After some false starts, it emailed buyers that “Black Moon” model is coming.


Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone will start shipping next week, at least in one color. They want to give you the option to change your order from a Pure White to a Black Moon device, which will ship within seven days. The device was originally supposed to ship in June.

The Essential Phone has top-tier specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and an amazing, nearly edge-to-edge screen. With a cutout on the display for the selfie camera, it could be a preview for Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, which has a similar, but larger cutout.

At $699, or $749 with a 360-degree camera, it’s not exactly a budget device . Essential is holding a “First Look” event next week, on August 25th, and with the Sprint release ahead of that, we should know more about it very soon.