The Essential Phone is on sale for the first time after receiving Android 9 Pie
It’s unclear if sales numbers and profit margins are high enough to justify a sequel after all (probably not), but it’s become pretty obvious the “edge-to-edge” handset has plenty to offer for around $400.
At $250, this was an outright steal... for a few hours about a month ago, although after joining the official Android 9 Pie fun, some of you are likely to find the Essential Phone irresistible at $330 as well.
You may want to hurry if that indeed sounds appealing, as Amazon could jack up the price of the unlocked “Halo Gray” model at any moment. Keep in mind that trusted third-party sellers currently charge $345 and $373 for black and “Pure White” units respectively, while Best Buy still thinks these two are worth $500 apiece.
Then there’s also the handset’s manufacturer itself, which continues to sell the unlocked Essential Phone in black or white at $399, free 360 Camera, HD earphones, and protective case included.
Whichever purchasing option you end up choosing, you’ll get a powerful Snapdragon 835-based device with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage space, made from titanium and ceramic, sporting a 5.7-inch LCD screen with 2560 x 1312 resolution and one of the world’s smallest “notches”, but no microSD support or water resistance, while the dual rear-facing shooters are still not great.