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Pure White Essential Phone Is Finally Available

Adnan Farooqui October 12, 2017


The Essential Phone was introduced in two color options but the company only released the one in black initially. Apparently, it required more time to put the finishing touches on the white model, that’s because it has taken the company two months to finally offer the Pure White color option for the Essential Phone. Those who have been waiting for one can finally get their hands on a Pure White Essential Phone starting today.

The Pure White Essential Phone can be purchased starting today from the company’s own website as well as from retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. As previously mentioned, it took the company two years to come out with this color option.

Essential hasn’t really given any reason for this delay. Customers who wanted the white one from the start have been made to wait for two months and it seems unlikely right now that Essential will reveal the reason behind this.

There’s nothing different about the Pure White Essential Phone other than the very obvious cosmetic difference. It’s the same smartphone with the very same specifications that the black one touts.

If you’d like to order one, hit up Essential’s website. It’s now available for purchase. You can get it from Amazon and Best Buy as well.

Pure White Essential Phone Is Finally Available , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Has Reportedly Only Sold 5,000 Units So Far

Tyler Lee September 27, 2017

Considering who is behind the Essential Phone, you would think that there would be many flocking to it, however given that it is also a brand new device, some skepticism wouldn’t be surprising. However could there have been too much skepticism? According to a report by BayStreet Research, the Essential Phone appears to have only sold 5,000 units to date.

With that number of units sold, it certainly does pale in comparison to the likes of the tens of millions of devices sold by Apple and Samsung, but like we said, Essential is a brand new company and the Essential Phone is its first device, so you can imagine that too many customers probably don’t want to spend money on something that’s unproven.

According to BayStreet, the 5,000 units is the sell-through which means that these are the units that consumers actually buy through a retailer, or in this case through Sprint which is the Essential Phone’s exclusive carrier in the US. So far reviews of the handset have been mixed, and while it’s hard to deny the smartphone’s beautiful design, the fact that it doesn’t really have that many standout features makes it hard to separate itself from the competition.

In any case the phone and company are still new to the market so perhaps give it some time and things could change, just like OnePlus who was a new player a few years ago, but are now making headlines with their Android smartphones.

Essential Phone Has Reportedly Only Sold 5,000 Units So Far , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Unlocked Essential Phone Available Now From Best Buy

Adnan Farooqui September 24, 2017


Essential, Andy Rubin’s smartphone startup, recently released its first smartphone ever. The Essential Phone was finally released over a month ago after the company missed its own initial release timeframe. Those who have been meaning to get their hands on one can now pick up the Essential Phone from a variety of sources. Best Buy now has the unlocked Essential Phone available for customers across the country.

Customers can always head over to Essential’s website and purchase the Essential Phone. The company has selected Sprint to be its exclusive carrier partner in the United States so the handset is also available from Sprint stores across the country.

Best Buy was previously selling the Sprint variant of the Essential Phone. However, now it’s possible for customers to purchase the unlocked Essential Phone from Best Buy as well. The unlocked variant has support for CDMA and GSM carriers so it can work on all four major networks in the country.

It’s the same device essentially, pun intended, with a 5.71 inch display, Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB RAM and 128GB of storage. All of the internals are packed inside a titanium and ceramic chassis.

Best Buy is selling the unlocked Essential Phone for $699. That’s the same price that Essential is charging for the handset.

Unlocked Essential Phone Available Now From Best Buy , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Now Supported On Verizon

Adnan Farooqui September 17, 2017


Essential’s first smartphone has finally received approval on Verizon which means that the Essential Phone is now compatible with the country’s largest mobile network. Verizon didn’t guarantee initially if the Essential Phone would work on its network, adding that the handset hadn’t cleared the certification process. That is no longer the case now, Essential Phone owners can start using their handset on Verizon.

Essential Phone has the necessary hardware to support all four major carriers in the United States. It launched with Sprint as its exclusive carrier partner in the country while AT&T and T-Mobile both confirmed later that the handset would work on their networks.

Only Verizon was left and it didn’t guarantee initially if the handset would be able to work on its network. Essential has put its first smartphone through the certification process at Verizon.

The company confirmed via Twitter that the Essential Phone is now compatible with the Verizon network. Some Verizon customers had been able to use their handset on the network by just popping their SIM in even though it wasn’t technically supported.

Now that Verizon officially supports the Essential Phone, its customers can expect much better support for the handset. The carrier hasn’t really explained why it needed to take more time to approve a phone that its rivals added to their lineups quickly.

We’re excited to share that Essential Phone is now compatible with the @Verizon network. #ThisisEssential

— Essential (@essential) September 16, 2017

Essential Phone Now Supported On Verizon , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone To Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update In Next Few Months

Tyler Lee September 14, 2017

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was launched a few months ago and the phone came with Android 7.0 Nougat bundled with it. Given that this is a brand new phone from a brand new company, it does give Rubin and co. a chance to prove themselves to their customers, and one of those ways is through timely updates.

With Android 8.0 Oreo already making its way to Pixel handsets and with various OEMs already working on the update for their devices, the question is when will the Essential Phone receive its tasty treat? The good news is that owners of the phone won’t have to wait too long, according to a recent AMA held on Reddit in which the company confirmed that the phone will receive the Oreo update in the next couple of months.

In response to one of the questions asked by users, Rebecca Zavin, Essential’s VP of Software was quoted as saying, “We are excited about supporting 3rd party developers. We’ll be releasing our kernel and factory images in the next few days. Android O will be coming in the next month or two.”

Given that the company pretty much only has one phone to update at the moment, we guess it makes sense that they will be able to push out the update faster than other OEMs. Apart from the 1-2 month time frame, no specific dates have been mentioned, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information.

