The Essential Phone gets a substantial price cut mere months after launch

Andy Rubin's Essential announced that its very firstsmartphone, the Essential Phone (PH-1), is now officially sold for $499. Releasedseveral months back, the Essential Phone was initially offered for $699,so we're talking about a significant price cut here - $200 off. Essential saysit's cutting the price in order to "make it even easier" for consumers to tryits device and experience its brand. Honestly, we're not sure why it didn'tlaunch the phone for $499 to begin with.


If you're one of the (apparently not too many) people who'vealready bought an Essential Phone, the company is offering a "$200 friends& family code" that can be used to purchase a new handset, or anEssential 360 Camera. No cashback, sorry.


The Essential Phone is far from being perfect, though a fewsoftware updates fortunately fixed various shortcomings. And now, at $499, thistitanium and ceramic-made handset may actually worth the asking price.


Both the black, and white versions of the Essential Phoneare available for $499 (and both are compatible with all major US carriers). Right now, we're seeing the new price only over at Essential'sofficial website - check out the first source link below.


P.S.: Earlier this week, for a short period of time, Best Buy offered the black Essential Phone for $599. At this very moment, the retailer is (weirdly) asking $699 again for the smartphone.

sources: Essential, Essential blog 

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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. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1857; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Will pick it up when it's 249.99...

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

500 is fair for the materials and specs! Very decent.

4. libra89

Posts: 2333; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Agreed. It could be nice to try one out. Essential seems to be on it for the software too.

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

People should see the phone in person. The build quality and materials makes other phones look cheap. That said, the notch is the deal breaker.

3. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

It feels amazing when you pick it up and hold it but the software is bad. Lol

5. jjface

Posts: 270; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

500 is pretty tempting.

6. intellibrain

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

Thats hard to resist. I am giving it considerable thought of getting one. I was having in mind to buy OP5. But I ve been told by others, OP is not that fast with software updates. Can someone please confirm whether or not this is true?

11. harsh_732006

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I have been getting regular software updates every month on my oneplus 3 which is a year old now and still runs buttery smooth till date ,so i think op5 would be even better with updates

7. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

There you go. That's how you get back at another company selling a pretend flagship for over a thousand dollars...

8. kotan24

Posts: 320; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I’d still prefer the OG Google Pixel Xl for even less than $500 on ebay, I’d get; better screen, better camera, better support, a headphone Jack etc so no, thank you Essential.

9. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Fair enough. Just next time make it at least 3500mAh battery, lose the stupid cam notch because full screen to me means a perfect rectangle and ffs go international asap. Next time...

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The new nexus

12. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2364; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Waiting on the fire sale!!

14. dafababa2002

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

This is a great price, but I would still wait on the results of the Tony Fadell lawsuit. Might not be a company after this gets all sorted out, and no company means no support. Probably a non issue, but you never know.

15. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

300 is worth for this phone

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