Essential Phone release details in a week promised amid $300m raise

Andy Rubin

Essential founder Andy Rubin at the Wired Business Conference this year. Now, the company announced it secured investment funding from a few investment giants, including Amazon and Tencent Holdings. The company confirmed that Amazon and Best Buy will be its retail launch partners in the United States, and given the fact that Tencent is one of the largest Internet companies in China, it's possible that the phone will arrive in the world's largest smartphone market in the future. When it eventually launches, prospective buyers will be able to purchase it through both Best Buy and Amazon. The best bit of news, though, comes in the form of a set of dates.

Are you planning on buying the Essential Phone once it launches?

Andy Rubin and his company clearly want to disrupt the duopolistic U.S. smartphone market, which is now dominated by two companies: Apple and Samsung.

The Essential Phone, which was announced in May, has generated buzz for its minimalist style, robust hardware and unique features. The war chest will enable the company to effectively compete against its rivals.

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"Essential Products has a compelling vision and roadmap for connected devices that integrates voice technology in novel ways", Bernard said in the statement. His big idea with Essential is to make things simpler for customers. It has also selected Sprint as the exclusive carrier partner for the Essential Phone. Amazon, which has a leading position in smart speakers with its Echo, invested in Essential via its Alexa Fund.

Essential gets more funding to help bring its devices to market. "We are excited to see Alexa become part of that vision where interacting with technology is simple, helpful and creates an interface that others can build on and innovate".

First published August 9, 8:58 a.m. PT. Update, 12:58 p.m.: Adds Andy Rubin's comments.

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