The Essential Phone was officially announced on May 30 amid promises of the smartphone being available to purchase within 30 days. History shows that this wasn’t the case, instead, it only came to market in August. Despite boasting a premium build of ceramic and titanium materials, as well as high-end specs such as the Snapdragon 835, 4GB RAM, and 128GB of internal storage, the Essential Phone has found it difficult to overcome its $699 price tag amid reports of camera and performance issues. It’s been rumored that only 5,000 Essential Phones sold during the first month of availability. After a number of software updates to improve things, the Essential Phone has now received a hefty price cut that could well make it more appealing to the masses.
The Essential Phone was recently discounted by $200 to $499 direct from the handset maker, and now Best Buy has gotten in on the act with a further $50 reduction. This means you can pick up the Essential Phone for just $449 from the retailer, in either Black Moon or Pure White. That’s a $250 saving on the phones original $699 price tag. With its premium construction, high-end specs, and an almost stock build of Android, the Essential Phone may now appeal to Google fans who found the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL too expensive. A smart man’s Pixel, if you will.
It’s probably best advised that you don’t buy the phone for its alleged modules because while the Essential Phone was announced with the company showing off its modular capabilities, it should be noted the 360 Camera module is the only option currently available. It’s unclear at this time when further modules will be available to purchase.
If you weren’t sure whether to take a chance on the Essential Phone at its original price, are you tempted to snap it up from Best Buy for $449? It’s only $49 more than the Moto X4, and a whole lot more phone with an Oreo update promised to hit the phone before the end of 2017.
Source: Best Buy