If you have been waiting for the Essential Phone to be available for purchase, there is some good news for you. Essential has finally started selling the smartphone, although currently, it is only available in the United States and Canada. The Black Moon color is in stock and ready for immediate shipping on the Essential US website, where it has been listed for $699. You can also opt for the Essential Extended Care plan, priced at $99. If you wish to get the 360 Camera along with the smartphone, you will need to shell out $170 more.
The Essential Phone has been listed online by third-party retailers as well, although none of them are offering immediate shipping. That means you may have to wait just a little bit longer to get your phone in case you purchase it from retailers such as Amazon, Best Buy or carrier Sprint. Sprint expects the handset to begin shipping on the 13th of September in Black Moon.
In Canada, the Essential Phone is only being sold by Telus currently, where the Black Moon variant can be purchased for CAD 1,050. Smartphone prices in Canada are almost always on the higher side when compared to the US, so it is no surprise that the Essential Phone carries a higher price tag in the country.
For those of you who need a refresher, the Essential Phone is manufactured by Essential Products, a company formed by Android creator Andy Rubin. It sports a 5.71-inch IPS LCD display with 1312 x 2560 resolution and an impressive 84.9% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone runs on Qualcomm’s octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.45 GHz with an Adreno 540 GPU. Essential doesn’t offer multiple memory configurations like some of the other Android OEMs, the Essential Phone comes with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. In the camera department, it boasts a 13MP dual camera setup with support for 4K video recording. The selfie camera on the front is an 8MP unit with an f/2.2 aperture lens. In the connectivity department, the handset supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C, and a fingerprint sensor mounted at the back. The battery inside is a 3040mAh unit, with support for fast charging. Color options include Stellar Gray, Ocean Depths, Black Moon, and Pure White.