The Essential Phone is now available for $499 after $200 price cut. Existing buyers will get a Friends & Family coupon worth the same amount towards a new Essential Phone or a 360-degree camera add-on.
The Essential Phone was praised for its incredible industrial design. However, the phone’s software and its camera were criticized for its slow speed, poor low-light performance, and lack of features. Numerous updates were released to fix Essential phone issues and added much-needed camera usability.
From the company’s blog:
At Essential, one of our driving principles is that premium craftsmanship and the latest technologies shouldn’t be for the few. We could have created a massive TV campaign to capture your attention, but we think making it easier for people to get their hands on our first products is a better way to get to know us.
At $499, the phone is more competitive against flagships like the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8.