Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone coming to the UK, Europe, and Japan

Back at the end of May, Andy Rubin said the Essential Phone would begin shipping around late June or early July. We are just a smidge past the middle of the month and the company is tight-lipped about the release date, but its début is imminent, according to Essential’s CEO, Niccolo de Masi. Besides launching in the US, Essential is also planning on releasing its début phone to other regions than North America.

According to the Financial Times, Essential has already held talks with carriers finalize the timing for a UK launch, with EE possibly considering an exclusivity deal. Essential also has plans to launch the phone in western Europe and Japan, although no details on timing or pricing have yet been revealed. In the U.S., the Essential Phone will be available from Sprint for $700, at least when it launches, anyway.

The Essential Phone sports the sort of specifications we’ve come to expect from 2017 flagships such as the Snapdragon 835 processor, a 5.71-inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB internal storage, twin 13MP rear cameras, an 8MP front-facing camera, 3,040mAh battery, fingerprint scanner, and USB Type-C. Design-wise, the Essential Phone boasts really small bezels, with its standout feature being the inclusion of a docking station, or Click Connector, that allows the attachment of modules such as a 360-degree camera, as seen in the main image.

What are your thoughts on the Essential Phone? Has the company found the best way to implement the module system or is it simply a gimmick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Financial Times

About the Author: Peter Holden

He's been an Android fan ever since owning an HTC Hero, with the Dell Streak being his first phablet. He currently carries a Pixel 2 XL, Huawei P20 Pro, and a Huawei MediaPad M5 (8.4) in his pockets and thinks nothing of lugging a 17-inch laptop around in his backpack. When not immersed in the world of Android and gadgets, he's an avid sports fan, and like all South Africans, he loves a good Braai (BBQ).