Though it’s only been available for a few months, the Essential Phone has kind of been buried under recent announcements from Samsung, Apple, and even Google with the new Pixel 2. Overall impressions of the phone have been favorable, though Essential always faced a tough hill to climb as a relative unknown. The Essential Phone is set to receive a $200 price cut, which ought to make it a much more appealing option even outside of the techie community.
While we haven’t gotten our hands on an Essential Phone here at Techaeris quite yet (we’ll have our full review in a couple of weeks), it seems that most who have appreciate the phone’s design and construction (even with the small camera notch on front), as well as the overall performance. The camera app was initially problematic, but recent updates, as well as additional promised updates, have made a huge difference in performance. A price drop to $499 unlocked makes the Essential Phone an absolute steal. If you’re not quite sold on the Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, the offerings from Samsung, or the new iPhones, maybe this is just the deal that will get Essential some more users.
Existing Essential customers aren’t getting left completely out in the dark either though. Existing owners can register their phone to receive a $200 “Friends & Family” discount that is good through December 15th, 2017. Owners can use that credit to purchase another phone for friends or family (or maybe buy the new white model for themselves) or use the credit to purchase the available 360 camera for themselves. Users can register to redeem the credit using their IMEI and serial numbers, as well as the email address they used to purchase their phone.
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