Pick up the Essential Phone from Amazon for only $399.99

Last month, the Essential Phone was discounted at Best Buy, offered at a price of $450. Now, the price of Andy Rubin's high-end handset has been reduced to $399.99 at Amazon. That is $100 or 20% off Amazon's pre-sale price of $499.99. And it is a far cry from the notched phone's $699.99 initial price. In case it has slipped your mind, the Essential Phone features a 5.71-inch edge-to-edge LCD display with a customizable notch, a 1312 x 2560 resolution, and a 19:10 aspect ratio.

Powering the Essential Phone is the Snapdragon 835 chipset, carrying an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 540 GPU. There is 4GB of RAM inside along with 128GB of internal storage. The dual camera setup on back includes one 13MP RGB camera, and a second 13MP monochrome camera. In front, an 8MP snapper handles selfies and video chats. Keeping the lights on is a 3040mAh battery, and Android 8.1 is pre-installed.

The sale price is available for the Black Moon and Pure White models. If you want to add the plug-in 360 degree camera, the price rises to $467.88. With the Essential HD earphones, the bundle will set you back $496.87.

Essential is believed to be working on a sequel, which is expected to improve on the oft-criticized cameras on the first-generation device, and add an IP certification rating.

source: Amazon

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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. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That's honestly a quality phone for that specific price range. The build is amazing, even compared to flagships and the software is generally much improved compared to how it was at its release. I would definitely consider this over a Oneplus 5T, if you can live with your phone having a notch and a mid-range camera. In Essential's defence, they do have the best notch out there, as it is much smaller than the likes seen on the Iphone X or even the Huawei P20. Essential did the notch first, and so far they still have the best notch design. I personally prefer a design without a notch, as I see it as a compromise while brands wait for technology to mature. Looking at a compromise every day isn't my thing, but It's personal preference tho.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The camera is definitely not mid range since the updates. Plus for $49 extra you can get the 360 camera as well. Which is great for VR and Cardboard. Try looking for a 4k 360 camera for $49. Good luck finding one. That 360 camera puts this deal over the top.

2. gamehead unregistered

Now that's tempting

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 360 camera attachment puts this into a great buy. That and it's build quality is second to none. Especially with its titanium and ceramic materials. Makes it really durable. BB10. Not to mention the 4 GB of RAM, SD 835, and 128 GB of storage.

5. palmguy

Posts: 987; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Not to mention the constant software updates.

6. tallmatt81

Posts: 71; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

$399 at Best Buy to

7. 2112jc

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

Picked one up from BestBuy for $399 today. Would LOVE to have the Grey color, but I couldnt justify paying extra for color. This is a great phone. That price makes it almost unable to pass up.

8. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

How’s the signal reception in weak areas compared to your past phones?

9. kakudiego

Posts: 123; Member since: May 21, 2014

below $500 should be the price since release! $400 is good price for the hardware, but only few people will buy

10. maddy996

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I wish could have one but sadly not available in India.

11. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

That's a good deal. Although, I'm looking to see what the U12 brings. If the rumor mill is true, and it's a very slim bezel 5.5" device, that will make the phone very one-hand capable.

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