Tuesday, 18 September, 2018


Essential Phone's next module adds a 3.5mm headphone jack

Melba Vasquez | 08 June, 2018, 19:56

In a surprising turn of events, Essential today announced that it's adding MQA audio to the Essential Phone, as well as entering into a new partnership with Tidal. While Essential didn't go down that route with the PH-1, it's still quite annoying to know that the company is offering a feature that should have been on the device at launch, then making you pay for it.

Back at launch one of the more exciting aspects of the Essential Phone was its module function. The latest PH-1 software update enables support for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) lossless audio. Plus, with Click technology, you can charge your phone and listen to music simultaneously. According to Essential, this particular accessory will be the first to feature a high-resolution ESS Sabre DAC with hardware MQA rendering. This allows users to hear music the way the artist intended at the highest possible quality, all while keeping the file size to a minimum. As such, Essential teamed up with Tidal to offer PH-1 owners a free three-month subscription to Tidal's HiFi tier. Tidal has a library of more than 50,000 MQA-encoded tracks. First, it lets you use your favorite 3.5mm headphones with the Essential Phone without having to worry about a USB-C adapter. There's no pricing available for this just yet, and Essential simply says that it's coming "this summer".

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