Essential Phone pre-orders start at Sprint, deliveries expected in September

BUSINESS Android co-founder has a plan to cure our smartphone addiction 19 Aug 2017 9:37am 6 minutes to read Andy Rubin

So far, only the unlocked variant was available for pre-order at Best Buy.

A ceramic back features a built-in magnetic connector with wireless data transfer, ensuring your phone is "cord-free, future-proof, and always up-to-date", according to the company website.

In a statement, Telus vice-president of mobile devices Robert Currie said the company was very pleased to bring the Essential phone to Canadians.

PH-1 will receive "guaranteed" Android OS updates for two years, with monthly security boosts for three years.

Andy Rubin announced the Essential Phone back in May and promised that it will be released within the next 30 days. As you know, it was one of the most anticipated smartphones of this year.

In addition, customers can also purchase the Essential 360 Camera for United States dollars 199.99, or pay USD 16.67 a month for 12 months with Sprint's Installment Billing option.

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Just to recall, the Essential Phone boasts of a titanium and ceramic build, an nearly edge to edge display with minimum bezel at the bottom, dual camera setup, and a fingerprint scanner. On the camera front, the Essential Phone comes with a 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology along with f/1.8 aperture and LED flash.

Jumping straight to the specifications, the device comes loaded with a 5.71-inch QHD display with a screen resolution of 2560 x 1312 pixels and an unusual aspect ratio of 19:10 coupled with 500nits brightness.

The phone runs on Android and is powered by a Kryo Octa-core processor and Adreno 540 GPU. The handset does not come with a microSD card slot, but the 128GB of onboard storage should be sufficient for all but the most demanding power users out there. For the front, there is an 8MP shooter with f/2.2 fixed hyperfocal lens and 4K video recording. The smartphone will ship with the Android 7.1 Nougat operating system out of the box, with an update to Android O likely arriving before the end of the year.

Connectivity options provided with the smartphone include 4G LTE, Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, NFC, GPS, USB Type-C port, Nano-SIM support, and GLONASS.

Talking about the battery, the device is backed by a 3040mAh cell with fast charging support.

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