Although its official unveiling didn’t bring any details about when it would hit the market, the Essential Phone was internally targeted to start shipping to those who pre-ordered by the end of June. This deadline was revealed by Andy Rubin himself, the co-creator of Android and head of the new Essential smartphone venture.
That obviously hasn’t happened, though. Following a few weeks of complete silence from Essential and Rubin on the matter, today the company’s official Twitter account has published the message you can see embedded below.
We’ve been working around the clock to get our first device in your hands. See this update from Andy. pic.twitter.com/bm5xm5XRKS
Essential (@essential) July 21, 2017
So the good news is that the wait is almost over. The bad news is that it’s not over-over – and that “a few weeks” really could mean a lot of things. We’re hoping that a more concrete deadline will be revealed soon, but until then let’s assume that if you pre-ordered an Essential Phone you will have it in your hands by the end of August at the latest.
The Essential Phone boasts a 5.71″ 1,312×2,560 near-bezelless touchscreen, and it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC. It has 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a titanium frame, ceramic back, and a dual rear camera setup. A 3,040 mAh battery keeps the lights on, and the device boots Android 7.1.1 Nougat.