Due to the shift seen in smartphone trend recently a lot of things have started to change. Which mainly includes the display technology. Where smartphones are equipped with big displays with no visible bezels on the side of the smartphone. The recently launched Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a great example of it. But while these new big displays is a great addition to see, something as courageous as the removal of the 3.5mm jack wasn’t very well received.
Apple was one of the first big companies who went with the decision of removing such an essential hardware. While other companies soon stepped forward in the same direction, including Andrew Rubin’s new Essential Phone. Which being Essential does skip on providing a headphone jack on it. But unlike other smartphone manufacturers, Andrew Rubin is listening to his customer’s feedback. As Essential have now decided to launch a high end audio related accessory for their smartphone.
According to Essential they are working on a bunch of new accessories. Which includes a charging dock, a camera accessory and an accessory that will have support for a 3.5mm jack with high end audio. Well Essential Phone does provide a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack in the box to begin with. Which should take care of high end audio by its self. So for now we are not sure what Essential means by high end audio on this new accessory.
The Essential team also provided a reason for why they didn’t include a headphone jack saying ” headphone jacks are pretty big components and they don’t play nice with all-screen Phone architectures. We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required trade-offs we were uncomfortable with. We’d have grow a huge “chin” in the display and reduce the battery capacity by 10%, or we’d need a huge headphone bump! We decided it was more important to have a beautiful full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life.’’
There is no release date for the high end audio accessory yet, but prototypes are been tested. So do expect to it get announced at the end of this year.