Essential Phone Halo Gray Variant With Amazon Alexa Launched

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Essential has released Halo Gray color variant of the flagship Essential Phone. Previously, the handset was launched in Copper Black, Ocean Depths, and Stellar Gray color variants. The main highlight of the Halo Gray color option is the integration of Amazon Alexa voice assistant. An interesting point to note is that the Essential had slashed the price of the Halo Gray with Amazon Alexa and is priced at $449.99.

The company took to Twitter and shared the information about the launch of the Halo Gray color option with Amazon Alexa. This is the first smartphone from Essential to ship with Alexa assistant. The company revealed that the new Halo Gray color variant of the Essential phone will be available for pre-order from Amazon starting February 17. The device will ship from February 21.

The Essential Phone is equipped with a 5.7-inch QHD display with 19:10 aspect ratio. Moreover, the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Under the hood, the Essential Phone features a Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 graphics, 4GB RAM coupled with 128GB internal storage.

The rear side offers a dual camera mechanism comprising of 13MP sensors (RGB and monochrome) with support for PDAF, hybrid autofocus including 4K video support. On the front, you will find an 8MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and 4K video support.

A powerful 3040mAh battery supplies adequate power for the device. The advantage of the Essential Phone is that the device is designed using modular style to enable you to connect the 360-degree camera. The phone also includes support for all major connectivity features.

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According to estimates, the company had sold nearly 90000 units of the Essential Phone PH-1 ever since the launch six months back. Essential faced several problems after the launch including the resignation of top-level management staff. The delayed shipments for customers who had pre-ordered the phone caused anger among the community. However, the company was in constant touch with the customers via social media platforms and garnered support.

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