Essential discontinues PH-1, teases “next mobile product”

Essential has had an interesting year and a half since the release of the Essential Phone. The phone was released with a few major issues and some serious bad press, but it also impressed with its fantastic build quality and stock Android.

Now it’s known as the device that gets updates on the same day as Google. Whether it’s monthly security updates or the official Android Pie release, the device is mere hours behind Google’s update announcements.

Unfortunately, the device has now been discontinued. Essential has announced that the phone is sold out and will not be back in stock on its website. Other resellers may still have stock but it likely won’t last long.

Fortunately, the company has something up its sleeve. It’s teasing the “next mobile product,” and despite not giving any details, we’re already excited. It could be the rumored AI phone or something else entirely, but with no official details, we’ll have to wait and see. Here is Essential’s full statement:

“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.”

If you’re a current Essential Phone owner, you’ll still be getting your monthly updates. Accessories are also still available if you haven’t already picked them up. We can’t wait to see what Essential has planned for 2019!

SOURCE: Android and Me – Read entire story here.

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