Good news for if you’re looking for a quality Android handset that won’t cost you the same as your mortgage payment. The price of the Essential Phone has been slashed by $200 and will now cost $499 without a contract and unlocked. The debut smartphone only debuted in August, but for better or worse, the phone is already being discounted.
If you haven’t heard of the Essential Phone that’s understandable. The phone isn’t made by Samsung or Apple, it isn’t even produced by established phone manufacturers such as LG, HTC or Huawei. The handset is produced by Essential, which is a company headed by a man who knows a thing or two about phones. The boss of Essential is Andy Rubin, the co-founder of Android.
Rubin said he built the Essential Phone to make a handset that “won’t force you to have anything on them you don’t want to have,” uses “premium materials and true craftsmanship,” and “evolves with you.”
While the price reduction is warmly welcomed, one must wonder if the huge discount that occurred only two months after it was initially debuted stems from poor sales. In a company blog post, Essential says that is not the case and just wants their initial product to be more available.
“We think making it easier for people to get their hands on our first products is a better way to get to know us.” Besides the always tough competition from Apple and Samsung, the Essential Phone has faced stiff competition from the Google Pixel 2 that was released on October 4.
The Essential Phone boasts a wonderful incredible industrial design with titanium sides, ceramic back, and Gorilla Glass 5 front panel. There is a 5.71-inch edge-to-edge display with 2560×1312 pixels 19:10 resolution.
Inside, the Essential Phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and Android 7.1.2 Nougat is the operating system. The phone features 4GM RAM, 128GB storage and a powerful 3,040 mAh battery with fast charging technology.
The phone is dust and water resistant. There is no headphone jack and there is no wireless charging option. There are dual rear 13-megapixel f/1.85 cameras, one with dual RGB + mono and the other is true monochrome. The front camera has specs of 8-megapixels and f/2.2.
Customers who have already purchased the Essential Phone for the initial $699 will receive a $200 “friends and family” credit if they purchase another Essential Phone or on the 360-camera attachment. The discount is only valid through December 15, 2017.
The Essential Phone is available through its website and Sprint, but it is unlocked so it will work with any wireless carrier.