Andy Rubin's Essential Smartphone Gets A Never Before Design

Essential A11

Essential A11

For Rubin, Essential is far from his first time in the smartphone market.

There was consternation back in May when Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 phone was revealed as an exclusive of America's fourth placed network, Sprint.

Meanwhile, after Essential missed its initial shipping window a few weeks, ago, Niccolo de Masi, chief operating officer of the company, stated that the phone's release in the U.S. is "imminent". And now, it seems that other countries around the world will finally get a chance to snag the smartphone for themselves.

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That's according to the Financial Times, which reports that Essential is in talks with United Kingdom carriers, namely EE, about a potential exclusivity deal.

The launch will take place this year, according to the report, with the UK's largest 4G network EE said to be among those in contention to exclusively carry it. Essential has reportedly held talks with United Kingdom networks last week to decide on a launch date and a potential exclusive deal.

Now the only confirmed peripheral is a 360-degree camera which attaches to the phone via a magnetic pin connector it calls "Click", which cleverly transmits data to attachments over a wireless connection.

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The phone will be sold unlocked directly through Essential's website, but among US carriers, the company has only partnered up with Sprint.

What's raising more questions now is the news that the company's VP of marketing, Brian Wallace, has left the company.

Niccolo de Masi says the U.S. launch is "imminent". While there are fans out there who are disappointed by the slight delay, it looks like the wait will be over soon enough.

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Andy Rubin, the author of the Android OS, has recently created a startup Essential, which a few weeks ago introduced the Essential mobile Phone. This combined with the for-tech-enthusiasts approach could become Essential's core identity but also its downfall.

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