Essential Phone will get two more magnetic accessories

The Essential Phone reviews are in and the consensus is that the handset is surprisingly well built and has an unmistakable premium feel. It also ships with an optional bundle with a 360-degree 4K camera that cleverly snaps to the phone via magnetic pins.

But did you know that Essential itself plans to make six such magnetic accessories and it has already revealed the next two that are under development: the first one is a gadget that can output high quality audio from the phone to a car stereo wirelessly, and the second one is what Andy Rubin, Essential founder, calls the world's smallest 3D laser scanner. The two new accessories were revealed in an interview with Rubin for Bloomberg.

It's not yet clear how you would use such a laser accessory, but Rubin has hinted it might have something to do with how self-driving cars use lasers to measure distance between objects.

Currently, Essential is already developing an inductive, wireless charging dock as an additional accessory, while the other two are in earlier development phases.

The Essential Phone is now available for pre-order via Best Buy and Sprint is the exclusive carrier for the phone in the United States.

source: Bloomberg

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. w1000i

Posts: 251; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

I want DAC that support MQA, then I will buy it

5. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Headphone jack was omitted so no buy.

2. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Where are all the reviews that are 'in'?

3. TeriusRose

Posts: 108; Member since: May 12, 2017


4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

This will score 8.5 / 10 higher than the U11.

6. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I got a bit excited when I saw high quality audio, then I read more and it said for the car. I'm thinking they would create a Hi-Fi DAC to solve the 3.5mm headset jack problem, since people say that's essential for them. However, they're making a semi-unessential choice in outputting that audio to a car's stereo system *face-palm*. I mean that's cool and all, but that's secondary compared to Hi-Fi/Hi quality audio to the actual phone. I really liked the idea an design of the Essential phone, but stepping into the 2nd half of this year, it doesn't measure up to competitor's upcoming releases this Fall.

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