The phone launched in June and after a bumpy ride made its way into peoples palms in late August. As the PH-1 is near stock, it does have a lot of the same features found on the Pixel 2 as well as (supposed) quick updates, with Oreo coming in the next few weeks. According to a report on TechCrunch the company is providing a discount to take all the available space left in a market dominated by brands such as Apple and Samsung. It's pretty clear that the reason for the unexpected price cut, less than two months after it started shipping retail units, is that the high-profile phone has not been a huge success.
"And to thank our early supporters who already own an Essential Phone, we're offering a $200 friends & family code to use on our website towards Essential 360 Camera or another Essential Phone", said Niccola de Masi, the president of Essential.
The Essential Phone, the first ever product of Andy Rubin's company, has received a price cut of essentially $200 today, announced the company.More news: George Clooney 'Glad' Academy Kicked Harvey Weinstein Out
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While the Essential Phone, developed by Android creator Andy Rubin, has yet to make it over the pond to the United Kingdom, the Android-toting handset is set to make its British debut before Christmas. Other retailers like Amazon still show the bigger price tag, but it should only be a matter of time until they follow suit.
To recap, Essential Phone sports an edge-to-edge 5.7-inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560×1312 pixels. Lastly, it includes a dual-camera setup on the rear with a regular 13-megapixel f/1.85 shooter and another monochrome sensor. It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. Meanwhile, the front camera is 8MP with f/2.20 aperture and fixed hyperfocal lens.