Have you been itching to get your hands on a new smartphone, but you're having a hard time justifying spending nearly $1,000 (or more) for a prevailing flagship? Have you been thinking about the Essential Phone but didn't think it was worth its original asking price? You're in luck, because the Essential Phone has now been discounted to its lowest price ever at just $450.

As you might recall, if you were to have pre-ordered the Essential Phone last fall, you would have paid $700 for the privilege. This was essentially (sorry, not sorry) the first Android phone to embrace the notch and it did so before the iPhone X was even a thing.

A quick rundown of the Essential PH-1 specs reveals top-caliber highlights like the edge-to-edge 5.71-inch display (1312 x 2560 pixels), Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, 3,040mAh battery, upgradeable to Android 8.1 Oreo, the world's thinnest dual camera system (21MP, improved since launch), 8MP selfie camera, and USB-C connectivity.

Up in Canada, the Essential Phone is available at Telus Mobility for $460 Canadian with no term (which works out to about $355 US with today's exchange rate). That's cheaper than the Amazon price, but if you're in the States, you'd have to come up to Canada to get it. And while the Telus people may try to wrangle you into signing up for service, several people have reported success with just walking into a Telus store and picking up the Essential Phone without service. Your mileage may vary.

In any case, the Essential Phone is up on Amazon in your choice of Pure White (as shown), Black Moon, or the Amazon-exclusive Halo Grey. From what I can see, all three colors are in currently in stock for $449.99 each, including a set of free earphones. And you can throw in the 360 degree camera for about $55 more to go with any of the three colors, bringing your purchase price up to $505.50.

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