Important has been almost radio silent since reviews surfaced late final month that Andy Rubin was searching for a purchaser for his startup. The corporate didn’t actually affirm or deny the rumors — or say a lot else for that matter. Just a few weeks later, the corporate does have some information — but it surely’s not what you had been almost definitely anticipating.
The startup simply dropped the second modular accent for its first smartphone. The Audio Adapter HD contains a built-in amp and the flexibility to play again MQA (Grasp High quality Authenticated), a hi-res streaming audio know-how. Oh, and there’s a three.5mm audio jack, as a result of all the pieces that’s outdated is new once more.
The brand new add-on is about to drop in some unspecified time in the future this summer time. The corporate has additionally teamed up with Tidal. The streaming service has additionally reportedly had some problems with late, although, for its half, the corporate did supply a extra outright denial. The partnership provides new and current Important clients a three-month trial subscription of Tidal’s HiFi service — a style of what they’ve been lacking with their low bit charges.
The corporate has declined to offer pricing for the add-on. Its first mod, the 360-degree digicam, retailed for $200 at launch, although that worth has since dropped significantly on retailers like Amazon — very like the Important telephone itself. As with the digicam, the Audio Adapter HD appears like a distinct segment, in comparison with mods from Motorola, which embody issues like battery packs and audio system.
On the very least, nonetheless, it does present that there’s nonetheless some life left within the Important line.