Essential Phone Gets FCC Approval; Launch Date Imminent?

Andy Rubin announced his new Essential Phone just last month, the upcoming device is expected to unveil sometime soon and now it has appeared at the FCC. In a recent report, the Essential Phone will be exclusive to Sprint in the US.

However, there are no official words yet as to when the device will be launched on the market. Andy Rubin was certain about the Essential Phone's availability and said that his company would not accept reservations unless the smartphone would be released soon after, reported by Phone Arena.

The information revealed in the FCC filing confirms that the Essential Phone will be compatible with giant US carriers, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-mobile. Interestingly, a piece of new information was revealed that instead of the PH-1 model number shared on the Essential web page, the Essential phone will carry a model number of "A11".

The Essential Phone will come with mostly high-end hardware specs, everything from a nearly bezel-less 5.7 inch with 2560 x 1312 display, It will be powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and backed up with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage. The Essential phone is said to sport a 13MP dual and an 8MP front facing cameras, according to Phandroid. Keeping the power on is a 3,040 mAh battery alongside wittUSB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device will also arrive with WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC.

The Essential phone will be available in a range of colors when it launches. If the smartphone's official IP rating comes successful, the Essential Phone will come with IP5X certification, which would make it resistant to sprays of water, but not waterproof.

The unlocked Essential Phone will come with a price tag of $699 USD. Sprint still has to announce its pricing details. An optional 360-degree camera is the first module to feature with this device and can be pre-ordered for $50 next to the smartphone and should sell for $199 alone.


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