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Essential Phone to Ship In About 30 Days with Stock Android

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May 31, 2017, 7:42 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @zeman_e

The Essential Products PH-1 smartphone will be shipped to those who reserve it online in about 30 days, according to Andy Rubin, Essential Products' CEO. Speaking at the Code Conference, Rubin said the brand new phone will reach consumers as soon as the end of June, though he didn't commit to a specific date. The PH-1 has a unique, magnet-based system for accepting modular attachments, such as a 360-degree camera, on the back panel. The phone includes a 5.7-inch quad HD screen with curved corners, Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual rear cameras. Rubin also noted the device will run a near-stock version of Android 7 Nougat when it ships. Rubin feels strongly about not putting extraneous and unwanted applications on users' phones, so it will be free of bloatware. Though Essential Products is selling the phone unlocked via the web, Rubin indicated the company is working with U.S. carriers and it hopes to sell the phone in carrier stores "soon." The unlocked handset will be able to a connect to U.S. carriers' networks, though advanced carrier-specific functions (such as HD Voice) may not be available. The PH-1 costs $699 and can be reserved online.


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Jun 1, 2017, 9:51 AM

Good luck getting SD835 when SAMSUNG has all of them locked up...

I foresee a MAJOR back order...
Charles Bigelow

May 31, 2017, 9:28 AM

Essential with Stock

Pricey. The bare bones minimum will probably be the only draw knowing no bloatware whatsoever and stock Android. For the price probably other flagships with their "flash" "pizazz" are going to get the majority of subscribers.
I was thinking about this phone, it is expensive and for the price missing things like water resistance and wireless charging (the later doesn't bother me.), I wouldn't be an early adopter, even with a $50 discount on the 360 camera. Website is nice...
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