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Essential Phone High-End Modular Accessory Will Revive Beloved 3.5mm Audio Jack

17 September 2017, 05:08 | Jodi Jackson

Essential Phone Now Available in Sprint Stores

Essential Phone arrives in Sprint retail stores tomorrow

The Essential PH-1 smartphone was showcased in May by the company founder and CEO, Andy Rubin. We can also expect the charging dock to be released before the high-end audio device. The company revealed that the Essential Phone will be getting a 3.5mm headphone jack accessory and that it will receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update soon.

The company has confirmed it is actively developing a high-end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack - something it didn't include on the Essential Phone at launch.

While plenty of smartphone features have been sunsetted on the way to thinner profiles and sexier bezels, none have garnered the ire of consumers quite as much as the removal of the aged and distinguished 3.5mm headphone jacks.

We are under development on a number of Click Connector accessories.

The company explained that headphone jacks are "pretty big components" and that they aren't really great for the smartphones with an all-screen design. "We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with", Rubin added. Essential also says camera improvements are on the way too, and it hasn't forgotten about the white model of the phone, mentioning that "it's coming" and stating that retail units should begin shipping in the next few weeks. We decided it was more important to have a handsome full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life.

The Essential PH-1 (phone) uses magnetic pins on the back that allow it to snap on accessories such as this 360-degree camera. It looks like users will have to wait a little bit longer before a more refined solution is provided by Essential.

A fan asked the question regarding the Android Oreo update and when it can be expected on the Essential Phone. So, it comes as no surprise that Essential also intends to roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its Essential Phone. The Essential PH-1 needs this for anyone who wants to plug in a standard pair of headphones as the phone doesn't ship with a standard audio port.

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