The new high-end smartphone from the co-creator of Android is finally available to order
Essential says the device, which is simply called Phone, is available at Sprint, Best Buy, and its own website.
As previously announced, it costs $699 outright, and is only available in the US to start. Only the black version of the Phone is available, too; Essential said earlier this week that models with a white finish are currently delayed.Sprint is running a promotion in which shoppers can lease the phone for $14.59 a month for 18 months, though you'll have to either purchase the phone outright or trade it in for another device once that period is up. Sprint says the phone is estimated to ship by August 28.
Reports yesterday said those who pre-registered to buy the Essential Phone had started to receive emails from the company saying their device would ship in the next week. Rubin also said last Wednesday that Essential would begin revealing release details for the Phone within a week, so Thursday's update was not unexpected.
The Essential Phone is a high-end device designed to be in the same class as popular flagships like Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S8. It comes with the usual slate of top-level specs, a titanium and ceramic finish, a clean version of Android, and a display with minimal borders. Apple's next iPhone is expected to use a similar display design. It will also support a family of "modular" accessories, beginning with a 360-degree camera.
Still, the Essential Phone itself looks to be suitably premium. Business Insider will have a full review in the near future.