February 18, 2020

Buy the Essential phone dock that was never released… from a probably-ex-employee on eBay

Seeing no clear path to bring its weird GEM concept phone to market, Andy Rubin’s Essential abruptly stopped being a company earlier this week. Now, by complete coincidence, a bundle of Essential swag has appeared for sale on eBay — including an unreleased charging dock.

In addition to the dock, the sale includes an Essential Phone in Ocean Depths blue plus Essential’s clip-on 360-degree camera, a case for that camera, a headphone adapter, and a pair of earbuds. All the items are unopened except the audio adapter and the dock, which is visibly worn.

Given the timing and the fact that the sale includes an unreleased prototype, it seems possible (probable, even!) that the listing was posted by someone with ties to the company who saw its folding as an opportune time to make a buck. As of writing, the auction is up to $535 with 39 bids. If you’re interested in owning a weird piece of smartphone history, hit up the link below and place your bid. You’ve got until 5:59 p.m., Eastern on February 20.

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