Essential PH-1 To Get 3.5mm Port Accessory & Oreo Soon

Essential PH-1 To Get 3.5mm Port Accessory & Oreo Soon

One of the coolest things about the Essential Phone from Andy Rubin and crew is that it has a slick magnetic accessory connector that allows you to expand the capabilities of the device as accessories are launched.

The unlocked model of the Essential Phone sells for $700, while at Sprint users can choose between buying the device for that same price, or choose to lease one for $29.17 a month over 18 months, with the option to pay the remaining purchase amount to own the phone after the lease period ends.

Another interesting detail revealed during the AMA is that Essential is prepping two new modular accessories for the smartphone due to be released in the upcoming months.

The Essential Phone recently received its first production software update, but that was still based on Android Nougat. We are continuing to look at supporting ideas, like cameras. The company said during the Reddit AMA that the Essential Phone charging dock will be "out shortly".

Essential also explained the reasoning behind the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack even when some users still considered it an "essential" feature.

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When asked about the reason to leave the 3.5mm port out of the device's list of specifications, Essential responded by saying that adding the jack meant they would have to make some trade-offs, such as reducing the battery by ten percent or taking away from the style of the full-screen display. We'd have grow a huge "chin" in the display and reduce the battery capacity by 10 person, or we'd need a huge headphone bump! Then we made sure we to build ya'll a high-quality DAC in a tiny adapter that can elegantly live on your headphones.

The Essential Phone already ships with the USB-C to 3.5mm headphone port adapter in the box so users can continue using their regular wired audio accessories.

Sprint stores opened up preorders for the Essential PH-1 last month. So, it comes as no surprise that Essential also intends to roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its Essential Phone.

The team dug deep into some more of the reasoning behind getting rid of the jack in the first place.