Unlocked Essential Phone now available at Best Buy

The unlocked Essential Phone is now available inside Best Buy stores, and online. Andy Rubin 's Android powered handset will work with all four major stateside carriers and features a tough titanium build. And while the 5.71-inch LCD screen may not have a notch like the Apple iPhone X, it does have a little cut out area at the top of the 1312 x 2560 resolution screen. That is for the phone's front-facing 8MP camera and certain sensors.

Over at Best Buy, you can pick up the unlocked Essential Phone for $699.99. The device is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset which includes an octa-core 2.45GHz CPU, and the Adreno 540 GPU. 4GB of RAM is inside, along with 128GB of native storage. A dual camera setup is found on back (13MP), and keeping the lights on is a 3040 mAh battery. While stock Android Nougat is pre-installed, the Essential Phone will be receiving the update to Android 8.0 in the next month or two.

At nearly $700, you might expect the Essential Phone to include an IP certification rating. The absence of such a rating means that you need to be careful to make sure that you don't get the phone too wet. What you do get is a magnetic port on back for modular accessories, like the 360 degree camera that is now available.

Check out the unlocked Essential Phone by clicking on the sourcelink, or you can visit your local Best Buy location.

source: BestBuy via AndroidandMe

Related phones

  • 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. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Hopefully there's a display model there...

4. Wario unregistered

A display is essential.

5. libra89

Posts: 2338; Member since: Apr 15, 2016


6. Jishnusur

Posts: 175; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Hahaha! Thid was goood

2. trqster

Posts: 177; Member since: May 17, 2013


3. kiko007

Posts: 7524; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Gotta agree; the camera and performance seem to be really off the mark. Most $300 smartphones do one or the other properly, but this $700 one does neither particularly well ATM. Then add the whole "oh... we're sorry, we got hacked" bulls**t on top of that, and you got yourself a failed product in the making. Meh, Andy was probably looking to pull a Nextbit anyhow... all good.

8. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

doa- unfortunately. overpriced underspecced. only tech geeks heard of this phone. the mass majority want a brand name. plus its released at a time when the killer v30 is released and samsung/iphone as well.

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Are all this phones problems software related?

9. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

If it didn't have the lower bezel I would have bought one on the spot.

10. dnomadic

Posts: 449; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

"It feels good in the hands" that about all I can say about this phone. Beyond that when I played around with it at the Sprint store I was not $700 impressed, I was $500 impressed....overpriced.

11. baldilocks

Posts: 1548; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

At least they are advertising it on TV.

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