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Submission + - Essential Phone will ship next week, shortly after breaking 1B valuation

cloud.pt writes: Andy Rubin's Essential Phone will be releasing next week according to 9to5google, just shy from its initial June mark. The company has been speculated to be worth around $1.2B, after giant Foxconn filling yesterday for a 0.25% acquisition at around 3 million dollars — clearing unicorn status as it hasn't shipped a single unit at the time.

According to Engadget, future and existing pre-orders will have a chance to switch to the Pure White version of the slab, despite initial shipments being scheduled to be of the Black Moon variety. Essential's site storefront orders will get the device unlocked, while the only parties offering the device will initially be Sprint, and rumor has it also Amazon as it invested in the company through its Alexa fund. No matter the contract attached, it will come with the full range of network capabilities unlocked.
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