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


Earlier this week Reddit hosted an AMA during which Andy Rubin and other Essential officials answered a series of questions asked by users from around the world.

However, Essential will be offering up a new high-end audio accessory for that magnetic connector that will bring the 3.5mm headphone port back to the mix. The Essential team revealed the news recently during a Reddit AMA today. The first one is a charging dock (which was teased during the phone's launch), while the second one will be a high-end audio add-on that will offer DAC support and 3.5mm headset jack. We studied it very seriously, but fitting a headphone jack into our Phone required tradeoffs we were uncomfortable with.

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.

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.

"That's the part we're not too happy about, but luckily it's software and we've already done a number of updates to the app to fix bug and add features". We decided it was more important to have a attractive full-screen display in a thin device with solid battery life. If Essential keeps its promise, the Essential Phone will be upgraded to the latest major version of the Android operating system before the year ends. So, it comes as no surprise that Essential also intends to roll out the Android 8.0 Oreo update for its Essential Phone.

And finally, the white ceramic Essential Phone "is coming" - likely a "few weeks" away - and is "build trials now".

The camera is arguably the handset's weakest spot, and it's good to see that Essential has acknowledged this.

As for the more interesting Ocean Depths and Stellar Gray color versions, you'll have to wait some more.