Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is Confirmed to Run Android 7.1.1 Nougat

Essential's VP of marketing has left the company

Andy Rubin's Essential Smartphone Gets A Never Before Design

Essential's US launch date came and went a few weeks ago without much in the way of comment from the company, as The Verge noted.

The Essential Phone, built by Android creator Andy Rubin, will do battle against the iPhone in new markets around the world.

While companies in the consumer electronics space regularly see some turnover, the departures come at a high-profile time for Essential.

Internally, the phone sports its share of high-end specifications, including a 2,560 x 1,312-pixel display and a Snapdragon 835 processor.

We're still waiting for the Essential Phone to launch in the USA, and now it's been revealed that folks in a few other parts of the globe are going to be waiting with us. Towards the end of May, the Essential PH-1 was announced, offering a almost bezel-less experience and the ability to accept modular accessories, with the first being a 360-degree camera. Nothing has been officially confirmed just yet, but The Financial Times reports that Rubin's company is now in talks with carriers in the U.K., Europe, and Japan.

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The phone will be sold unlocked directly through Essential's website, but among US carriers, the company has only partnered up with Sprint.

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is due to ship in the USA some time soon and now it has been revealed that the handset is also coming to the UK.

It was during Recode's annual Code Conference that Rubin discussed how he "wouldn't be taking reservations if it wasn't going to ship in 30 days or so".

As for the U.S., Essential COO Niccolo de Masi says that the U.S. release is "imminent". For the time being, Fouché's position is being held by Essential's head of product marketing.

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