Essential Phone is finally ready to upgrade to Android 8.1 Oreo, according to what is stated by Essential official social. The company announced its intention to bypass the 8.0 distribution altogether to focus on the release of Android 8.1 Oreo and, after about a month of beta, today the update is available to all users.
The new update is also available for users who have taken part in the beta program, for which the weight of the update will be just 275MB, while all those who use Essential Phone in a stable version will have to face a much more substantial download, equal at 1015MB.
In addition to the classic new features introduced by this version. Essential introduced March security patches, dynamic calendar and clock icons, and an apparent fix for the slow scrolling jitter. The update is already available and the build number is OPM1.180104.
Essential Phone is now available on Amazon.com with a discounted price of $499.99, which is $199.01 less compared to its launch price of $699.99.
The highlight of the handset is its modularity feature that allows you to attach a 360-degree camera that can be clipped on the device thanks to the magnetic connector. The 360-degree camera capable of shooting UHD (3840 x 1920) video at 30fps. It has a 5.7-inch edge-to-edge display with QHD (2560 x 1312 pixels) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45GHz paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of native storage.