Essential confirms $300M funding, Amazon and Best Buy retail availability

Essential Phone release details in a week promised amid $300m raise

Essential is one of the newest entrants in the smartphone space after being conceptualized and set up by Andy Rubin, the once co-founder of Android at Google. Company president Niccolo De Masi promised The Wall Street Journal that an "exact" release date will be announced next week. Rubin, Essential's founder and CEO, has said Essential Home will be created to interact with various smart home ecosystems and will allow owners to use Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant to control their device.

The PH-1 will be available in the summer with a tag price of $699 and will be exclusively distributed by Sprint. Inside, the handset is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. In addition to its smart home hub, Amazon might also be looking to strengthen its position in smartphones, as its earlier efforts with the Fire phone were not that successful.

The Essential Phone was announced back in May and was expected to ship in June, but it has not yet been released.

So where's the Essential phone?

At this point, we're still awaiting that concrete release date, but it seems we'll be finding out more within a week, so stay tuned. The phone will also be available through Sprint in the U.S. and Telus in Canada.

It's also a modular phone; users will be able to buy a separate 360° camera at launch which, using magnets, attaches itself to the phone.

Secondary Camera: The front camera of the Essential smartphone is a 8MP unit with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Do you think it will have a significant impact on the United States smartphone market?

The phone is charged on a dock that connects to the phone magnetically. Those 30 days came and went, but the phone did not. It will also be free of the boxes, tubes, or odd lightings, which are usually found in other smart home hubs.The speaker will have Ambient OS, which has the ability to introduce itself to new and existing devices, setting them up instantly. However, with the hyper-competitive US wireless market littered with the corpses of gadgets that are neither Samsung Galaxy nor iPhone, consumer momentum for a new high-end entrant is an unknown quantity.

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