Essential Phone now comes with free 4K 360-degree camera ($179 value)

Essential Phone now comes with free 4K 360-degree camera ($179 value)
The Essential Phone is one of the cheapest flagships you can buy in the United States at the moment. Moreover, the handset is not even one year old and its price has already been permanently cut by $200.

When Essential launched its first smartphone, it went on sale for $700, but possibly due to low customer interest it dropped the price down to just $500. The Essential Phone is available for this price at various US retailers, but Essential's online store is selling it for $500 as well.

However, if you want a slightly better deal, you can have the Essential Phone along with a 360-degree camera for $500 via Amazon. The bundle will let you save you the cost of the camera ($179), which comes for free.

If you're not that interested in getting a 4K 360-degree camera and rather buy the phone for a lower price, Amazon offers a $50 discount on the Essential Phone, which means you'll only be paying $450 to get it. Don't forget that you can read our Essential Phone review to learn more about the device.

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

man, i really want to try this phone... if i can sell my cracked screen s7 edge and axon 7 for 200 total i'd probably jump on this for a few months

5. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

A broken S7 Edge alone is better keep your money or upgrade something else that phone it it's worse than stock Android it has literally nothing and yes the camera looks better but the shutter speed is still s**ty when you click on it takes awhile to process even with the latest update trust me I've tried it in stores quick phone but it's like if you're going to to be a stock Android phone don't get rid of some features available in stock it's literally the only the essentials is like a dumb phone slowly mature into a smartphone keep your money and upgrade to something else

8. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

you should see how broken it is... lol the reason i decided to try the axon 7... although i have not complaints about the axon 7... i just see all the new stuff as shiny new toys... i may as well wait a couple months and see what truly come out regardless of what i get i'll be getting the note 9

13. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't listen to him and his informed opinion using a display model, that probably hasn't been updated ever, for a few seconds at a time. I have one and it works perfectly and it's far better than an S7 which is what I had before the essential. Only downside is that it is noticable heavier and due to the cermic construction it has a rather hollow vibration. Otherwise it is one of the best phones of 2017 with it's most recent update.

14. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yeah, i dont think the phone is for me but i still want to give it a personal try before this years flagships come out and swoop me off my feet

17. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

you only make it sound important because you own one. Looks at every review on youtube, pro and amateur, especially long term. It falls short everywhere. Samsung pay has save me when J went on a trip and left one of my debit cards at home. Palm to swipe makes thongs easier after a heavy day of typing. No wireless charging, for when your port is wet. No ingress protection for water damages. I lost mynphpne in a river and a treasure diver found it and retuen it 2 days later. If it was Essential, I would had bought a new phone. Even old S7 or S7 Edge can still do soooo much more. Yes Essential is fast, but its like having a fast dumb phone with a browser. S8 and Note 8 oreo already taking on 5T, iPhone X, and Pixel 2XL on youtube. That phone, only has a great processor and nothing else. I still have my S7 Edge as a third (back up) phone to my Note 8 and S8. I know it's better. My friends who bought them all returned them. I mean, you're telling me I'm uninformed, when even I know solmethimg you probably don't know, such as no parts for that phones exist and that the usb c is soldiered onto the mother board deeming it unfixable There's a reason it doesn't sell and the proce drops. If you're gonna go the non waterproof way, at least provide wireless charging along with repairable parts. And the ease of repair is terrible. iFox it gave it a terrible score. My old G3 and G4 I bought off someone years had cracked glasses, bought em for 20 bucks a piece and within less than 10 mins, I repaired 2 phones for 40. Can't do the same with the Essential. Also, the worst phone support. Even Andy Ruben had to take a break from overwhelming issues at Essential. When they say you pay for the brand, they mean the premium of quality andsupport. Essential ain't got it. And btw, I have many phone lines, and I tend to lease my devices (rent) so I trade them in with for new ones all the time with no penalties or restocking fees or anything. I had a G6 before I traded that in for an s8. Who's to say I never had a G6, I tried like every phone out there. Even bought a 5T just to play with even if I was 100 percent sure I was going to return it since Ingress protection rating is my thing. Essential is the only phone I never bothered. Haha

