The Essential Phone aka PH-1 was the brainchild of Android co-founder Andy Rubin which was launched in the summer of 2017. It tried to strike all the missing chords and shortcomings of a flagship smartphone at the fraction of a cost. With the high-end Snapdragon 835 processor, USB type c port connectivity and out of the ordinary notch design, the Essential Phone was an underdog. Those who owned that smartphone took pride because of the top-notch hardware and price it was being offered. The company also promised fast software updates and delivered on it, many times releasing updates within few hours of those being released on Pixel.
Essential Phone – Discontinued
Today, a company spokesperson gave the statement saying that they are officially sold out and won’t be adding new inventory in future. The complete statement says –
We are sold out of Essential Phone on essential.com and won’t be adding any new inventory. We are now hard at work on our next mobile product and will continue to sell accessories and provide speedy software updates and customer support to our existing community.Essential Spokesperson
Since the company will be looking at releasing this new device sometime in 2019, we can draw few guesses as to what hardware it may have. The phone could potentially run on Snapdragon 855 and offer 5G connectivity. It also makes sense to think that the PH-2, their next smartphone could have under the display fingerprint reader and punch-hole type notch.
It’s an interesting year ahead as far as phone tech is concerned. I’m really pumped up.