Essential unveiled its very first smartphone over a month back. The company missed its own launch deadline for the handset. The company’s founder Andy Rubin said last week that Essential will confirm when its first smartphone will be available. Those who have been waiting to order it can now do so. The Essential Phone can now be pre-ordered from Best Buy, Sprint, and Essential itself.
Essential and Best Buy are both selling the Essential Phone unlocked and off-contract for $699. Sprint is the exclusive carrier partner for this smartphone in the United States. Nevertheless, both versions of the handset are compatible with all major carriers in the country.
Customers who purchase the handset from Essential can get the 360 camera module for the new flagship for an additional $50. This promotional pricing for the camera module is only being offered for a limited time.
Sprint is also offering its own launch date for the handset. Customers can get it on the carrier’s Sprint Flex Lease program for 50 percent off so their monthly payment for the device will be $14.58.
Essential’s first smartphone is guaranteed to receive Android OS updates for 2 years and the company promises to release monthly security updates for its device for 3 years.