The bezel-free Essential Phone is finally ready to hit the big time after getting announced to great fanfare back in May this year. The handset has finally gone up for pre-orders via various outlets in the US.
The release is a bit later than expected given that Essential had promised to ship the phone out starting from June 2017. In fact, people who pre-order the device right now will still have to wait a while before shipping begins.
The exact date is unclear, with Sprint claiming that full retail availability will happen within a few weeks and Amazon stating that the Essential Phone will be released on September 1. The former is the smartphone’s exclusive carrier in the US. Unlocked models will be sold via the company’s own site, Best Buy, and the aforementioned Amazon.
The base price of the Essential Phone is $699, though there are a few offers around to sweeten the deal. The brand itself is throwing in its $199 360-degree camera mod at $50, increasing the cost to $749. Sprint is granting a 50% discount if a buyer takes up its Flex 18-month lease scheme, knocking down the rate from $29.17/month to $14.58/month.
A quick look at the Essential Phone’s specifications:
– OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
– Display: 5.71-inch, 2560 x 1312 pixels
– Memory: 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
– Camera: 13MP + 13MP rear, 8MP front
– CPU: octa-core Snapdragon 835
– GPU: Adreno 540
– Battery: 3040mAh
– Size: 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8mm
– Weight: 185g
– Connectivity: 4G LTE, USB Type-C, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS
Like we mentioned above, you can buy the Essential Phone via Amazon, Best Buy, Sprint, and the brand’s site.