The Essential Phone is reportedly making its way to Europe, Japan

Isaac Cain
July 17, 2017

According to The Financial Times, Andy Rubin's company has already held talks with United Kingdom operators for the Essential Phone launch.

We're not implying there might be something bad happening over at Essential, but there might be something bad happening over at Essential.

Meanwhile, after Essential missed its initial shipping window a few weeks, ago, Niccolo de Masi, chief operating officer of the company, stated that the phone's release in the USA is "imminent".

After having being announced as a carrier-exclusive phone in the USA and unlocked, Essential has been keeping relatively quiet over the last month since its launch. And now, it seems that other countries around the world will finally get a chance to snag the smartphone for themselves.

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That's according to the Financial Times, which reports that Essential is in talks with United Kingdom carriers, namely EE, about a potential exclusivity deal. There has also been a launch date set for the United Kingdom release of the phone, which will be happening later this year. Unfortunately, there is still no specific date provided that buyers can hold on to.

What's raising more questions now is the news that the company's VP of marketing, Brian Wallace, has left the company. While there has been a date decided for launch in the USA as well, that date has supposedly not been confirmed or cleared for customers to receive their pre-ordered devices.

The Essential Phone is still expected to launch in Canada at the end of this summer, and de Masi says the USA launch is "imminent".

The Essential Phone looks promising: it offers pure Android experience (after all, it's Andy Rubin we're talking about), a mesmerizing design thanks to the ceramic body and titanium frame, as well as impressive specs, including its modular back. However, the catch is that the phone will still be a carrier exclusive, with many carriers now in talks with Essential about being vendors.

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