The Essential phone drew much attention from geeks the moment it was announced. Theres a singular reason for that its made by a startup founded by Andy Rubin, often called the father of Android. And not just any startup, a $1.2 billion startup.
So, how many phones has Essential sold since sales went live on September 9? BayStreet Research estimates that number is 5,000.
Five thousand phones in the hands of consumers is not a huge number. Despite a troubled launch, the OnePlus One quickly reached 500,000 sales (Essential experienced a delay as well).
To be fair, the One was sold at manufacturing cost but it successfully rode the hype train. The Essential phone meanwhile is fairly expensive ($700 is still a lot, no matter the Apple comparisons) and is exclusive to the smallest US carrier Sprint. The only other country to get it is Canada, a European launch was confirmed but the timing is still up in the air.
The Essential team needs to sit down and rework its strategy as things will only get harder for the plucky startup – many flagships launched since the PH-1 went on sale and a few will launch next month.