Instead of $699, you can now get an Essential PH1 phone for $499 + the tax in your US area. The phone should support the Android 8.0 Oreo OS soon, and it ships with some unique features including an adjustable 360 camera.
The camera is not cheap as the company wants to charge $179, which is down $20 from the original $199. If you order one today, you will get it within a day or two.
The only US carrier which was committed to this phone was Sprint, the weakest player of them after its merger with noisy T-Mobile. International customers still have to wait for the chance to buy the phone, except for Canadans.
The Essential phone PH-1 packs a 2560 x 1312 QHD screen with unique 19:10 aspect ratio and the diagonal size of 5.71 inches with radiused corners. The screen has a typical brightness of 500 nits.
The heart of the device is the Snapdragon 835. We don’t have to emphasise that there won’t be a faster version of 835. The next SoC is the Snapdragon 845, and that will come to phones in early Q2 2018
Essential is already working on the new phones for 2018, and it has to win some customer affection with the first model. Honestly, for the first one, the company priced it too high.
One Plus did a great job offering the top-notch platform powered by Snapdragon 835 at a price that got a lot of attention for the customers in this part of the market.
Andy Ruben and his Essential team are on the right track, but it will take some time before they get to where they want to be.