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Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Essential Phone gets a big discount in Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale

Black Friday and Cyber Monday give us a seemingly unending list of deals to sift through, but as far as phones are concerned, there aren't always a lot of discounts that give us pause. Many phone discounts require an activation to go along with the device, and that's enough to sour some people on them. If you find yourself in that boat on this fateful Cyber Monday, then you might want to have a look at Amazon's new offer on the Essential Phone.

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Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

Essential Phone Oreo update released in beta

There's another good reason to pick up an Essential Phone, with the company releasing its Android Oreo beta today. The new software has been pushed out via Essential's developer site, fulfilling its promise back in October to quickly move users to the latest version of Android.

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Essential phone price is at its lowest, without Family offer

Essential phone price is at its lowest, without Family offer

How low can you go? In the case of the Essential PH-1, the answer to that question seems to still be pending. Late October, one of this year’s smartphone upstarts got a rather hefty $200 price cut, but Essential wasn’t done yet. Now the bezel-less phone with a small notch has shaved off $50, at least for the time being. And at least if you’re willing to buy it unlocked from Best Buy.

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Essential Phone price cut to $650 (in Canada)

Essential Phone price cut to $650 (in Canada)

This week the folks at Essential appear to have given the Great White North a break on the pricing for their first Essential Phone. The pricing comes via Telus - which could mean that Telus is the one doing the chopping - and the final dollar amount is $650 Canadian Dollars - converted straight to USD today and the final price is right around $510 - which reminds me...

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Essential PH-1 time-limited offer cuts original price in half

Essential PH-1 time-limited offer cuts original price in half

Again, no one will refuse a discount, especially one that doesn’t seem to have strings attached. But when said discount amounts to more than half the original price tag, one can’t help but feel a bit suspicious. That may be the sentiment that some observers may be feeling with this latest Essential phone promo. After cutting the price down permanently to $500, Essential is offering the phone with another discount that brings the price down to $300. This time, however, there are some conditions to be made.

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Essential phone gets a very hefty price cut

Essential phone gets a very hefty price cut

No one is probably going to argue over a change that makes a premium product very much affordable. But depending on when the price cut takes place, it could, instead, raise concerns. The Essential PH-1, the first and so far only smartphone from Andy Rubin’s startup, is barely three months in the market. But as of today, the smartphone that was pitting itself against the likes of Samsung, Apple, and maybe even Google itself, is $200 cheaper. That means that the Essential phone is now almost half the price of this year’s top models.

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Andy Rubin’s Essential sued by Tony Fadell’s Keyssa over trade secrets

Andy Rubin’s Essential sued by Tony Fadell’s Keyssa over trade secrets

When you make big noise, make big claims, and use big names, you naturally paint a big target on your back as well, especially legal ones. Most big companies like Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Apple are lawsuit magnets and usually just brush them off usually. Smaller startups, however, might have a harder time, especially when the plaintiff has an equally big name behind it. That’s the situation that Essential, founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, has found itself in when it was sued by Keyssa, backed by iPod co-creator Tony Fadell, over the alleged theft of trade secrets.

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The Pure White Essential Phone is finally on sale

The Pure White Essential Phone is finally on sale

Essential's newest version of its Android smartphone has been released, with the hotly-anticipated Pure White Essential Phone finally arriving in stores. The smartphone initially went on sale in Sprint stores back in September, though despite initial suggestions by the company, only the Black Moon finish was offered. That, it turned out, was because making a white smartphone that stays white proved to be surprisingly tricky.

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Essential AMA: Oreo beta soon, touch fix next OTA

Essential AMA: Oreo beta soon, touch fix next OTA

The Essential PH-1, Andy Rubin's newest baby, was off to a rough start. Delayed and probably overhyped, the Nexus-like bezel-less phone with a notch didn't completely live up to expectations. But, fortunately, smartphones these days are almost like living things, growing and improving over time. As long as their manufacturers are willing to grow them, that is. And Essential does seem to be committed to doing just that. At least based on the Reddit AMA they just recently held.

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Essential Phone update promises a better camera

Essential Phone update promises a better camera

The Essential is probably one of the most talked about Android smartphones of 2017. And that's not all in a good way. Like any small startup trying to make its way through a congested smartphone market, Essential, co-founded and backed by Android godfather Andy Rubin, put the hype machine into full gear. Arriving more than a month later than promised, the Essential PH-1 delivered on some of its promises but flopped on others. One such example is its camera, which is now getting a software update that promises to dramatically improve its performance.

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This is how many Essential phones have been sold so far

This is how many Essential phones have been sold so far

There are a few words of advice regarding windows of opportunity, but seems that Essential, by Android godfather Andy Rubin, may have thrown all those out the window. And now they might be reaping what it sowed. Hyped, late, and imperfect, the Essential PH-1 smartphone may have sold only around 5,000 units, putting it well below most major OEMs and earning it a spot in the niche, and therefore very small, smartphone market.

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Essential Phone can now be used on Verizon networks

Essential Phone can now be used on Verizon networks

When the debut Android phone from Andy Rubin's Essential was revealed last month, it was made clear that Sprint would be the only carrier in the US to sell the device. But for those interested in the Essential Phone that aren't Sprint customers, there's now another carrier option. The device is now certified to work with Verizon's networks, and therefore compatible with the Big Red carrier.

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