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Essential Phone shows up on Best Buy in unlocked and Sprint versions

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone has shown up on Best Buy in unlocked and Sprint-branded versions, but it's not available to purchase just yet.

Published onAugust 4, 2017

After first showing off its exciting new phone at the end of May, Essential has since hit a bit of a rough patch, with some of its executives moving on to other companies, and it missing the scheduled release date of its handset. However, a couple of weeks ago, the company said its Essential Phone (also known as the Essential PH-1) was on its way. And it looks like it’s almost here.

The Essential phone has been listed on Best Buy with Sprint and unlocked versions in two colors — Black Moon and Pure White. There is no solid shipping date listed just yet, instead, Best Buy is showing a grayed-out “Coming Soon” button. But since the retailer has put the entries live, the release will surely follow soon.

This is how the dual-lens camera on the Essential Phone works

What left us scratching our heads were the prices. When this news broke, Android Police noted that, while the unlocked version would cost you $699.99, the Sprint edition would set you back $749.99. We’re not entirely sure why the carrier-locked variant would have been more expensive than its unlocked counterpart, but it’s possible that this was simply an error, as the Sprint listings no longer display any price.

Just as a reminder, the Essential will come with the latest Qualcomm chipset — the Snapdragon 835 — 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. In addition, it will feature a titanium and ceramic design, complemented by a 5.71-inch QHD display, and will ship with Android 7.1 Nougat.

For more on the Essential Phone, hit the link, and let us know if you’re going to pick this one up in the comments.

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