phone, so you won't own it after 18 months). If you want to actually buy the Essential Phone from Sprint, its full price will be $699.

Essential is a company founded and led by Andy Rubin, known to many as the father of Android. The first Essential handset runs near stock Android 7 Nougat, and offers many high-end features, including a 5.7-inch near-bezel-less display with 1312 x 2560 pixels, a Snapdragon 835 CPU, a titanium and ceramic body, and 128 GB of storage space. Essential guarantees that the handset will receive "Android OS updates for 2 years" plus "monthly security updates for 3 years."

Do let us know if you're planning to purchase this very first Essential phone, will you?

sources: Essential, Essential Blog, Sprint, Best Buy

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



1. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

Not impressed, the Note8 will pummel this non-Essential generic-looking phone! There goes Rubin's reputation down the toilet! Dude looks like Birdman by the way.

2. Derekjeter

Posts: 1489; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Flat edge to edge displays look far better than those useless rounded edges. That’s my opinion, and I would buy this over any Samsung to avoid that heavy, horrible Samsung UI.

3. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

There are plenty other beautiful phones out there at that price range if you don't like Samsung. The Rubin phone is just too plain-looking, yech! That black notch in the top middle of the screen is a deal breaker right there. So unsightly and amateurish!

5. Nibbler1

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Note 8 is one ugly cucumber looking phone.Koreans don't know how to make beautiful products.

7. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

@Nibbler1 Ahahaha! So you think insulting the Note 8 is gonna hurt my feelings somehow? Nope, all it did was show me how bad YOUR feelings were hurt. Ahahahaha, what an idiot loser! Like I said, there are plenty of prettier, more capable phones by other vendors to choose from.

9. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Just hope that battery holds up, we know what happened last time...

4. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

It's not plain looking at all it has a minimalistic futuristic look it looks great! Plus 2yrs of software updates and 3yrs of security patches plus a 2yr warranty what's not to like???

6. KeyserSoze

Posts: 387; Member since: Oct 06, 2014

LOL! Sure, we'll give you updates and patches for 2 and 3yrs... and we'll sell you the Brooklyn Bridge too! How many times have you heard that unfulfilled promise from a phone vendor? Will Rubin's company even last 3 yrs?

10. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Samsung and LG flagships get that support, so essential is saying they will give you the same support as others, and that's IF they are around in 2 or 3 years.

8. fyah_king unregistered

I forgot about this phone.lol

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