+ Thursday August 22nd, 2019

Andy Rubin’s phone and smart home company may have cancelled their second handset, and possibly be on the market but they expanded their range of modular attatchments for the 1st gen PH1 phone this week with a magnetic 3.5mm headphone jack dongle.

Arriving later this year the dongle includes a built-in high-resolution ESS Sabre DAC, an audiophile-grade amp and is ‘crafted from machined titanium for exceptional durability’. The dongle allows Essential phone owners to charge their phone and listen to music through a headphone jack.

The dongle is certified for Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) format which is handy as Essential has parntered with music streaming service Tidal for the launch. Anyone purchasing the dongle will receive a three-month subscription to the Tidal Hi-Fi tier – normally worth AUD$23.99 a month.

There’s no pricing available for the dongle, but given its construction it’s sure to come at a pretty high cost. Essential is now shipping the phone to Australia, so we should be able to get the dongle delivered here when it becomes available.

Daniel Tyson  


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Hey Dan, when did Essential start shipping to Australia? I went to their website but I couldn’t find Australia on the list for countries they ship to

Kevin Mak
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Dan, there may be fine print about the free tidal sub. I read that the free sub only applies to ph-1 owners where the phone is officially sold on their website. Which means Aussies need not apply

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