The Essential Phone’s first new module since launch is a magnetic headphone jack


The Essential Cellphone is getting its first new attachment module since it launched virtually a yr in the past. And it’s a magnetic 3.5mm headphone jack dongle. Essential revealed it was engaged on this accent again in September.

The new attachment dongle — known as the Audio Adapter HD — is a part of a deal with music that Essential introduced as we speak, and along with offering the lacking 3.5mm headphone jack, it additionally comprises a high-resolution ESS Sabre DAC with an “audiophile-grade amp” that’s “crafted from machined titanium for distinctive sturdiness.” And, as Essential is very specific in stating, it additionally means which you can lastly cost your cellphone whereas listening to music on the similar time.

Additionally new on the Essential cellphone is assist for Tidal’s Grasp High quality Authenticated (MQA) lossless tracks, together with a new partnership with the music service the place Essential Cellphone homeowners will be capable of take heed to MQA tracks. Tidal is providing Essential Cellphone homeowners a three-month subscription of its Hello-Fi tier free of charge to check out the higher-resolution audio.

The magnetic attachment system was touted as a main function for the Essential Cellphone when it was first introduced in 2017, however except for the 360-degree digital camera attachment that the cellphone launched with, no different Click on attachments ever materialized. Till now, that is. The charging dock station for the cellphone that was unveiled alongside the 360 cam has but to ship.

There’s no phrase but as to how a lot the Audio Adapter HD will price, however Essential is promising a launch someday this summer season. The launch of any new {hardware} in any respect is one thing of a shock, on condition that experiences have been swirling final month that Essential had canceled its second cellphone and was exploring promoting the corporate.

Though, as my colleague Casey Newton identified, it makes a form of poetic sense that after cancelling the long run, Essential would embrace the previous.



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