Essential Phone To Get A Headphone Jack Accessory, Android Oreo Update

Essential Phone To Get A Headphone Jack Accessory, Android Oreo Update

They also revealed plans of launching two new accessories for the Essential Phone during the same session. Some companies, like Apple, are also trying to push consumers to start using wireless headphones.

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.

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. In regards to the audio jack accessory, this will reportedly be a high-end audio attachment for the phone that allows users to plug in headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack.

This new audio accessory would connect to the handset through the two magnetic pins on the back of the smartphone. "We are continuing to look at supporting ideas, like cameras", reads the Reddit post. Ultimately, Essential says it came down to keeping the device thin and stylish without compromising on the battery as these trade-offs weren't something the company was ok with. "We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with", Rubin added.

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The Essential Phone followed the trend started by Apple of ditching the headphone jack, with Essential VP of Design Dave Evans saying that if the device was created to include the port, there would likely be a huge bezel at the bottom and a reduction in the battery capacity by 10 percent, or a massive bump on where the headphone jack will be placed. We decided it was more important to have a attractive full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life.

A fan asked the question regarding the Android Oreo update and when it can be expected on the Essential Phone. 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.

One of these queries was regarding the Essential getting the Android 8.0 Oreo update.

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