Audio Adapter HD module puts the audio jack back in the Essential Phone

It is an interesting world we live in. Here’s an example of why it is. The Essential PH-1 was launched without the much-loved 3.5mm audio jack. You know, because it is cool these days to leave out the audio jack. One cool thing about Essential phone is how it is designed to allow you add functionality to it via the use of modules. We have seen the 360 camera module, and now, Essential has announced a magnetic headset module called Audio Adapter HD.

Yes; you can now use a 3.5mm audio headset with your Essential phone, but you have to buy a headset and buy the module too.

You have to give it to the guys at Essential. First they sell you the phone at a premium price, then they sell you the module to add a feature they deliberately left out in the first place. One won’t be surprised to find that there’s an audio headset lurking around in the corner for sale as well.

“Let us just milk those suckers for everything”, someone must have said at a private meeting at Essential HQ.

Will The Audio Adapter HD Module Help?

The Essential PH-1 isn’t selling like that. IDC reported that in 2017, the company shipped less than 90,000 units of the phone. That was six months after launch.

Essential PH-1 sales in 2017

So yes, sales have been poor. The Audio Adapter HD should help the cash flow; right?

Wrong. If a phone isn’t selling enough, how many people are going to buy the modules? Remember that just recently, the company said they were shopping for funds, with the possibility of a sale not out of the picture?

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How many Audio Adapter HD units does Essential have to sell for it to make business sense? How many Essential phone users will buy one?

Want to take a guess? Let me help you: not enough. If the main device isn’t selling, an accessory is money down the drain.

Anyway, welcome to 2018, where manufacturers remove a popular feature from a smartphone and then sell an accessory to put it right back in. Hello, suckers!

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

One thought on “Audio Adapter HD module puts the audio jack back in the Essential Phone

  • June 11, 2018 at 11:03 am
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    The DAC in the adapter is said to be more capable than regular smartphone DACs. So, maybeeee it’s worth it?

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