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Essential Phone is one step closer to shipping in the U.S.

The much-anticipated Essential Phone is one step closer to shipping in the United States. The device, co-created by Andy Rubin, the father of Android, has stopped by the Federal Communications Commission to gain approval ahead of its official debut.

Since the Essential Phone has already got its unveiling, we weren’t expecting the FCC filing to reveal anything we didn’t already know. However, for those who have pre-ordered the device, this indicates it is finally edging closer towards shipping in the U.S., complete with compatibility for both GSM and CDMA networks.

That means you’ll be able to use Essential Phone on everything from AT&T and T-Mobile, to Sprint and Verizon. That’s only if you buy the device unlocked, however. If you are buying it through a carrier at a subsidized price, you’ll be stuck with Sprint, which has exclusivity over the handset — at least initially.

The FCC filing also reveals that the Essential Phone will have the “A11” model number in the U.S. It will be equipped with a 5.71-inch edge-to-edge Quad HD display, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal UFS storage, and a dual rear-facing camera with 13-megapixel sensors.

Its simplistic design consists of a titanium frame, a ceramic back, and a Gorilla Glass 5 panel on its front. Essential has chosen not to add any branding, though users will get a unique magnetic connector for adding all kinds of nifty accessories, including 360-degree cameras.


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...