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The Essential Phone has a titanium and ceramic body, an edge-to-edge display protected by Gorilla Glass 5, and two rear cameras, one of which is dedicated to black-and-white photography. Accompanying the phone is a 360-degree camera that can be attached to the top of the device. It was notably also the first mainstream smartphone to feature a "notch" (the cut-out at the top of the display to accommodate a front-facing camera), which would eventually become a trend in the industry.[10] On December 28, 2018, Essential announced to media outlets that they would discontinue the Essential PH-1.[11]

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The phone first appeared in a tweet by Rubin, posted on March 27, 2017.[15][16] In a quote of the tweet, Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed the phone would run Android.[17] A few days prior to the official announcement, Essential tweeted an image of what appeared to be a 360-degree camera attached to the smartphone.[18][19] The Verge exclusively announced the device on May 30, 2017, hours ahead of Rubin's onstage announcement at a technology conference.[20]

The phone is also equipped with the Click Connector, which uses magnets to secure a modular accessory to the top rear surface of the phone; two gold-plated pogo pins provide power to the accessory, and the phone communicates with the accessory via wireless USB.[35] The Verge compared the Click Connector to the Moto Mods system used on the Moto Z line of smartphones.[36] The first modular accessory designed and launched with the phone is a 360 camera.[35] Also at launch, a charging dock accessory was announced for the same connector.[20][25] Keyssa announced a lawsuit over the technology used in the Click Connector in October 2017. Essential had discussed wireless data connectivity with Keyssa for several months under a non-disclosure agreement, but Essential opted instead to use hardware from a competitor, SiBEAM.[37] For more discussion on the Keyssa lawsuit, see Trade secret lawsuit.

In January 2018, Essential announced the development of the Audio Adapter HD, a third Click Connector accessory providing a headphone jack,[38] external DAC, and amplifier. It was scheduled to ship in the summer of 2018.[39] After it went on sale on November 13, 2018, as a limited edition, Essential sold out of the Audio Adapter HD within a day.[40]

In January 2018, the phone quickly received a patch to fix the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities after they were revealed. Until this time, only phones by Google had these vulnerabilities patched.[57]

Rubin announced on May 30, 2017, that the Essential Phone would ship in approximately 30 days,[58][59] i.e. June 2017.[60] This estimated timetable was not met, however, without Essential responding to media queries.[61][62][63] In mid-July, Rubin sent an email to potential customers saying carrier certification and testing were underway, and that he expected the device to be shipped "in a few weeks".[64] After a series of delays and the lack of an exact release date, Best Buy put up listings for the Essential Phone,[65] which went live on August 17.[66] On August 9, 2017, Rubin announced the phone was in mass production, and that a release date would be announced in the next week.[67][68][69] The Essential Phone was then confirmed to start shipping by the fourth week of August, according to an email sent by Rubin to customers.[70] It began shipping in batches by August 25.[1]

On August 29, 2017, reports emerged that hundreds of customers who ordered the Essential Phone started receiving e-mails from an @essential address. The e-mail contained an official-looking request for a "photo ID" of the customer to "verify information to complete the processing of the recent order". Essential later tweeted that they were aware of the recent e-mails received by some customers and that they were investigating them and had taken steps to mitigate problems.[71][72][73] Rubin personally apologized and one year of LifeLock was offered to affected customers; around 70 people were affected.[74] Some customers' drivers' licenses were leaked over e-mail as well.[75] Customers affected by the data leak got the phone for free.[76][77]

Keyssa, a startup company founded by Dr. Frank Chang, Ira Deyhimy and Gary McCormack [79] and specializing in wireless data transmission, filed a lawsuit accusing Essential of trade secret theft in October 2017. Keyssa said it was in talks with Essential for roughly 10 months to help provide the technology behind connecting Essential's new Android phone and their planned future products. Essential wanted to incorporate a Keyssa-developed microchip in the Essential Phone to provide functionality to their modular accessories, but turned to a similar company, SiBeam, to produce the microchip. Keyssa says Essential stole its proprietary technology because the non-disclosure agreements it signed protected the two companies' meetings and prevented Essential from using those trade secrets to make commercial products.[80][81]