Essential Phone To Receive Android 8.0 Oreo Update In Next Few Months , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Sprint Starts Selling Essential Phone At Retail Stores

Adnan Farooqui September 14, 2017


Andy Rubin’s new smartphone company Essential unveiled its first handset a few months back. Aptly called the Essential Phone, the handset was released weeks after its original release date. Essential is selling it directly to customers and it has chosen Sprint as its exclusive carrier partner for the handset. Starting today, Sprint is selling the Essential Phone at its retail stores across the nation.

Sprint was previously taking pre-orders for the Essential Phone and later started selling it to customers via the web. Essential has already been selling it via its own website from the very first day.

Retail availability at Sprint stores across the globe gives customers the opportunity to get their hands on the device before they decide whether or not they want to purchase it.

It’s going to go a long way in educating customers that there’s a new smartphone company on the block called Essential and that it’s selling its very first handset now.

Sprint is selling the Essential Phone with an 18 month lease for $29.17 per month. It can also be purchased for the full price of $699.99.

Those who want to purchase an unlocked variant of the Essential Phone should purchase it directly from Essential’s own website.

Sprint Starts Selling Essential Phone At Retail Stores , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Gets Branded As A ‘Hot Mess’

Adnan Farooqui September 5, 2017


Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone finally started shipping a couple of weeks back after missing the company’s own initial release deadline. If you’re one of the people who picked up this handset, you might want to take extra care of this device because you woudn’t want to end up in a situation where it needs to be repaired. That’s because the teardown experts at iFixit have branded the Essential Phone as a “hot mess.”

The folks at iFixit tore down the Essential Phone recently and found that it’s quite difficult to repair. The handset scored a 1 out of 10 on iFixit’s repairability scale. Essential Phone has thus scored a place on the list of devices that are the most difficult to repair.

“Any attempt at repair is likely to inflict as much damage as it fixes,” iFixit notes in its teardown. As I said, you’d not want to be in a position where you have to get your Essential Phone repaired.

They found that none of the internals were accessible by opening the back of the phone. The screen actually had to be frozen and cracked just to gain access to the internal components.

Even the USB Type-C port is very difficult to replace or repair given that it’s soldered to the motherboard. This makes it difficult to get any work done on this little component.

Do check out the full teardown over at iFixit to see just how difficult it is to repair the Essential Phone.

Essential Phone Gets Branded As A ‘Hot Mess’ , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Customers Hit By Phishing Attack

Adnan Farooqui August 30, 2017


Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s new smartphone company Essential recently started shipping out its first smartphone. The company actually missed its own release deadline due to certification issues. Customers were made to wait for longer than they expected and now that their units have started shipping, some of them have been hit by a phishing attack. That’s really no fault of the company itself, though.

Many Essential customers have reported on Reddit that they have received emails that have apparently been sent by Essential. The emails are asking them to provide “additional verifying information” about their orders.

The emails have been sent from a support account customercare@essential.com. They claim that the company requires the additional information in order to process their order.

It asks for an alternative email address, phone number, and even a picture of a photo ID that clearly shows the customer’s signature, photo, and address.

It’s unclear if any customers have fallen prey to this phishing attack so far. The issue has been widely reported, though, and Essential is aware of the situation. The company tweeted that it’s looking into a recent email that was received by some customers.

“We’ve taken steps to mitigate & will update with more info soon,” it added. If you’re someone who has received an email like this, please do not reply with your personal information. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

We’re aware of & looking into a recent e-mail received by some customers. We’ve taken steps to mitigate & will update with more info soon.

— Essential (@essential) August 30, 2017

Essential Customers Hit By Phishing Attack , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Is Finally Shipping

Adnan Farooqui August 27, 2017


Essential, the nascent smartphone company founded by the co-founder of Android Andy Rubin, unveiled its first smartphone earlier this year. The Essential Phone was supposed to be released over a month ago but the company missed its own release deadline. After confirming when the handset would be out, Essential has now finally started shipping the Essential Phone.

The release delay wasn’t caused by any production issues, apparently. Essential later confirmed that it had missed its own release deadline due to certification issues.

Essential’s first flagship smartphone has the kind of specs that you would expect from any Android-powered flagship this year. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a 3040mAh battery.

The handset also features a dual camera system at the back, a USB Type-C connector, and a near stock version of Android. The body of the device itself is fashioned out of titanium while the back is ceramic.

The company finally started taking pre-orders for its first flagship smartphone earlier this month and it has now started shipping those units.

Essential has confirmed via Twitter that it has begun shipping the Essential Phone and that customers will soon receive an email with the tracking information.

Essential Phone Is Finally Shipping , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Essential Phone Available For Pre-Order From Sprint, Best Buy, And Essential

Adnan Farooqui August 17, 2017


Essential unveiled its very first smartphone over a month back. The company missed its own launch deadline for the handset. The company’s founder Andy Rubin said last week that Essential will confirm when its first smartphone will be available. Those who have been waiting to order it can now do so. The Essential Phone can now be pre-ordered from Best Buy, Sprint, and Essential itself.

Essential and Best Buy are both selling the Essential Phone unlocked and off-contract for $699. Sprint is the exclusive carrier partner for this smartphone in the United States. Nevertheless, both versions of the handset are compatible with all major carriers in the country.

Customers who purchase the handset from Essential can get the 360 camera module for the new flagship for an additional $50. This promotional pricing for the camera module is only being offered for a limited time.

Sprint is also offering its own launch date for the handset. Customers can get it on the carrier’s Sprint Flex Lease program for 50 percent off so their monthly payment for the device will be $14.58.

Essential’s first smartphone is guaranteed to receive Android OS updates for 2 years and the company promises to release monthly security updates for its device for 3 years.

Essential Phone Available For Pre-Order From Sprint, Best Buy, And Essential , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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