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All posts tagged "Essential"

  • Ouch: Essential Phone sold 88 000 units in 2017

    The Essential Phone showed a lot of promise, offering mostly stock Android, some great specs and a lovely design. However, a mediocre camera and high launch price made for a somewhat unattractive proposition, it would seem. Now, IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo, citing company research, claims that Essential sold just 88 000 Essential Phones in 2017. . @Arubin's @essential smartphone is still a long way from becoming a successful venture. In 2017, it shipped less than 90K units (first six months after launch) pic.twitter.com/NHVlA2Gjzr — Francisco Jeronimo (@fjeronimo) February 12, 2018 It's difficult to compare the performance to more established players, but these figures can't look...

  • 5+ great smartphones we can’t officially get in South Africa

    Between Apple, Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi, we've got a rather healthy variety of smartphone brands in South Africa. However, there are a few standout smartphones that aren't officially available at all in the country (best use mail forwarding services, third-party websites and the like). We take a look at a few of the more prominent devices... Google Pixel 2 One of the most obvious picks has to be Google's smartphones, as Google's entire hardware portfolio is missing in South Africa. Last year's Pixel 2 was one of the most critically acclaimed devices of 2017, delivering a fantastic camera, powerful internals, squeezable edges, IP67 water-resistance...

  • Essential Phone: Android co-founder’s new phone revealed

    Andy Rubin has been teasing a new phone for a while now, but the Android co-founder has finally taken the covers off the Essential Phone. The new phone seems to tick all the boxes for a 2017 flagship, namely a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a sharp display (2560x1312, but it's unclear if LCD or AMOLED), a 3040mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner on the back. The phone also packs four microphones, which could result in great audio recording credentials. Speaking of audio, the company has removed the earphone jack, in a rather dick move. Instead, it's sticking with...

  • Android co-founder teases new phone – does it have a 360 camera?

    Andy Rubin made waves earlier this year when his new firm, Essential, teased a new smartphone with thin bezels. Now, the Android co-founder's company has teased a look at the device, as well as a launch date, saying that "something big" was coming on 30 May. Hi, welcome to our Twitter page. We're here to let you know something big is coming May 30th! Stay tuned... — Essential (@essential) May 25, 2017 So what could it be? Essential later tweeted a silhouette of the device, showing a smartphone with what appeared to be a bulbous attachment atop it. However, it seems like we're looking...