In its first month of release, shipments of the Essential Phone were very low, with sales of around 5,000 units estimated being sold through Sprint.[90] Due to low demand, Essential reduced the price of the phone from an initial US$699 to US$499. Customers who purchased the phone at the original price could claim a US$200 "friends and family" code that could be used to purchase the 360-degree camera module or another Essential Phone.[91][92]

The PH-2, a successor that was in the works according to designers[95] has been cancelled.[94] According to sources at Essential in October 2018, the company was working on another phone that operates primarily under voice control to automate certain tasks, such as responding to emails and text messages or making appointments.[96]

On October 9, 2019, Essential founder Andy Rubin shared Project Gem which was planned to be the company's upcoming smartphone. The images shared by Rubin showed an abnormally tall smartphone running on Android.[97] On February 12, 2020, as part of their announcement regarding ceasing operations, Essential showcased videos of the phone and stated they had, "taken Gem as far as we can and regrettably have no clear path to deliver it to customers."[98]

The white version still costs $699, just like the black one. None of the specs change either, but you do get white accessories, including a white USB cable, white headphone jack adapter, and white fast charger. This is most definitely the hotter of the two models.

Aside from Essential, the device is also being offered by third-party several retailers. While Amazon, Best Buy, and Sprint have the phone listed on their websites, immediate shipment isn't being offered by any of them at the moment. Sprint, however, mentions that the Black Moon variant will begin shipping September 13 onwards.

The Essential Phone, which is the brainchild of Android creator Andy Rubin, launched in August 2017. The phone debuted at $700, but its price was slashed by $200 a few months later amid reports of poor sales. Last month, research firm IDG estimated that Essential had sold fewer than 90,000 phones, a fraction of what Apple and Samsung typically sell.

"It was actually really liberating," Jiang told Business Insider. "Rather than focusing on a previous design and evolving it, we just started from the inside out. Design is one thing, but what are the technologies we want to feature, and what are some ways we can really push the boundaries of what a smartphone can be?"

Instead of logos, Jiang says, Essential made design choices like adding magnetic connectors for accessories like Essential's 360 camera. Essential's goal was to make the phone look different enough from the back that people would know who made it.

Late last year, Essential revealed that it was working on a brand new type of Android-powered smartphone code-named Project GEM, with a tall and skinny design and an unusual user interface.

For example, a video showing productivity apps, Google Maps, and social media makes it clear that despite having little horizontal screen space, the phone could run typical Android apps and supported quick text input via a custom keyboard with swipe navigation.

Just touch a designated finger to the phone to start a voice command and you can send a message or perform other actions. For example, you can ask about upcoming calendar appointments, control music playback, or you can even tell the phone to send the last photo you captured with its camera to a contact in WhatsApp or another app.

Ahh, the smell of 90s/00s when cell phone manufacturers werent affraid of some experimentation with their designs! Now, at least, we have a hope that the future will be bit more interesting with foldables.

We do not offer more for phone accessories. Although, if you are selling a computer (MacBook, Surface, etc.) your offer will be reduced if you do not include the AC adapter, charger, and keyboard, if applicable.

At first glance, the device seems custom-tailored to catch the attention of Android enthusiasts. It's made by the frickin' founder of Android, of course. But beyond that, it's being presented with a strong focus on craftsmanship and the utmost "premium" quality (the phone's made of titanium, for cryin' out loud). It doesn't have a single logo or hint of branding on its exterior. And it provides a "pure" Android interface without any bloatware or superfluous customizations -- aside from an apparent bit of sorcery that lets the status bar function with a U-shaped cutout in its center.

Rubin's new baby also has its own ecosystem of simple snap-on accessories -- a 360-degree camera and a charging dock, to start -- but that almost seems beside the point. The Essential Phone is being positioned as the phone for discerning technophiles -- folks who want the best tech imaginable and are willing to pay for the privilege.

Say what you will about the price, but there's something undeniably intriguing about the Essential Phone and its unusual selling points within the high-end Android phone realm. There's also, however, a lot about the device that we simply don't know -- and some of that information is pretty darn important. 041b061a72


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