The Essential Phone now has new (and more expensive) limited color editions

Essential just announced that it's launching three new color versions of its very first smartphone - the Essential Phone. While we've already seen two of these colors (Stellar Gray and Ocean Depths), the third one - Copper Black - was never revealed before today.

All these are limited edition colors, only "a small batch of each" has been made, so they might not be available for long. Essential explains this by the fact that it's difficult to develop custom colors for the ceramic back of its handset. 

Interestingly, you'll have to pay extra for the privilege of owning any of the three new color variants. While the currently available Black Moon and Pure White versions of the Essential Phone are sold for $499, the new models are priced at $599. 

The Essential Phone in Ocean Depths (with teal back and copper/golden accents) will be available to buy starting later today, February 15. The Stellar Gray model (with mate back and a titanium frame) will go on sale on February 20. And finally, the Copper Black model (with glossy back and a copper frame) will be released on February 22. Only Essential is selling these limited edition colors, meaning you won't find them at retailers like Best Buy or Amazon. So, any takers?

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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 128GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Cool color combinations but not worth the extra $100 to an already mediocre phone.

5. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah I didn't realize that it was $100 more. That's a bummer.

30. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

They are actually $150 more than Amazon sells them for.

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

should have added a headphone jack and upgraded camera module... then people probably would jump on it

13. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Camera's hardware is better than my Note 8. With the Google Camera app, it delivered better shots than the Note 8, and now with the latest update, you don't even need the Gcam app unless you want a Pixel like pictures, the stock camera is almost as good as any other flagship. Check this video comparing the latest camera update vs Pixel 2 and iPhone X, the reviewer needed to zoom in to point out the differences, because for the average person, and for the majority of the video, it was hard to tell which was better.

17. bucknassty

Posts: 1401; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

interesting... i like the new colors, but a 100 dollar price increase? idk

19. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

These aren't for anyone, they're a limited edition targeted mostly at Essential Phone costumers. Go check their online community and you will get it why these colors are released and how quickly they'll sell

25. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The camera hardware is NOT better than the note 8 just because it delivered better shots with a third party camera app. The google camera app prefers some type of cameras over others. Also, if you do own the exynos version of note 8, then the comparison is not even fair. The note 8 has the best camera hardware in all the phones. It has the same sensor as the pixel 2, but with bigger aperture. Samsung's processing is not that great though. I can agree that the essential has gotten really good with the camera with updates, but even the video you showed shows that it's still not on par with the pixel or the iPhone. Again, neither is the Note, but I would say that the Note is closer to the iPhone than the essential is based on this video.

11. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Mediocre? I bet you never even tried the phone at a store, instead based your opinion on the early reviews that came out when the phone was released.

2. shield

Posts: 892; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Stupid :D

3. DolmioMan

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Some companies charge the same amount of money regardless of the colour choice.

8. skips

Posts: 490; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

what part of ''limited edition'' you do not understand you dense tomato pimp

4. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Would've been cool at the same price. If the camera were better, and the device were more stable software wise, it'd be a nice addition. Essential really needs to get their act together, and think about the state they're in.

6. Cat97

Posts: 2032; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

In my opinion the Essential phone is the most underrated phone in the last 3 years. I hope people realize that the Essential is very compact, it is shorter than the Galaxy S7 (non Edge !) while, ironically, the Galaxy S8 is as tall as the S7 Edge. The Essential is the only phone that can hold a candle to the iPhone X in the compactness area.

9. southernzombie

Posts: 358; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I'm sure there are people out there that having a compact phone is important to them, but it isn't exactly a selling point. "Our phone doesn't work very well compared to slightly larger phones but hey, at least its compact"

12. DocOc

Posts: 143; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

The phone works fine. Do you have one? I do and I've never had a problem with it. The camera is great. It's smooth. Go ahead and pay an extra $400 for a Samsung, LG, or Iphone.

16. maherk

Posts: 7067; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Only those who owned this device truly appreciate it, the rest follow what they watched and read about it when the phone was newly released.

23. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

Well yeah, that's all we have to go by. I wouldn't purchase a phone that I may end up regretting. From actual owners, they say it's pretty good, but software is inconsistent, and the camera isn't the best. I personally like Essential, but I would wait for the successor to the Ph-1

18. Skizzo

Posts: 438; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

There are many things I like about the Essential phone, and am rooting for them to succeed. They absolutely nailed the look of the phone (although I'd prefer no notch at all), the stock UI, the constant improvement updates and general support...all amazing and worty of praise, but design wise, they missed too many essentials to bare the name "Essential" in my opinion. No headphone jack No waterproofing No wireless charging No micro SD support Any two of those should have been included at a bare minimum, but let's be honest, all should have been there if you are trying to compete with the established competition (who have those features), and truly make a phone with all the "essentials."

20. Skizzo

Posts: 438; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

P.S. I have the same criticism with the Google Pixel phones as well, although they at least have the stellar camera and Google branding/support to carry them. Not an excuse mind you, not at the price that Google is asking for the phones compared to the Android competition, but they are Google. "Essential" doesn't have that same market recognition that Google does, so they cannot hope to compete with the bare minimum.

7. yalokiy

Posts: 1124; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Love the Ocean Depths version. Really wish that Essential survives and prospers. A phone with great screen to body ratio and no logo is my dream phone.

14. A_A_A

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

Could make sense at the same price. But still neither headphone jack nor water resistance. LG G6 is much more comprehensive device at similar price.

15. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Probably the best phone design last year.


Posts: 482; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

They could have just waited and release the same phone with a SD845, 6GB of Ram and a better camera with the new colors.

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

$599? it will be $299 in a few months..

24. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

The matte black one looks pretty cool but eh

26. dimas

Posts: 3448; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Nice try, Essential. I will buy one if the new colors have improved flagship camera hardware but since it's just new colors, you might just want to focus your energy on your 2nd gen.

27. Sparkxster

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Liking the ocean depths it is pretty and different and the stellar grey has the matte finish. Copper black has a classy stealth look to it. Great choices for limited edition colors.

28. kharma

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 19, 2017

These would all look identical in my case. That being said, I don't get the hate... it's a solid phone even at $599. Mine has been flawless since Oreo beta. Yes, I had gripes early on but some folks seem unable to separate the sketchy release from current reality.

29. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

The reason 88000 of these phones were sold was its price drop not the quality of the phone. $100 more for the color, no thank you.

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