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Essential Phone now MQA-certified, launches hi-def audio adapter

by Brandon Russell | June 7, 2018June 7, 2018 2:30 pm PDT

Essential on Thursday announced a trio of updates aimed at improving the Essential Phone’s audio experience. In addition to a new Audio Adapter HD, Essential said it’s rolling out a software update that will make its smartphone MQA-certified.

Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) uses proprietary technology to provide users with a lossless audio experience in a smaller size.

“You hear the richness and depth of every guitar string; every delicate vocal nuance; every piercing vibrato from a horn; and everything else the artist created without losing a single thing,” Essential said. “And all without sacrificing your device’s storage or cellular data.”

As part of the software update, Essential is offering Essential Phone owners a three-month subscription to Tidal HiFi, where users can access thousands of MQA tracks. The promotion is only open to new Tidal subscribers.

To cap off the Essential Phone’s reinvention as an audio device, the company also revealed a new hi-def audio adapter, which is set to drop later this summer. The accessory will connect to the ports on the back of the Essential Phone and provide users with full MQA rendering and an “audiophile-grade amp.”

Best of all, the adapter adds a 3.5mm audio jack to the device, allowing owners to easily connect wired headphones. Essential didn’t say how much the adapter would cost.

Although the Essential Phone is quickly approaching its one-year anniversary, the device is still among the best Android devices available. Not only does it offer a sleek design, but it’s regularly updated, offering owners the most up-to-date software experience.

You can purchase the Essential Phone from Amazon for $499.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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