The Essential Phone is getting a headphone jack by way of a magnetic add-on

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone continues the trend of abandonment 3.5mm headphone jack, as it is apparently not an essential feature anymore. But puns aside, the jack is actually coming to the bezel-less phone in the form of a modular add-on! How exciting is that?

Okay, it won’t actually be the jack by itself in some sort of a tiny, magnetic clip-on, it will instead be a part of a larger, dedicated hi-fi module for the phone, which could be a neat addition for audiophiles.
“We are working literally around the clock around …


Essential Phone gets certified, will now work on Verizon's network

While the only U.S. carrier selling (and leasing) the Essential Phone is Sprint, the carrier branded model and the unlocked version available from Essential, Amazon or Best Buy are now both certified for use with Verizon’s network. A text disseminated by Essential on Friday night, and one sent by Andy Rubin, both confirm that the Verizon certification is now complete for the handset that features a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge LCD display.

If you have a Verizon SIM card, all you need to do is insert it into the phone. It might take a reboot (according to Andy Rubin) before your Essential Phone …

Essential Phone confirmed to receive Android 8.0 Oreo “in the next month or two”


The Essential Phone has only been
recently launched on the market, so it makes perfect sense that the
handset ships with Android Nougat on board. However, Andy Rubin’s
company plans to offer customers who purchased the Essential Phone
the option to upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo.

During a Reddit AMA scheduled earlier
today, Andy Rubin and other Essential officials answered some of the
questions posted by users. Concerning the Android Oreo update,
Rebecca Zavin, Essential’s VP of Software confirmed that it will be
released “in the next month or two.”

We are excited about supporting …

Essential Phone receives a new update that actually makes it usable

The Essential Phone was one of the most unexpected surprises this year. Unfortunately, we don’t believe the device was ready for prime time. We’ve had the chance to spend some time with Andy Rubin’s phone and what we found was that while the Essential Phone features an exquisite build quality that can make other flagship blush, the device completely fails when it comes to performance.

The good news is one of the many issues that our Maxwell R. complained about in the Essential Phone review, the “stunted and wonky performance during basic user interactions,” is finally being addressed.

Essential …

Essential Phone coming to all Sprint stores on September 14


The wait is finally over
and the Essential Phone will be available for purchase in all Sprint
retail channels on September 14. The only carrier in the United
States that sells the Essential Phone, Sprint announced that, for a
limited time, customers can lease it for $14.58 per month and take
advantage of the best price for fully featured Unlimited data among
national carriers.

Basically, you’ll get 50%
off Essential Phone and you won’t have to pay anything ($0 down) with
18 Sprint Flex Lease payments, thus saving more than $260. On top of
that, the Essential 360-degree camera costs just …

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8, S8 vs LG V30 vs Essential Phone: "bezel-less" size comparison

Xiaomi, a company that is big in China, but has no official presence in the United States (and very little in Europe), has launched its best phone yet: the bezel-less Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
The Mi Mix 2 is the successor of what’s arguably the first bezel-less phone: last year’s gigantic, 6.44-inch Mi Mix.
The original Mi Mix was deemed a “concept phone” and sold in limited quantities, and it never really proved all that practical, not least because of its huge size. The new Mi Mix 2, however, has taken some valuable lessons …

This Essential Phone scratch and bend test reveals the toughness of titanium and ceramic

Priced at $699, the Essential Phone is more than just another high-end handset – thanks to its design and the rather rare materials that it’s made of, including titanium and ceramic. As it turns out, these materials make the phone tougher than most of its competitors.

The scratch and bend test seen in the video below shows that the Essential Phone is seriously well built. The entire front of the device (camera included) is covered by Gorilla Glass 5 – this puts it on par with the likes of Apple iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8. In other words, the handset’s …

The Essential Phone is unreasonably difficult to repair, close to impossible

When Andy Rubin announced its start-up will launch an Android smartphone called Essential Phone, many have been reluctant that the device will find its place among the flagships launched by more experience and tradition in the industry.

After a couple of missed deadlines, it became clear that the Essential Phone was not ready for prime time. Now that the smartphone is shipping to those who placed pre-orders, people are probably wondering whether or not to purchase it.

At first glance, the Essential Phone looks like an unusual device, but not necessarily in a bad way. But how easy …

Essential Phone orders start shipping, customers should receive theirs on August 31

The Essential Phone saga is far from being over, as the US-based company is struggling to ship its only product to customers who already pre-order it. Even though Andy Rubin promised the Essential Phone will hit the shelves one month after its official unveiling, that deadline has passed a long time ago.

The last time Essential came forward with an official statement about the launch of its smartphone, it promised it will start shipping the product in a week. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen either and the company’s inability to fulfill its promises will surely …

The Essential Phone was finally shipped today (UPDATE: Or maybe not)

The last we heard about Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was that it would ship within seven days. That was on August 16th. But the good news today is that the device has finally shipped, which means that some of those who pre-ordered early should soon receive confirmation that their Essential Phone is on the way. The orders are not all being shipped at the same time, which means that if you do not receive a shipping notice, don’t panic. You might receive it in the next day or three.

UPDATE: Several PhoneArena readers have reported to us that the Essential Phone did not ship yesterday as earlier …