Last May, Andy Rubin, co-founder of Android, teased the public with his first Android-based smartphone. At the time, he said that the phone, to be called Essential PH-1, will be released a month later. Unfortunately, the supposed release date has come and gone and the Essential Ph-1 is still nowhere to be found.
Weeks after the supposed release, Rubin kept his quite and did not give any update on the phone. A few more weeks into July, a report that one of the top management from the company has sought out to move on. Still, Rubin nor anyone in the company did not release any official statement. At least until a few days ago.
Rubin, using Essential’s official social media channel, released the first statement addressing the delays on the Essential PH-1. According to Rubin, the delays on the phone’s release has more to do with the various carrier certifications both within the U.S. and globally. Rubin said that his team is hard at work trying to get all the certifications for the Essential PH-1.
We've been working around the clock to get our first device in your hands. See this update from Andy. pic.twitter.com/bm5xm5XRKS
— Essential (@essential) July 21, 2017
In addition to the clarifications, the CEO also said that the phone will be ready to ship “in a few weeks.” Although he did not specifically say when the supposed release will be, this is enough to address the qualms of fans expecting to have the phone soon.
The Essential PH-1, as mentioned, is the first smartphone from Rubin following Google’s acquisition of Android. Many fans are quite hopeful about the said phone. From one of the leaked images, it seems like the Essential PH-1 will feature a micro bezel design, which is becoming even more prevalent in recent smartphone releases. Furthermore, the phone will also come with various devices or mods that easily attach to the phone with magnets. On release, the Essential PH-1 will be priced at $699, and with the 360-degree camera mod, $749.
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