Andy Rubin promises his behind Essential Phone is still alive

What ever happened to a Essential phone? I’ve been seeking myself that doubt for weeks. Andy Rubin, a owner of Android, went open with a new smartphone company in May to good fanfare, and a initial product, a Essential phone, looked like a slim-bezel consternation with a quirky front camera chain that cut into a screen. The physique was titanium and ceramic, a specs were high-end with a Snapdragon 835, and it was nonetheless another phone with a dumb modular appendage system. Rubin himself promised that a device would be expelled by Jun 30, though that date came and went but a sight from Essential. Then Jul passed. Now it’s August.

Now, it seems like Essential is finally prepared to launch. Company President Niccolo De Masi promised The Wall Street Journal that an “exact” recover date will be announced subsequent week. Rubin took to Twitter to uncover off some cinema of a public lines, where we can see a physique being milled out of titanium.

One thing that will assistance Essential get to prolongation is a $300 million investment that was first reported by Bloomberg in June. Essential reliable a proclamation to The Wall Street Journal, and Amazon and Chinese powerhouse Tencent Holdings Ltd valid to be the categorical investors. Amazon’s investment comes from “The Alexa Fund,” a VC account designed to kickstart inclination that run Amazon’s voice software. Does this meant a Essential Phone will come with Alexa onboard?

The $699 device will be sole during a disdainful US conduit partner, Sprint (insert “womp womp” sound here), along with an unbarred chronicle accessible during Amazon, Best Buy, and Essential.com.

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