It has been almost two years from the original debut of the Essential Phone, first ever notch phone. At first, the device was discovered among geek circles as a ground-breaking smartphone that would be released by the father of Android, Andy Rubin. This particular device would feature high-end specs and an edge-to-edge display, meant to compete with other popular flagships well established in the market. The device was released, and while it brought compelling specs and an edge-to-edge display that debuted the controversial notch, the phone did not live to meet the expectations and now Essential Phone has been officially discontinued. Earlier company has cut 30% workforce.
But as part of that announcement, the company is also confirming something that fans had long hoped to be true: Essential is officially working on a second “mobile product,” presumably this rumored tiny phone that uses AI to answer emails and text messages for you. An Essential spokeswoman wouldn’t directly confirm to me that its “next mobile product” is a phone, but that’s what “mobile product” generally means.
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.
With all the great software support and hardware, Essential was struggling to survive. The phone company was delivering software updates faster than any other manufacturer save Google itself as well as some deep discounts to draw in more customers, but phone was unable to attract much of the customer base and struggled with overall growth.
Even though company has officially discontinued the essential phones, the company’s still promising fast software updates for the Essential Phone, even now that it’s been discontinued. If or when a second Essential mobile device appears, there may be some loyal customers waiting for it.