Amazon and Best Buy will be retail launch partners for Essential Phone

Amazon just backed the smartphone company created by the founder of Android

In a statement, Paul Bernard, director of corporate development at Amazon's Alexa Fund, said the company was looking forward to collaborating with Essential. The funding round comes from investors including Tencent, as well as Amazon's Alexa Fund, among others.

The amount of funding wasn't a surprise - reports that the company had raised $300 million have trickled out since June - but the company just disclosed the investors in the round, which includes Amazon, on Wednesday. While those who pre-registered to purchase the handset are still waiting to get their hands on it, the company has confirmed Amazon and Best Buy retail availability for the Essential Phone.

The Essential Phone was introduced a few weeks back by Andy Rubin, the founder of Android. Since this delay, the company has not provided a timeline on when to expect the phone to be available to consumers, but promises to do so next week. With an innovative and sleek design, modular capabilities, and unique ceramic-titanium body, the Essential Phone certainly captured the attention of tech enthusiasts around the world.

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The funding news was a much-needed breath of fresh air for the still-mysterious startup.

The release date itself is still somewhat mysterious, however: Essential President Niccolo De Masi told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that it's still "a few weeks away", but said that the company will provide an exact date "in a week". In the time since, the company has announced retail partners and exclusive carriers for each region, including Sprint in the US and TELUS in Canada. The e-commerce giant may be interested in Essential not only for the smart home device, but also to gain a stronger foothold in phones, after it failed to break into that market with its own Fire Phone. It has also selected Sprint as the exclusive carrier partner for the Essential Phone.

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