Essential Phone Release Date Delay: Company Loses Several Executives Ahead Of Launch

Essential Phone

Essential Phone

Still excited about this phone or are you fully focused on the Note 8 and Pixel 2 at this point?

Andy Fouché, an advisor who also worked as Essential's head of communications, left the company last month, according to Business Insider. Mr. Wallace was Vice President at Essential marketing and was a key figure in the company, and the official reason for his departure is precisely the failure of the timing of the release of the Essential Phone.

Now the only confirmed peripheral is a 360-degree camera which attaches to the phone via a magnetic pin connector it calls "Click", which cleverly transmits data to attachments over a wireless connection.

In other news, the company is reportedly in talks with British carriers on a United Kingdom launch. The firm is reportedly holding similar talks across Europe and in Japan.

Unveiled back in May, the modestly-named Essential Phone packs a 5.7in edge-to-edge QHD display that reaches the very top of the handset to surround the 8MP front-facing camera. This combined with the for-tech-enthusiasts approach could become Essential's core identity but also its downfall.

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone is due to ship in the USA some time soon and now it has been revealed that the handset is also coming to the UK. At Code Conference, Rubin gave a loose release date for the phone, saying that it would ship around late June. Essential COO Niccolo de Masi sat down with FT for a brief chat and revealed that bit about launch and also threw in some worldwide plans. For the time being, Fouché's position is being held by Essential's head of product marketing. After leaving Google in 2014, Rubin launched additional projects like incubator Playground Global and explored ventures in fields like robotics and artificial intelligence.

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