Android creator Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 smartphone could hit the market soon. Rubin shared images of PH-1 in production on Twitter, adding that more information on when and where it will be available will be out by next week. “We are in full mass production, ramping up to deliver your Essential Phone. Find out where you can get yours next week! #thisisessential,” Rubin wrote on Twitter. Essential PH-1 was unveiled in May. Last month, Rubin had sent out an email to its customers saying Essential PH-1 is going through “certification and testing with multiple US and international carriers” and it will start shipping in a few weeks. There is no confirmation on the date of launch as of now, but we can expect it pretty soon now.
— Andy Rubin (@Arubin) August 9, 2017
Essential Products, the company behind the phone, has raised $300 million till now in new funding. It has signed up retailers to sell the PH-1 smartphone. Even Amazon is now an investor in Essential. The company’s initial two devices will be a high-end PH-1 smartphone and an Amazon Echo-like gadget for homes. Essential PH-1 is a $699 phone with a titanium and ceramic case. The smartphone will compete directly against Samsung Galaxy S8 series smartphones and the upcoming iPhone 8 this holiday season. Essential PH-1 is a modular smartphone that comes with magnetic sensors to support mods. The company is selling 360-degree camera add-on attachment separately at $749 (or approx Rs. 48,437).
Essential PH-1 features an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1312 pixels. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating on top. The PH-1 weighs approximately 185 grams and is 7.8 mm thick. It runs Android operating system.
Essential PH-1 sports dual rear camera (13MP Dual RGB, Mono + 13MP True Monochrome) with f/1.85 aperture, and hybrid autofocus. The front camera is 8MP with f/2.20 aperture and fixed hyper focal lens. The smartphone is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with Adreno 540 GPU. There is 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Essential PH-1 is backed by a 3040mAh battery and it supports fast charging technology as well.