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Essential's first smartphone coming to Japan, the UK, and other European countries

By Jos
Jul 17, 2017
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img alt="" src="https://techspot-static-xjzaqowzxaoif5.stackpathdns.com/images2/news/bigimage/2017/05/2017-05-30-image-8.png" style="width: 1100px; height: 1004px;" /></p> <p>Andy Rubin&rsquo;s Essential smartphone missed its June release date in the US and suffered a bit of a blow in recent days after its VP of marketing, Brian Wallace, left the company. But despite these setbacks they&rsquo;re already working to launch the upcoming flagship phone in more markets &mdash; specifically the UK, mainland Europe and Japan.</p> <p>According to a report by the <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/0cfa4266-6895-11e7-9a66-93fb352ba1fe">Financial Times</a>, the company is already in talks with UK carriers including EE around an exclusivity deal. There was no mention of a launch time frame.</p> <p>Over in the US, Sprint is confirmed to be the <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/69673-essential-smartphone-sprint-exclusive-us-but-work-all.html">exclusive launch partner</a> for the near bezel-less, stock Android smartphone. While the company missed its launch target of June, today&#39;s FT report quotes Essential COO Niccolo de Masi as saying the release is &quot;iminent.&quot;</p> <p>Essential&rsquo;s first smartphone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 4GB of RAM, USB Type-C, a 3040mAh battery, and 128GB of UFS 2.0 internal storage. Unlike many of today&rsquo;s aluminum phones, the device is made of titanium and ceramic, and should be able to withstand accidental falls and bumps better than most. It also looks sleek, with a conspicuous absence of logos.</p> <p>Probably the most noticeable feature is that 5.7-inch, 2560 x 1312 QHD (503 PPI) screen. Like most modern flagships, the 19:10 display has an edge-to-edge design, but it goes all the way to the top, wrapping itself around the front-facing camera.</p> <p>As with Motorola&rsquo;s Moto Mods, you can customize the handset by attaching accessories; in this case, they stick to the magnetic pins on its back. One of the add-ons is a 360-degree camera that can shoot spherical UHD video at 30 fps. There&rsquo;s also a cradle-style charging dock available.</p> <p>Other features include Gorilla Glass 5, Android Nougat 7.1.1, a rear fingerprint sensor, Bluetooth 5.0, and no bloatware. The Essential phone is available to pre-order for $699 or $749 if you want the camera accessory. No word yet on when it&rsquo;ll ship.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/70161-essential-first-smartphone-coming-japan-uk-other-european.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/70161-essential-first-smartphone-coming-japan-uk-other-european.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/70161-essential-first-smartphone-coming-japan-uk-other-european.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
  2. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,489   +436

    This must be the child of the iPhone 4 and Galaxy S8. It actually looks really good and would have my interest if it were $100 less and not a Sprint exclusive.
  3. No bloatware and an absence of logo's...wish that would catch on

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