There's no word on an exact release date yet, but the report notes that the Essential Phone will land in Blighty before the year is out. Now, prior to its launch, the firm has suffered a bit of a blow, losing its VP of marketing, Brian Wallace. The same smartphone received the FCC approval in the US, which is necessary for its release. There's a small bezel at the bottom of the phone, but Essential has still opted for a rear-facing fingerprint sensor.
Internally, the phone sports its share of high-end specifications, including a 2,560 x 1,312-pixel display and a Snapdragon 835 processor.
Now the only confirmed peripheral is a 360-degree camera which attaches to the phone via a magnetic pin connector it calls "Click", which cleverly transmits data to attachments over a wireless connection.
In any case, we can not be sure that this is the Essential PH-1, but it makes sense, the device got certified by the FCC recently, and we've been waiting for this Wi-Fi certification, so chances are that this is, in fact, the Essential PH-1 which was announced by Essential back in May.
Seeing as the Essential Phone hasn't even launched in the USA yet, despite initial plans for a June launch, we're not holding out too much hope at the moment for a swift arrival in the UK.
The Essential Phone is a device that's at the top of my personal radar, and although official new details surrounding the phone are still quite slim, an official Wi-Fi Certified document for the device reveals that it will be running Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box.
While it's unlikely to compete with their sales, the Essential Phone is an interesting handset, designed for "trend setters and technology seekers" according to de Masi. Since missing that window, the company has remained relatively low key about the Phone. As per the COO of the brand, Niccolo de Masi, the Essential Phone's release is imminent in the USA market. As we head into the tail-end of July, we have yet to see a product ship, leaving many to wonder what could be holding up the smartphone. Rubin joined Google when the search giant acquired startup Android in 2005. Interestingly enough, Playground is backed by Google and HP.