Essential Debuts Phone, Just Cut in Half and With a Creepy Backstory

Here’s something to raise your eyebrows. Essential, the company founded in 2015 by disgraced former Google exec Andy Rubin, released images of its Project Gem smartphone on Tuesday – and it basically looks like a phone chopped down the middle. Read More >>

Essential’s Rumoured Second Smartphone is Now in the Early Testing Phase

Despite having a big old flop on its hands with the launch of the Essential PH1 smartphone, the company is rumoured to be working on a second device and it better be good if we're to forget about the first attempt. Read More >>

Essential’s Next Phone Will Be a Wildly Different, AI-Powered Companion: Report

Making smartphones is hard, and despite having one of the best pedigrees in the business, Andy Rubin’s company stumbled out of the gate when it launched the Essential PH-1 last year. At first, the Essential Phone’s camera wasn’t great and it’s software wasn’t quite as smooth as we’d like, but thanks to continued support and a some price drops, the PH-1 turned into one of the best smartphone bargains of 2018. Read More >>

How Much Would You Actually Pay For an Essential Phone?

When the Essential Phone first came out, I didn’t like it very much. But my main objection wasn’t its build or features—no, it was basically that for $700 (£502), its camera simply wasn’t in the same league as the Galaxy S8, the iPhone 7, or any other expensive flagship. Read More >>

The Essential Phone Finally Makes Sense

The Essential Phone was supposed to be the one. Envisioned by Andy Rubin, the father of Android itself, and expertly crafted from a luxurious combo of ceramic, titanium, and Gorilla Glass, the PH-1 had the kind of pedigree you rarely see from a startup, let alone one that was trying to put out its first phone. But when you look back, aided by the gift of hindsight, it’s clear there was no way Essential could have ever delivered on the hype, especially after a launch plagued by repeated delays, difficulty delivering orders, and unfinished software. And with a price of $700 (£502) at launch, when I said the PH-1 was too expensive to have a camera that bad, that wasn’t an opinion, it was fact. Read More >>