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Essential's PH-1 smartphone will now work on Verizon

17 September 2017, 05:10 | Marlene Myers

Essential Phone is getting a 'high-end' audio accessory with a headphone jack

Essential Phone goes on sale in Sprint stores September 14th

Rubin went through a round of questions in a Reddit Ask-Me-Anything, mostly pertaining to the Essential Phone, and these two tidbits of information are just some of the many insights that the Android cofounder revealed for the device.

Firstly, the company announced that the charging dock for the phone, which was shown off during launch, would soon be made available in the market. We are also actively developing a high end audio accessory to support a 3.5mm jack.

However, unlike like most of the other devices that have ditched the headphone jack, the Essential's modularity is set to add the port back to the smartphone.

But Verizon, for some reason, said it couldn't guarantee that the Essential Phone would work and that the phone still had to clear a certification process. We are continuing to look at supporting ideas, like cameras.

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

"We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with", a company official explained. 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!

Now there is no release date for this particular Click Accessory from Essential. By the time you make all the payments, which are discounted for a limited amount of time, you will have coughed up a little over $260 less than if you bought the Essential Phone unlocked, the latter of which is a $700 endeavor. This might have been disappointing for those expecting Android Oreo straight out of the box, but at least they don't have to wait long for an upgrade.

As far as major UI promotions are concerned, Android 8.0 Oreo is already only two months or so away, and an open beta program is "on the list" of things under consideration. 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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