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Essential Phone AMA reveals 3.5mm audio add-on in the works, kernel source and factory images coming soon

The Essential Phone PH-1 is the first smartphone from Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s new company Essential. So when Rubin and a group of colleagues from Essential took to Reddit to answer questions in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, it’s not surprising that people asked pretty specific questions about the phone and the decisions that […]

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Essential’s modular phone only supports one module… but two more are in the works

At first glance, the most striking thing about the recently released Essential PH-1 smartphone is probably the display, which covers nearly all of the front of the device. But it’s the two little pins on the back of the phone that could be its most important feature (at least in terms of hardware). Much like Motorola’s […]

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Essential Phone review roundup: It’s good… but so are a lot of phones (this one could get better over time)

If you look at the spec sheet for the Essential Phone, it looks like a lot of current high-end smartphones. It has the same processor and memory as many of the latest flagships. It has a big, quad HD display and dual rear cameras. And it has a USB Type-C port, but no dedicated headphone […]

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Now you can pre-order an Essential Phone (from Sprint, Amazon, and Best Buy)

Essential’s first smartphone is set to ship this week to customers who had already placed a pre-order from the Essential website. But now there are a few more ways to get your hands on the new phone from Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s new company. It’s up for pre-order from Best Buy and Sprint. Update: Amazon too. […]

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Bezel-free phones with camera cut-outs are now a thing (thanks to Sharp, Essential, Apple… probably)

Essential may have been the first company to unveil a smartphone that’s nearly all screen on three sides… but which makes up for the lack of a top bezel by leaving a cut-out for the camera. But rumor has it that Apple plans to take a similar approach for at least one of its upcoming […]

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Essential PH-1 smartphone hits Best Buy for $700 (still listed as “coming soon”)

Essential Products may not have managed to ship its first smartphone in June, as promised. But it looks like the new company founded by Android co-founder Andy Rubin is inching closer to shipping the Essential PH-1 smartphone. It showed up at the Best Buy website recently, where it’s available as either a carrier unlocked device […]

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Essential looks to launch Phone in UK, Europe, and Japan

Andy Rubin’s new venture Essential promised to start shipping its first funky phone by June. That didn’t happen, though the Essential Phone did check in with the FCC. That’s not stopping Rubin and Co. from working on expansion plans. In addition to the U.S., Essential is reportedly in talks to bring its first device to […]

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Essential Phone hits the FCC, should begin shipping soon

The Essential Phone is an unusual-looking Android device with premium specs, support for modular accessories, and a pretty strong pedigree: Essential was founded by Andy Rubin, one of the co-founders of Android. First unveiled in May, the Essential Phone is expected to begin shipping soon. So it’s not surprising to see that the phone passed […]