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Essential is Now Shipping its First Phone to Customers

Last week, Andy Rubin’s new company launched its first product, the Essential Phone. It was well-received by reviewers and early testers, but customers haven’t had the privilege of having the same experience just yet. Now, those who reserved a glossy black PH-1 should expect their order at their doorstep soon as Essential says they’re beginning to ship the device to buyers.

No matte white for you!

For now, you won’t be able to buy any of the matte finishes for the Essential Phone, while the white model has also not begun shipping. Previously, Essential gave buyers the option of switching from the white finish to the black one in order for them to receive their device sooner.

Essential is also still not shipping their 360-degree camera module. If you recall, this accessory magnetically snaps to the back of the PH-1 and transfers power and data over USB-powered pogo pins. Unfortunately, it looks like this device won’t be available for a little while. We’re reaching out to Essential to try and receive information on when it might become available. We’ll update you when we hear back.

For reference, the Essential Phone has a 5.7-inch 2560×1312 bezel-less display, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, Android 7.1 Nougat, dual 13MP cameras, Bluetooth 5, and a 3040mAh battery sealed inside a ceramic and titanium body.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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