The Essential Phone has arrived: here are the basics

26 May 2017

Andy Rubin is the guy who founded Android and he just launched the flagship phone for his new startup, Essential Products. 

The phone is called the Essential Phone. 

We're bringing you the basics in case you're after a new phone once you've compared cell phone plans. The Essential Phone is a Snapdragon 835 device and it'll cost you $699.  Read on for the rundown. 

Here's what you get

  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • 5.71-inch, 2560×1312 display (504 PPI) 
  • 19:10 aspect ratio
  • Camera is 8MP
  • 3040mAh battery, a fast charging USB C port, and the modular connector. 
  • Rear fingerprint reader 
  • No headphone jack
  • No SD card slot
  • You can learn more about this flagship phone from Essential Products here.

Which carrier carries this phone?

Good question. This phone has just been unveiled and while everyone is kicking the tires, we want to know where we can get it. The answer right now is you can't actually get the phone from your carrier or any carrier right now. You can reserve your place in line for the phone from their website

Here's what's working for the Essential Phone: it is unlocked and can work with every big carrier's network. This is fantastic news for anyone who likes to jump ship from carrier to carrier after the latest, best cell phone deals. And there's nothing average about making sure cell phone carriers don't charge you more than what you want to pay, especially when the Essential Phone will probably essentially charge closer to $1000 after taxes.

We leave you with this

If you're someone who absolutely needs to have the latest smartphone, get yourself on  their reserve list now. You're not obligated to buy the phone. You're just "in line" to buy. 

This phone is designed to be compatible with an "essential home" where all devices have dongles and connectors so your home is a "smart" one. It is meant to be "exclusive" and Essential Products are admittedly not for everyone. Take that how you will. 

Don't want to get a new phone, anyway? Good. Just get a new cell phone plan and stop paying more than you should. Check out cell phones and cell phone plans

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