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The PH-1 is quickly becoming an Essential buy as it gets yet another price slash

The Essential PH-1 in all its glory. (Source: Digital Trends)
The Essential PH-1 in all its glory. (Source: Digital Trends)
Best Buy has put up the Essential PH-1 for sale at a bargain price of $449, $250 down from its launch price tag. The phone may have its issues but there aren't a lot of better devices for that price.
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The Essential PH-1 was released a few months ago to quite the ruckus, with issues plaguing the phone even before it was launched, effectively setting a path that the Andy Rubin brainchild would follow. The device saw a US$200 price slash about two weeks ago and has seen yet another one, with Best Buy offering the device right now for US$449, a whopping US$250 drop from its launch price.

The Essential PH-1 isn't by any means a bad device—it's more of disappointing, really, as issues like its sub-par camera and lack of a headphone jack make it an unattractive prospect to the target demographic it was most likely to appeal to, originally (power users and enthusiasts). In spite of this, however, US$450 for a flagship with near-stock Android, high-end hardware, a premium build, and arguably the best design in the market today is a pretty hard deal to pass up on. At that price point, the only options are Xiaomi's offerings or last-gen flagships.

Users are mostly concerned about the company's future, as they believe the PH-1's commercial failure may lead to Essential's demise, which in turn would leave owners of the PH-1 with devices without any chances of getting updates or customer support. It's a possibility, yes, but not one with much chance of happening. Essential are reportedly already working on the PH-2, so it looks like they're here to stay. For now, at least.

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Ricci Rox
Ricci Rox - Senior Tech Writer - 1882 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I like tech, simple as. Half the time, you can catch me writing snarky sales copy. The rest of the time, I'm either keeping readers abreast with the latest happenings in the mobile tech world or watching football. I worked as both a journo and freelance content writer for a couple of years before joining the Notebookcheck team in 2017. Feel free to shoot me some questions on Twitter or Reddit if it so tickles thine fancy.
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Ricci Rox, 2017-11- 5 (Update: 2017-11- 5)