Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Essential Phone gets new 3.5mm headphone jack module and MQA certification

Essential, along with its MQA audio announcement, has unveiled their first adapter since that original 360 camera.

Essential is giving new customers a gift, too.

Even though Essential might eventually be on the chopping block, you would not know it from the company's recent software updates.

Back at launch one of the more exciting aspects of the Essential Phone was its module function. And second, it'll let you charge your Essential Phone and listen to music simultaneously.

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As for partnership with TIDAL, Essential Phone users will get a three-month subscription of TIDAL HiFi for free. This allows users to hear music the way the artist intended at the highest possible quality, all while keeping the file size to a minimum.

The Android ecosystem has had an update problem ever since its inception, but things seem to be changing thanks to Project Treble. Typically, the HiFi tier sells for $19.99 each month. More importantly, Essential announced that all PH-1 owners will have access to thousands of MQA tracks on TIDAL.

In line with what it promised a year ago, Essential has announced its second PH-1 accessory - dubbed Audio Adapter HD - that's aimed at bringing the 3.5mm jack to the smartphone. It also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack for use with all headphones, sans USB-C adapter. It'll be available this summer and pricing details are still unknown. Still, new hardware is surprising for a company that is reportedly close to flat-lining.

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