Officially unveiled yesterday, the Essential Phone will be released sometime in June as a pretty different alternative to most handsets out there. The brainchild of Andy Rubin (co-founder of Android and ex-Googler), the Essential Phone doesn’t feature any logo, and is a near-bezel-less, high-end device made out of titanium, ceramic, and Gorilla Glass 5.
As already announced, the Essential Phone (model number Essential PH-1) will run stock Android 7 Nougat out of the box. But what about software updates? Well, right now, Essential can only say that the company’s goal is to release “monthly security updates” – just like Google does for its Nexus and Pixel phones.
At the moment, it’s not clear what Essential’s policy regarding major software updates is. However, since the company is founded and led by Andy Rubin – the father of Android – we’re expecting the Essential Phone to get major updates for at least two years after launch (this being the current policy of major Android vendors).
The Essential Phone will be available only in the US (at least for the beginning), and it’s going to be sold unlocked for $699. We’re impatiently waiting to test its hardware and software. What about you?