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Where to buy the Essential Phone

It’s hot, it’s hyped, and it’s now on sale. If you’re looking for a high-end phone, it’s hard to ignore the gravity of the Essential Phone right now. When a company run by Andy Rubin releases a phone, people take notice — and they’ll also have to take out their wallet, because the Essential Phone is a cool $699. It’s available in the U.S. and Canada, with a variety of retailer options and a few good deals. Here are all of the details. U.S. The U.S. is obviously Essential’s dominant…

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TELUS opens pre-orders for Essential Phone, starting at $290 on-contract

Essential’s second carrier-exclusive launch gets under way. Coming in a day after the Essential Phone launched in the U.S., Canadian carrier TELUS has opened up its pre-orders for the new phone from Andy Rubin’s company. Unlike the Sprint “exclusivity” in the U.S., TELUS has a true exclusive deal to be the only retailer in Canada selling the phone, rather than just the only carrier partner in Sprint’s case. Essential won’t be shipping its unlocked model to Canada at launch, so your only choice up North is to buy from TELUS….

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Essential Phone vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: The no-bezel battle

Whenever a newcomer hits the scene to challenge an incumbent, we take notice. The Galaxy S8 has been a clear success in the market, outselling not only the entire slate of high-end phones in 2017 but also beating Samsung’s own Galaxy S7 sales records. But there’s a new challenger, the Essential Phone, coming in at a similar price with similar specs — and though it doesn’t have immediate aspirations of coming anywhere near Samsung’s sales, Essential surely believe it has a competitive product. Here’s how the new Essential Phone compares…

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Essential Phone review: Our first impressions

When it comes to joining the smartphone market, the path isn’t simply defined. It’s pretty rare nowadays to see a brand new smartphone company launch from scratch, and it’s rarer still that it chooses to launch right into the ultra-competitive high-end smartphone space. The final piece forming this triumvirate of rarity is actually shipping a product — something that Essential has actually done. Sure hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital helps, as does the leadership of one of the founders of Android, but this is still no small…

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Essential Phone specs: Snapdragon 835, 128GB storage and dual 13MP cameras

Here’s a look at the hardware that’s powering the Essential Phone. Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone has a lot going for it, including an edge-to-edge display and a modular system that lets you attach accessories like a 360-degree camera. The phone itself is crafted out of titanium, and it has a ceramic back that gives it added protection from tumbles. Here’s the complete spec sheet for the Essential Phone: Category Essential Phone Operating System Android 7.1.1 Display 5.7-inch LCD, 2560×1312 (505 ppi)Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 8352.45GHz octa-core Kryo…

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Will my phone get Android O in India?

Let’s guess when your phone will pick up the Android O update. Android O is on the horizon, and there’s plenty to look forward to. The update introduces picture-in-picture mode to phones and tablets, colorized notifications, adaptive icons, a systemwide autofill API, improvements to Bluetooth audio, and so much more. Android O will also feature Project Treble, which aims to fix Android’s fragmentation problem. With Project Treble, Google is separating the OS framework from “vendor interfaces,” which allows device manufacturers to roll out updates without having to rework their custom…

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No phone left behind: Charge four devices at once with this $14 car charger

Our friends at Thrifter are back again, this time with some great deals on Anker’s charging accessories! Update: You can also pick up Anker’s dual-USB Quick Charge 3.0 wall charger for just $18.99 for a limited time. Going on a road trip these days can be brutal with everyone wanting to charge their phone all at once and just one single cigarette lighter to plug a charger into. Thankfully, you can pick up an Anker car charger with four USB ports for just $13.99 at Amazon, a nice savings of…

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The Essential Phone is now available to order

After a long wait, the Essential Phone is now available for purchase. Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone was announced back in May, with the company planning for a June release date. June came and went, and we heard near the end of July that part of the delay was due to complications in the certification process. It is now August, and the Essential Phone is finally available to purchase. The phone can be purchased from Essential, Sprint and Best Buy. The device will also be available in Sprint and Best Buy’s…

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Inside the battery-free cell phone of the future

The battery-free phone runs on ambient light and RF signals, though it’s not enough to power your favorite game. Batteries: You can’t live with them, you can’t live without them, and I recite that cliche because I know you’re nodding along with me right now. Smartphone battery packs have become bigger so that they last longer, and a majority have been infused with fast charging technology. But a dead battery remains a major pain point, especially since we’ve become so reliant on mobile devices. But what if you didn’t have…

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How to unlock a MetroPCS phone

Looking to unlock a MetroPCS phone? You’ve come to the right place! If you happen to have a MetroPCS phone that you want to use on a new carrier, often times you’ll have to unlock it first. Unlocking simply means that your phone is “locked” to a carrier (in this case, MetroPCS) and needs to be “unlocked” before you can use it elsewhere. When you want to unlock a MetroPCS phone you have a few options at your disposal — let’s check them out!   Advertisement How to Unlock a…

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