06 March 2019
The yearend also brings an end to the journey of the Essential phone, first ever phone to sport a notch. Yes, the original Essential phone started the trend in 2017 before the iPhone X made it go mainstream. The company Essential, didn’t have a great year itself, was at the verge of getting sold forcing a lay-off of around 30 percent of its employees. Now the phone itself has gone out of the stock at the official website and has very few stocks available at other e-commerce stores right now. The company has announced that it will not restock the phone anymore.
“We are sold out of Essential Phone on essential.com and won’t be adding any new inventory. We are now hard at work on our next mobile product and will continue to sell accessories and provide speedy software updates and customer support to our existing community.” said an official.
Though there were rumors that the second generation Essential phone will not be made, however, recent leaks suggest otherwise and is said to be working on a revolutionary AI based phone. The recent acquisition of now-defunct Newton email app also hints towards the same.
The phone which was launched in 2017, came with a premium design at attractive pricing, however, never picked up sales because of poor camera performance. Though the camera performance was improved via regular software updates, the phone never got sold.
One of the key highlights of the phone is the software updates, as Essential phone was one the first phone outside Google’s Pixel range to get Google’s latest Android 9 Pie OS. The company has promised 2 years software support which means that this phone could be well in line to be one of the first few phones to get Android Q as well.
Let us hope that the Essential Phone 2 does not remain just a rumor and is launched soon. What do you think?