August 11, 2017 16:50 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Essential smartphone PH-1 has gone into full production

Essential smartphone PH-1 has gone into full production

Andy Rubin, originally from Chappaqua, New York, shared images of his PH-1 handset being built on Twitter, announcing that fans will find out where and when they can buy it next week.

The Essential phone, designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, has gone into full production, according to its creator.

Android inventor Andy Rubin took to Twitter to make the announcement, fuelling speculation about when it might be ready for release.

New pictures appear to show the assembly lines, where the titanium body of the handset is being milled. 

An announcement on where and when fans can buy the firm's first model, the PH-1, is expected next week.

A new handset designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy has gone into full production, according to its creator.  New pictures appear to show the assembly lines, where the titanium body of the handset is being milled (pictured)

A new handset designed to take on the iPhone and Samsung Galaxy has gone into full production, according to its creator.  New pictures appear to show the assembly lines, where the titanium body of the handset is being milled (pictured)

KEY FEATURES 

- 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display

-  Screen protected by Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 

- Will display at a 19:10 aspect ratio at 500 nits brightness

- Dimensions: 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall,  2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across, 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick.

- Will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)

- Titanium body with a ceramic back 

- 13-megapixel dual-camera system 

-  360-degree camera accessory

- 128GB of internal storage

- 3,040mAh battery

- a USB Type-C port 

- A fingerprint sensor

- Costs $699 (£543) and comes in black, grey, white and green 

Startup firm Essential says it has raised raised over $300 million (£231 million) in new funding and signed up retailers to sell its first device. 

Retailers will include Best Buy, Amazon.com and carriers Sprint Corp in the US and Telus Corp in Canada, Essential said in a statement.

It emerged in recent weeks that executives from the California company had also met with UK operators, including EE, to thrash out a deal.

The firm is also said to be setting its sights on western Europe and Japan. 

Speaking on Twitter, Rubin said: 'We are in full mass production, ramping up to deliver your Essential Phone. 

'Find out where you can get yours next week!' 

The timing and distribution of the new phone could be critical during a year with many new releases. 

In September, Samsung is expected to unveil its Galaxy Note 8, and Apple is expected to announce its highly anticipated 10th anniversary iPhone. 

Some of the Essential phone's features, like a detachable 360-degree camera, are also available on Samsung models, which are bulkier. 

'It's going to be extraordinarily challenging,' Bob O'Donnell of Technalysis Research told Reuters. 

'The initial specs of the phone look good, but not necessarily unique.' 

Essential says Access Technology Ventures led the funding round, which brought its total investment raised to $330 million (£254 million). 

Android inventor Andy Rubin took to Twitter to make the announcement, fuelling speculation about when it might be ready for release (pictured)

Android inventor Andy Rubin took to Twitter to make the announcement, fuelling speculation about when it might be ready for release (pictured)

Startup firm Essential says it has raised raised over $300 million (£231 million) in new funding and signed up retailers to sell its first device. This image shows racks of the finished bodies

Startup firm Essential says it has raised raised over $300 million (£231 million) in new funding and signed up retailers to sell its first device. This image shows racks of the finished bodies

An announcement on where and when fans can buy the firm's first model, the PH-1 (pictured), is expected next week

An announcement on where and when fans can buy the firm's first model, the PH-1 (pictured), is expected next week

Strategic investors also included Tencent Holdings Ltd , electronics contract manufacturer Foxconn and Amazon.com, which participated via its Alexa Fund. 

Previous investors Redpoint Ventures and Playground Global also participated.  

Amazon, Best Buy and Essential will sell unlocked versions of the phone that can be used on any network. 

But contract deals could encourage buyers, R. 'Ray' Wang of Constellation Research said.

Mr Wang also said the presence of two strategic investors from Asia signals Essential's broader goals. 

'It's not just about U.S. distribution, he added, this is going to be a global phone, 

The Essential comes with a magnetic connector which will allow for connection of a 360 degree camera accessory (pictured)

The Essential comes with a magnetic connector which will allow for connection of a 360 degree camera accessory (pictured)

'The biggest phone markets are China, India and the U.S.'

Rubin officially unveiled his new Android smartphone in May.

The handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display.

It boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Rubin claims is 'one of the world's best phone cameras.' 

The phone is made out of titanium, instead of aluminium, to help it survive accidental drops. It features a ceramic back.

It is modular and can be fitted with a 360-degree camera accessory.

This clips to the rear of the phone, weighs 35g and includes a dual 12-megapixel fisheye sensors that can capture 4K 360 video at 30fps. 

The founder of Android, Andy Rubin, finally unveiled his new Android smartphone in May. The handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display (pictured)
It boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and  'one of the world's best phone cameras' (pictured)

The founder of Android, Andy Rubin, finally unveiled his new Android smartphone in May. The handset features a 5.71-inch, 2,560 x 1,312 edge-to-edge display (left). It boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and  'one of the world's best phone cameras' (right)

It also boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Essential claims is 'one of the world's best phone cameras'

It also boasts Qualcomm's high-end Snapdragon 835 processor and what Essential claims is 'one of the world's best phone cameras'

The back has a 13-megapixel dual-camera system designed for low-light photography.

The front camera of the Essential smartphone is a 8MP unit with a 16:9 aspect ratio. 

It comes with a magnetic connector, 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor.

The screen is protected with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5 and it boasts a 19:10 aspect ratio at 500 nits brightness. Average LCD displays produce between 200 to 300 nits.

The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)

The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams)

The phone is made out of titanium, instead of aluminium, to help it survive accidental drops. It features a ceramic back

The phone is made out of titanium, instead of aluminium, to help it survive accidental drops. It features a ceramic back

The handset (pictured) will be available in black, grey, white and green and features 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor

The handset (pictured) will be available in black, grey, white and green and features 128GB of internal storage, a 3,040mAh battery, a USB Type-C port and a fingerprint sensor

There is no traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, but the Verge claims it may ship with a headphone dongle in the box.

The handset measures 5.6 inch (141.5 mm) tall, 2.8 inches (71.1 mm) across and 0.3 inches (7.8 mm) thick. It will weigh less than 6.5 ounces (185 grams).

Essential is launching the phone in the US to begin with, and it will be rolled out globally the near future.

It costs $699 (£543) and comes in black, grey, white and green.

Rubin believes the phone is an 'iPhone killer' and can take on the likes of Apple and Google.  

ANDROID INVENTOR UNVEILS HOME ASSISTANT

Alongside the Essential phone, Andy Rubin has unveiled a new home assistant to rival Apple's upcoming Siri Speaker.

Called the Essential Home, the assistant is similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. 

The Essential device constantly listens to its owner and answers commands and questions when called upon.

But the gadget has a distinctive round top that displays useful information such as upcoming calendar events and traffic news - without being prompted.

The Essential Home (pictured) is a home assistant with a distinctive round top that displays useful information

The Essential Home (pictured) is a home assistant with a distinctive round top that displays useful information

The Essential Home also offers more security by handling data on local devices instead of pushing to external servers.  

The device can also be activated from a mere glance, according to its inventors.

It's not yet known has this is possible, but tech experts suspect the assistant will use a sensor or a camera to register its users glances.

The assistant will be released this summer and is not yet known how much it will cost. 

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