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Essential Oreo beta release makes it even more tantalizing

Essential has made its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta available for its PH-1. (Source: Essential)
Essential has made its first Android 8.0 Oreo beta available for its PH-1. (Source: Essential)
Essential has just released the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for its Essential Phone PH-1. The device is one of just a handful of current flagship Android devices to have received any indication that the latest software from Google is about to hit it.
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The Essential Phone PH-1 seems to be becoming more essential with each passing day. Not only has it received a price cut of US$200, bringing it down to just US$499, it has also recently received unofficial support for LineageOS. Making it even tastier still, Essential has just posted the first Android 8.0 Oreo beta for the device making it available to anyone with the know how to manually install it.

Andy Rubin’s startup Essential has had a rocky start, with its flagship smartphone missing repeated launches and then shipping with dodgy camera software. It received mixed reviews and also has little brand awareness among the general public. Although it did get some mainstream press thanks to Rubin’s involvement with the company, it hasn’t had the financial or marketing capacity of the undisputed king of the Android market, Samsung.

With Android 8.0 Oreo now available for the Essential Phone, it will be among the first flagship devices to get an update to Google’s latest and greatest operating system. For a device made from a combination of ceramic, titanium and glass, powered by a Snapdragon 835 with a nearly bezel-less display, there aren’t too many devices that come close to it for the money. Tempting, so very tempting.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1254 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2017-11-15 (Update: 2017-11-15)