This is really.
I mean... I guess this is slightly better than a dongle that you'll lose? At least it's magnetic.
Oh, and Essential says it adds an audiophile-grade amp (and an ESS Sabre DAC) for fancy high-impedance headphones. So that's something.
Essential says it's shipping this summer, which is more evidence the company.
The company won't say how much it costs quite yet, though. Here's what Essential told me:
Here's the company's blog post about how the Essential Phone supports lossless "Master Quality Authenticated" audio now. The company is teaming up with Tidal to offer a free three-month subscription to Tidal HiFi so you owners can try it out.