Stick a fork in it, the Essential Phone is officially discontinued

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Essential PH-1

The Essential Phone was a favorite here at Techaeris and we’re a bit sad that it never took off.

The Essential Phone (PH-1). It stormed onto the Android scene backed by Android creator Andy Rubin and was seemingly poised to be the next big thing. People were excited. After all, the Essential Phone ticked a bunch of boxes many Android users had been looking to get ticked. Amazing build quality, pure Android, and spot on price point. Rubin’s baby seemed like the perfect phone, finally. But then people started taking pictures with it and some of the flaws started to come to light.

Things just continued to not go Essential’s way and eventually the Essential Phone just couldn’t live up to the hypebeast. Still, for all its flaws, it remains a beloved device and hearing that Essential is officially discontinuing it, well, that cuts deep and makes a lot of users pretty sad. Essential confirmed to 9to5Google that they will no longer sell or make any new units of the PH-1.

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.

This isn’t a surprise at all. We knew it was coming at some point. But some have been holding out hope as the company continued to sell the PH-1 online and on Amazon. But, it looks like the company is going to focus on a new mobile product, what we don’t know.

Essential says that current PH-1 owners will continue to get updates. The rumor is the PH-1 will be supported up to Android Q and the company is fairly quick on pushing updates out to its current handsets. According to 9to5Google, Essential could be working on a new AI phone but nothing has been confirmed. You can read our Essential Phone review here.

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 Source: 9to5Google
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