Essential Phone may have sold 50,000 units according to camera app download numbers

Back in late September, we reported about a research firm that claimed Essential Phone only sold 5,000 units in the United States. Fast forward six weeks and it looks like that number increased by ten times.

Apparently, Essential Phone may have sold around 50,000 units since its release, a much better number than the amount mentioned in September. The information is based on the number of downloads of Essential's Camera app from the Google Play Store, so it surely isn't 100% accurate.

In case you're wondering how did Essential manage to boost sales of its smartphone in such a short time and obtain good numbers, here are a few things that may have contributed to Essential Phone's mild success.

First off, Essential dropped the price of the smartphone from $700 to just $500. Also, the company allowed customers to get the phone for $200 off through a friends-and-family discount. Finally, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals where the Essential Phone and the 360 Camera were on sale for just $400 probably boosted the number of units sold considerably.

Perhaps 50,000 units sold might not seem much for a flagship smartphone, but let's not forget that we're talking about a startup that is trying to gain market share in the US, a region that, at the top tier, is dominated by Apple and Samsung.

Related phones

  • 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. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm getting mine tomorrow. I regretted not buying one while I was in Vegas, and I've been looking around for one since I got back home, and luckily I found one slightly use that I'll be picking up tomorrow.

2. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice, share with us how much the camera has improved with the multiple updates that apparently happened since launch. Thanks!

3. BamaBoi89

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 06, 2015

camera is much improved and havent had any software lag at all outside the camera app. I would keep mine if I didnt have the note 8 lol. so now I have to sell it

10. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yes however it seems even after all the improvements the camera is still mediocre at best :(. Unfortunately I think it's high time all of us just accept the essential phones camera is mid range at best.

8. maherk

Posts: 7049; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Things I like so far: Build quality and design. Battery life is promising. Light UI. Things I don't like: Camera is a hit or miss, you need to download the Google camera, and even that won't help you in low light conditions. And I'm not talking about extremely dark situations. Screen doesn't seem to be that responsive, and it's mostly noticeable when typing. It's not a hardware issue though, as Essential promised a fix is coming, and those who installed Lineage rom said the screen responsiveness is much better than stock. Loud speaker isn't that loud, and the earpiece isn't the clearest. You can only quick charge it using the stock charger and USB. QC3.0 chargers won't help, neither Samsung's adaptive fast chargers. I can name a few of other things, but I knew what I was getting myself into when I ditched my S8+ for it. Will I regret it? Maybe, but for now, the concept of this phone and the brilliant design and build quality will help get over all it's shortcomings.

9. Zylam

Posts: 1823; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Thanks for the honest feedback, wow it's a shame the camera is still a problem. Most of the other deformities don't sound pleasant but they feel 'live-able'. It's amazing how much you have to get right in terms of software and hardware to work in unison, if OEM's are having issues getting mostly stock Android to work with fairly standard hardware such like a SD and an LCD, then we sould probably back off Google a touch for all the Pixel QC problems and praise the likes of Samsung, HTC, Moto and the rest for at least providing a decent software/hardware immersion. Google, One Plus, Essential, it's a tough job for start ups to catch up on all the polish and finish the more mature Oems have, but at least these start ups exist and push the boundaries. It took One Plus six phones to get the right one out, we might need to give Google and Essential a few years before we start throwing them under a rock. But I think the heft and premium feel of the essential is 2nd to none, the iPhone X feels amazing in hand too and essential are up there with the best on their first attempt. So they did get something right. Hope you enjoy your Essential! Later bro!

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2073; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm tempted to pick one up as well with all the sales and use it to replace my work iphone

5. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Currently Using one is Fast. The camera has improve a lot. I still feel some gaps on gesture but nothing to serious a solid phone

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1989; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Amazing what happens when you price your hardware properly

7. FoxDavis

Posts: 60; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

Yep, I love this phone but not at the $700 range. More updates are needed but it's a great phone so far for $400. I think the 360 can get better with an update so I am wishing it comes soon.

11. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Pixel 2 xl better than this crap phone even though pixel 2 xl has issues still better.

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