Andy Rubin's Essential Phone should be released next month, will feature a new digital assistant

Officially announced earlier today, Andy Rubin's Essential smartphone is undoubtedly one of the most interesting handsets we've seen in recent years. The phone is partially made out of titanium (which provides extra toughness), sports a 5.7-inch near-bezel-less display with 1312 x 2560 pixels, and is powered by Qualcomm's mighty Snapdragon 835 processor - certainly, this device will go head to head with all the relevant flagships of 2017.

While the Essential Phone can already be reserved in the US, an exact release date for it hasn't been provided. Fortunately, we now know that the handset will start shipping soon. Talking at Code Conference 2017 today, Andy Rubin said that the Essential Phone would go on sale in the next 30 days - so it should reach customers before the end of June.

Andy Rubin also mentioned that the new handset - which runs stock Android 7 Nougat - will come with its own digital assistant. This will also be available on Essential's Home smart speaker (which will compete with other smart devices like Google Home and Amazon Echo). For now, it's not clear how the new digital assistant is differentiating itself from Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Alexa, or Cortana. But we'll find out more about this in the coming weeks.

As a reminder, the Essential Phone is offered unlocked (for $699), and will be compatible with most relevant US mobile carriers. For the beginning, the handset will be available only online, but "other distribution channels" should be added at some point.

source: Recode

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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. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

They need to get some popup shops going so people can at least get their hands on it... Starting price at $700 for practically a start-up phone company is asking a lot.. Father of Android or not...

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The original iPhone launched for $599 with 8GB of onboard storage.

15. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

10 years ago, when everything had less storage... And Apple were pretty well established at that point.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apple wasn't established in the phone industry at all. They had iPods and Macs, but nothing to show how they'd be with communication devices. And up to that point, their iPods weren't even connected devices. They were media players needing s hardwired connection to load media onto them. I only mentioned the 8GB part to show how different things were from now. A comment below was talking about having 512GB or 1TB of onboard storage, so it was a contrast to show how far we've come in a relatively short time. As another example,my boss had a laptop he paid $1500 for in the early 90s. It was the size of a suitcase and came with a whopping 32KB of RAM. So I wasn't trying to say they were over charging for 8GB of RAM.

16. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The iPhone also launched exclusively on AT&T, where people could go to an AT&T store and try out the device before they bought it. He wasn't saying they couldn't sell such a phone at said price but that there should be an opportunity to try it out before you buy it.

17. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Thank you for that Dr Phil, that's exactly what I was saying.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I get that, but even if they have them at carrier stores, there's a lot of people who don't have one near them either. Where I live, I'm 90 miles from a third party authorized retailer and around 200 miles from an official carrier store. So even if they did have a presence in a carrier store, unless I had a trip to take to that city, I wouldn't have access to it either. Not everyone lives in an area with a carrier store a few minutes away.

21. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2474; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Not everyone does, but the majority of people do live within a short distance to a carrier store. Carrier stores are setup in populated areas, hence carriers would give access to the majority of people.

2. sockergris

Posts: 57; Member since: May 13, 2017

How are digital assistants a thing, beats me. And what's up with the lightsaber screen ratios lately.

13. athtung

Posts: 1; Member since: May 31, 2017

It's the gimmick for 2017. Not a bad one by any means.

3. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

Im tempted to pick one up as the replacement for note 5 instead of waiting for note 8 to arrive. Only downside is vanilla android which i'm not a big fan of. I will wait for some reviews to be released first before deciding

4. torr310

Posts: 1690; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

For a small company, the software optimization/stability is a question.

7. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Considering the owner of the company is the creator of Android, I doubt optimization will be an issue.

5. dimas

Posts: 3394; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

What I expect from essential phone retail version: 1. More storage options: 128gb, 256gb, 512gb and 1tb 2. Larger battery, 3000mah is lame for QHD lcd display 3. Mini but powerful version 4. More vibrant color choices 5. Exynos variant 6. International distribution Since andy rubin will market this as "essential" he should listen to consumer's essential needs.

6. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

The bigger storage options , except 256Gption is definitely an unrealistic dream. That would never happen. lol. Would be nice, but would never happen, at least in the next 5 years.

8. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wouldn't say that. With 4K becoming more commonplace insofar as video recording, the need for higher capacity onboard storage becomes more necessary. I'll predict the first 512GB onboard storage shows up in the next 3 years (by the end of 2020).

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

1TB storage option? Don't forget the GTX 1080 Ti option, or the Ryzen 7 1800X option.

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

and give it lots of RGB LEDs

10. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

This is serious Beta testing territory IMO. I'll let other people put their $700 on the line first. I'm also not a fan of the front camera. It's too distracticting. I

11. fyah_king unregistered

I'm picking one up for sure.

18. Dr.SamX

Posts: 245; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

Make it 500€ and I would buy one without trying it out! But for 700$, no thank you!

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