The Essential Phone is on sale for the first time after receiving Android 9 Pie

The Essential Phone is on sale for the first time after receiving Android 9 Pie
One of 2017’s most hyped Android smartphones is also one of the most poorly reviewed high-enders in recent memory, but as time went on, prices dropped, and camera performance improved, folks started warming up to Andy Rubin’s divisive Essential Phone.

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.

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. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

The Nexus of 2017/18.

2. inFla

Posts: 185; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Lots of changes to this phone since PA's review. In fairness, PA should review again.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I've had a handful of bugs on my Essential since the Pie upgrade, so be mindful that there will likely be some tweak time before it's smooth. My issues have been: - Inconsistent fast charging (sometimes the devices simply won't charge. just maintaining the current charge level) - SMS message recipients will get the message twice, usually after a delay (across multiple SMS apps) - Limited wifi range and slow download speeds on wifi Also, the new navigation method is enabled by default and it's, unfortunately, a hot mess.

4. ripjaws26

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 22, 2015

I have inconsistent rapid charging too. Sometimes it says rapid charging but takes a very long time to charge.

6. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

The bonus of getting the Android update before everybody else.

5. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 33; Member since: May 03, 2018

Phone was cheaper like 3 days ago. Someone just wants money for promoting the phone.

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