Andy Rubin, Essential’s CEO takes leave from the company following reports of past behavior.
To recall, Essential Phone got a significant price cut in the US last month. The high-end phone is now available for $499, down from $699.
It is possible that Essential is having trouble in selling its debut phone in large numbers, but the company hasn’t shared sales numbers.
Essential PH-1 is a high-end modular smartphone that was unveiled in May, and it costs $699.
Android co-founder Andy Rubin’s start-up Essential has sold an estimated 5000 units of the debut phone since launch. The report comes from BayStreet Research, which tracks smartphone shipments across the US.
The co-creator of Android has confirmed that around 70 customers were affected by the sloppy confirmation process and that Essential will offer one year of “LifeLock” protection to impacted customers to prevent potential identify theft.
Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 has started shipping for people who pre-ordered it. Essential, in a tweet from its official handle said, “We’re beginning to ship Essential Phone! Please look out for an e-mail today with tracking info. We appreciate everyone’s patience!”
Rubin acknowledges the downsides to the smartphone revolution he helped unleash and says his new hardware company, Essential, is working on ways to solve the tendency to check one’s phone every five minutes. “We all lived happy lives before we had always-on internet,” he says in an exclusive interview at Playground Global, his Palo Alto, California, incubator.
Andy Rubin’s Essential is now valued at over a billion dollars without even shipping a single unit of the bezel-less smartphone. The news comes from Tim Culpan, a columnist with Bloomberg. According to Culpan, Foxconn’s FIH Mobile has invested a $3 million investment in Essential.
Andy Rubin’s Essential PH-1 smartphone is expected to hit the shelves soon. The Android creator shared pictures of PH-1 in production on Twitter, adding that more details on its availability will be out next week. Essential PH-1 features an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1312 pixels.
Essential Products, the smartphone startup founded by a co-creator of the Android mobile operating system, has raised $300 million in new funding and signed up retailers to sell its first device, it said on Wednesday. The $699 phone, with a titanium and ceramic case, will compete directly against new devices from Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc this holiday season.
Amazon.com has joined Tencent Holdings Ltd. and the main assembler of iPhones in backing Essential Products Inc, the startup co-founded by Android-creator Andy Rubin that’s getting ready to sell a new smartphone.
Essential’s imaging expert Yazhu Ling has put out a blog post describing behind-the-scenes process through which the company engineered Essential’s dual rear cameras to take superior pictures in low-light. Essential sports a 13MP dual-rear camera setup, with the secondary lens being a black and white sensor.
Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone will start shipping in a few week, the Android creator in an email to its customers. Rubin said that Essential is going through “certification and testing with multiple US and international carriers.” Exact date is still unknown.
Spigen, in a letter, has demanded that Rubin’s company “immediately cease and desist” from using the term ‘Essential’. According to the report, Rubin went ahead and used the term for his company despite two failed attempts of registering ‘Essential’ for himself in the past.