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Essential cuts the price of its phone to $499

Essential cuts the price of its phone to $499

If you're ready to let the headphone jack and the microSD card slot go, and you don't mind putting a little more effort into your camera shots, the phone becomes a much more reasonable offering at $499, even with the missing features. Customers have to sign up on the Essential page using their phone's IMEI number, serial number and the email ID used at the time of the purchase of the phone.

Anyone who recently put money down on an Essential Phone is sure to be disappointed though, which such a significant reduction just two months after launch.

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The price cut also comes as new phones made by Apple and Samsung are starting at more expensive prices than ever before. The Essential PH-1 might turn out to be the first and the last smartphone of this company, according to some.

Originally launched in May this year, PH-1 is Essential's first smartphone. Since the launch, Essential has delivered several software updates and improved the overall performance and reliability of the camera, but still, it's miles behind the competition. To be honest, the Essential PH-1 is a nice smartphone and it would be a shame for it not to have a successor at some point. The phone is now competing with the OnePlus 5 as a somewhat-affordable flagship phone with top tier specs, yet it has far superior hardware (titanium body).

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Prices of Android phones have been known to reduce gradually but this drop is seen as a sign that the phone isn't doing well in the market. Essential says to expect a code within a couple of weeks. The phone is powered by a 2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clubbed with Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB RAM. Meanwhile, the front camera is 8MP with f/2.20 aperture and fixed hyperfocal lens. This is awesome since $700 for a new phone was too high. The Essential PH-1 may not land in India anytime soon.

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