Andy Rubin’s Essential phone which was released on 9 September, as per a report has sold an abysmally low number of 5,000 phones.
The Essential phone was among the most-awaited phones, especially coming from founder of Android, Andy Rubin. According to GSMArena, a BayStreet Research report suggests that since the phone went on sale, it has sold only 5,000 units.
Essential igot a lot of flak for the delays in shipping the smartphones. The phone which was unveiled in May, was supposed to be shipped in June. Later on 25 August in a first-look event, the phone was showcased worldwide. This was followed by e-mails, sent by the company regretting the fact that shipping would take some time.
Finally, on 9 September, the phones started shipping.
The Essential phone, PH-1, is made up of Titanium and is priced at $699 in the US (approx Rs 44,800). It features a 5.7-inch bezel-less design display with QHD resolution and a 19:10 aspect ratio. The smartphone also features the world's smallest modular 360-degree camera which can be purchased as a $50 (approx Rs 3,200) accessory with the phone.
The Essential PH-1 smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset which also bundles in the Adreno 540 GPU. The device comes with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
Another interesting update to the Essential phone is that Android co-founder Andy Rubin's Essential PH-1 phone launched in August runs a clean, near-stock Android Nougat 7.1 OS. The company had so far not confirmed about receiving an update to Android 8.0 Oreo, and that had left users wanting to know how long they would have to wait for the update. The company, then responded on Twitter, tweeting that an Android 8.0 Oreo update was coming soon.