Essential, the nascent smartphone company founded by the co-founder of Android Andy Rubin, unveiled its first smartphone earlier this year. The Essential Phone was supposed to be released over a month ago but the company missed its own release deadline. After confirming when the handset would be out, Essential has now finally started shipping the Essential Phone.

The release delay wasn’t caused by any production issues, apparently. Essential later confirmed that it had missed its own release deadline due to certification issues.

Essential’s first flagship smartphone has the kind of specs that you would expect from any Android-powered flagship this year. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a 3040mAh battery.

The handset also features a dual camera system at the back, a USB Type-C connector, and a near stock version of Android. The body of the device itself is fashioned out of titanium while the back is ceramic.

The company finally started taking pre-orders for its first flagship smartphone earlier this month and it has now started shipping those units.

Essential has confirmed via Twitter that it has begun shipping the Essential Phone and that customers will soon receive an email with the tracking information.

Filed in Cellphones. Read more about Essential and Essential Phone (PH-1).

Display
5.71"
2560x1312 IPS LCD
Price (approximative)
~$499 - Amazon
Camera
13 MP
F1.85 Aperture Size
Weight
185 g
Battery
3040 mAh
Removable Battery
Launched in
2017/05/01
System
4GB RAM
Snapdragon 835 + None
Storage (GB)
128
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