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The Essential PH-2 may be in the works after all

Launched with a US$700 MSRP, the Essential PH-1 could be had for slightly over US$200 brand new a year after. (Source: Twitter)
Launched with a US$700 MSRP, the Essential PH-1 could be had for slightly over US$200 brand new a year after. (Source: Twitter)
After Essential officially declared that it would no longer be selling the PH-1, a cryptic tweet by the company's Head of Research and Development has once again stoked the flames, and fans of the company may now share a lingering hope in the existence of an Essential PH-2.
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Two days ago, Essential officially announced that its smartphone, the Essential PH-1, was out of stock finally, and that the company would focus on making newer mobile products. Most of us took that to mean that the company would not be making any new smartphones, as implied by the tone of the statement. That may just turn out to be false, though, as Essential Head R&D Jason Keats has confirmed that the company has something exciting in the works.

“All these stories about Essential’s demise just end up feeding my desire to rub their faces in it in the future. We aren’t done, not by a long shot,” he proclaimed in a tweet.

While it doesn’t exactly point towards the possible existence of a second-generation Essential Phone, the amount of bravado in the tweet leads us to believe that the company may just have a new smartphone in the works. Most media pieces on the issue yesterday were focused on the PH-1, and it stands to reason that the most probable cause for Keats’s tweet would be if the company had an answer to those, in the form of a PH-2.

Or maybe not. This is all just speculation and it’s a lot likelier that the company is working on the rumored AI mobile device. We’re not sure who’d be excited about that, though.

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Ricci Rox, 2018-12-31 (Update: 2018-12-31)