Andy Rubin’s Essential introduced its first smartphone, the Essential Phone in May this year. Just months after its release, the device has received a significant price cut and it currently retails at $499.
Essential says that it is slashing the price to make it ‘even easier’ for its consumers to experience the company’s products and its brand.
For those few lucky purchasers who bought an Essential phone, they can get $200 friends and family code” to purchase a new handset or an Essential 360 camera. However, the offer doesn’t include any cash back.
“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,” Essential wrote on its official blog.
Apparently, the PH-1 smartphone from the startup has limited carrier deals in select markets. And while the Essential phone is still to grab the ‘hot seller’ seat, the company seems to remain positive. Andy Rubin’s startup back in August claimed that within the next five to ten years it will have as big footprint as major tech companies like Apple and Samsung.
To recap, the modular Essential phone was launched with a price tag of $699. The phone features a 5.7-inch display with 2560×1312 pixel resolution. It is fueled by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB native storage. At the back, it has dual 13MP sensors with f/1.85 aperture and hybrid autofocus. The front camera comes with an 8MP sensor and 4K video recording capability. The phone is sculpted out of a combination of titanium and ceramic materials and it has magnetic pin connectors to connect either the 360-degree camera or the wireless charger.