Essential Phone has already received a 50% discount even before it's released

Essential Phone now available for purchase starting at $699

Consensus is that despite the company's strong financial backing - securing at least $US300 million in funding - the Essential Phone is unlikely to be a serious threat to Samsung or Apple in the early interim.

"We can have a radically different form factor for our next phone, but you can still use your accessories". Apparently, the carrier has an offer for the first people to pre-order the phone in Black Moon. The Essential Phone is now live on the Telus website. and that's all.

Sprint is offering a 50% discount on the Essential Phone for a limited time, which means you will only have to pay $14.58 each month with $0 down with 18 Sprint Flex Lease payments, saving you $260. "Live streaming Essential 360° video is the kind of unique experience and functionality that is a ideal use of Sprint's national high speed data network". You can also get the Essential 360° camera, the world's smallest 360° 4K camera, at just $199.99 or $16.67 per month for 12 months with Installment Billing. When a company run by Andy Rubin releases a phone, people take notice - and they'll also have to take out their wallet, because the Essential Phone is a cool $699.

Just to recall, the Essential Phone boasts of a titanium and ceramic build, an nearly edge to edge display with minimum bezel at the bottom, dual camera setup, and a fingerprint scanner.

The smartphone is powered by an Octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 835 (2.45GHz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) processor which is paired with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. The handset does not come with a microSD card slot, but the 128GB of onboard storage should be sufficient for all but the most demanding power users out there. For the front, there is an 8MP shooter with f/2.2 fixed hyperfocal lens and 4K video recording. On the connectivity front, it supports Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, NFC, 4G LTE, USB Type-C and fingerprint sensor.

Rubin further said that the Essential Phone will also be receiving security updates for three years, which is till 2020. In terms of battery, the phone is juiced up by a 3040mAh with fast charging.

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