23. bucknassty

Posts: 1373; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

while your rant is very true, wouldn't you like to try something else besides samsung... i mean samsung has everything you can think of in a phone which is why its so hard to leave... but there is something wrong with that damn software and causes a UI ... stutter, i wont call it lag because its not like its just slow everywhere, i swear its in that launcher something lingering from like touchwiz 2.0 or something I'm trying this axon 7 for a few months and this thing flies ... just obsured going through with no... stutters.. my s7 edge did this every now and then, but it had EVERYTHING and you mention samsung pay! boi.... life SAVER

22. texasfoldem

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 12, 2018

Is buy these. Call six 8280two53four7

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I would love to switch to this phone but I will wait to see what the PH-2 offers.

3. bpcooper14

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2014

Got mine for 399 with the free camera. definitely happy i pulled the trigger when i did. updates are steady and it keeps getting better.

6. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Too bad the camera's shutter is slow, because life happens fast.

9. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

No it's not. With the updates it received, it's almost as fast as any other smartphone. The only thing they need to fix is screen responsiveness, but I think that this is a hardware issue.

18. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Not the latest update I tried. I press the camera shutter button 10 times in a row really quick on an Essential phone demo unit running the latest update at Best buy, which should perform it's best to convince customers, and it only capture like 3 or 4. My Note8 captured all 10 photos.

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Could PA do another review of the phone? It keeps popping up as a recommended device in various articles, but the review score is still a 4. Considering all the updates, it would be very helpful to have the device revisited.

7. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

You can go play with the phone yourself it sucks

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I've tried it out in the store, sure, but it's not exactly a solid method of determining ability and value. In depth time with the device is needed, which is why I'd like to see PA take another go at it, especially since they seem comfortable enough recommending it in articles. There aren't a ton of stock Android devices available, so it's nice to have comprehensive coverage of them when they show up.

11. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He definitely hates a phone that he barely used in a store, and everyone knows how buggy a store demo phone can be. I owned the phone for 10 days, and apart from the screen sensitivity not being as responsive as other flagships, there is nothing that should hold you from buying it. If you have no issue with rooting your phone, you can flash the Pixel 2 Camera app and get every single feature the Pixel 2 offers, from AI, to Portrait mode on both cameras, to HDR+. But if you don't root your phone, don't worry, the camera app is almost as good as other flagships with the exception of Pixel 2, Note 8, and iPhone X. It's always getting better with the updates they keep on pushing. But trust me, I tried the Pixel 2 camera app on the phone, and it delivered the same results as the Pixel 2, much better pictures than my already awesome Note 8.

20. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

I hate it because I actually got to play with it and there is nothing to be excited about. Everything falls short and you know it, especially if you can compare what ypur Note8 can do. And store demo units aren't supposed to be buggy. Nothing buggy about a phpne with a terribly slow hardware shutter speed, no qi charging waterproofing, or even at least 3 or 4 samsung like features. Cmon. This phone js literally a browser, dialer, and texting phone. Even the display is dated af.

21. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

and dont tell me I hate a phone I don't own or really use long term, that's like me saying you can't hate a 1 star restaurant if you only try it once. Sometimes, it only takes one try. And it's common sense, Would you prefer frozen steak or never from Kobe beef. If you l have to even consider the frozen steak (PH1) you lack common sense.

19. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

A store demo is supposed to ne on par to convince customer. It's not the performance that suvks, its the limited features. Name some stand out things. And don't talk about ceramic glass back, it's irreplacable

12. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Let’s see if essential lives to make 2nd version...I might try it.

16. kira023

Posts: 18; Member since: Apr 26, 2011

no more ... it's back to 604.98 now ....sob sob

24. Yuviii

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

Bought this phone after selling my s8. This phone is rubbish and nothing compared to the s8.

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