The Essential Phone is getting a headphone jack by way of a magnetic add-on

Andy Rubin's Essential Phone continues the trend of abandonment 3.5mm headphone jack, as it is apparently not an essential feature anymore. But puns aside, the jack is actually coming to the bezel-less phone in the form of a modular add-on! How exciting is that?

Okay, it won't actually be the jack by itself in some sort of a tiny, magnetic clip-on, it will instead be a part of a larger, dedicated hi-fi module for the phone, which could be a neat addition for audiophiles.

“We are working literally around the clock around the globe to get your awesome new things ready,” said the father of Android during a Reddit AMA. Another Essential employee further clarified during the AMA that ”our head of architecture is in Asia right now getting our high-end audio accessory super dialed. He graciously called me at 3AM today so we could talk about some specifics for our design.”

Let's hope that the hi-fi module doesn't get "super dialed" like the Essential Phone's camera, which by the way is going get fixed, Rubin claims. Supposedly. To some extent. By pushing out software updates... 

But back to the 3.5mm headphone jack, Rubin claims it was omitted from the Essential Phone to begin with, because it was "too big" and its inclusion would have resulted in a device with a "huge chin" and a "10 percent" decrease in battery life.

If you want to check out the entire AMA, follow the source link below.

source: Reddit via TheVerge

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1. mastachaz

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

stupid should be there in first place.

2. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

First they take the jack away then they try to monetise it selling us magnetic add on. You are comedian Andy.

3. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

yay a new way for companies to steal from the consumers

4. mobiledigger

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 24, 2015

And then people talk about iPhone dongles

5. urbanrunner

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 07, 2017

I actually own this phone and the 360 camera. LOVE IT.....i would rather have the wireless charging dock first. I don't use a headphone jack anymore. i use bluetooth 5.0! lol

9. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

You don't use BT 5.0 yet, simply because Android Oreo is the first one to support it. Even the Galaxy S8 can't use it yet. You will, once you get the update.

6. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

And it will mar the look of the phone... what's the appeal of this phone in that case? It's more of a half baked product for an pretty high price.

7. sun0066

Posts: 288; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Is it to difficult to make a hole in the phone to inset the headphones that are so convienent that does not need anything else why the companies try to make it complicated , becarse, that generate lot of profit : batteries , adapters , batteries charges , etc

8. gamehead unregistered

What's next? An extension for the usb?

10. Pabliell

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

The first Essential Phone is a complete failure to me. Since the companys name states it, the phone should have all the essential features of 2017 flagship. It doesn't. The use of titanium is a good thing, but the rest? Nope.

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