Essential launches Halo Gray phone with Amazon Alexa built in

Essential launches Halo Gray phone with Amazon Alexa built in
Just one day after unveiling three fresh color variants of the Essential Phone, Essential today announced yet another new version of the handset. Called Halo Gray, the new model is unique because it comes with Amazon Alexa built in - thus offering an alternative to Google Assistant (the virtual assistant that's already available on all other color variants of the Essential Phone).  

The Halo Gray Essential Phone - pictured above and below - doesn't seem to be too different from the Stellar Gray model unveiled yesterday. According to Essential, the design difference between the two is that the Stellar Gray variant has a matte black ceramic back and black titanium frame, while the Halo Gray device has a black matte ceramic back and natural-colored titanium frame. Uhm, okay then.

The Halo Gray Essential Phone can be pre-ordered as of today, exclusively on Amazon (see the first source link below), and will be released on February 21. Unlike the Stellar Gray model, which will be sold by Essential for $599, the Halo Gray handset is offered by Amazon for just $449 - this making it Essential's cheapest smartphone yet. In case you're wondering, the Halo Gray Essential Phone has the exact same specs as all the other color versions of the device.


sources: Amazon, Essential (Twitter) 

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12 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2528; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I really like the look of this one. The lighter trim around the sides stands out nicely. Naturally, it doesn't ship to Canada...

2. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The Amazon price is actually listed as $449.99, not $499 - according to this link:https://www.amazon.com/Essential-Factory-Unlocked-Phone-Warranty/dp/B078SQ7GWK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518808542&sr=8-1&keywords=halo+grey+essential+phone And jellmoo is right - it doesn't ship to Canada, nor is it available on the .ca website.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2528; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I'm guessing that the Telus exclusivity deal is holding it back. And considering the massive price discount at Telus, they can't be selling too well so they're probably not in any rush to add to their stock.

5. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'm with Telus, but still prefer a factory unlocked device... And I think you're right about that price discount.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2528; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well the good news is that they're all factory unlocked in Canada now.

8. Subie

Posts: 2269; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

True carriers have to sell all devices unlocked now. But is it truly the same as "factory unlocked"? Many carrier phones have limited radio band capabilities and even once unlocked may not be compatible with every service provider. Especially international providers. The only absolute exception here I think would be the iPhone. Plus I'm also concerned that these devices could still come with carrier bloatware, and or be tied into carriers software update releases. But this is something I haven't really looked into yet.

6. Landon

Posts: 1229; Member since: May 07, 2015

The $499 includes the 360 camera, which in my opinion is a no-brainer purchase.

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 629; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I just want to buy an Essential phone, but it's not available anywhere

9. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Less than 100,000 of these Essential phones have sold. I call that a success...

10. gamehead unregistered

So this was the surprise...

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2115; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

To me or Essential? I believe Essential believes it is a surprise...

12. Cat97

Posts: 1709; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I have been waiting for this color for a year...and now I don't want it because the new flagships are just around the corner.

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