Crucial has been virtually radio silent because stories surfaced late previous thirty day period that Andy Rubin was wanting for a customer for his components startup. The enterprise didn’t actually confirm or deny the rumors — or say substantially else for that subject. A couple weeks later on, the enterprise does have some news — but it is not what you ended up most probable expecting.
The startup just dropped the next modular accessory for its 1st smartphone. The Audio Adapter High definition features a crafted-in amp and the means to play back again MQA (Master High-quality Authenticated), a hi-res streaming audio know-how. Oh, and there is a three.5mm audio jack, since anything that’s aged is new yet again.
The new increase-on is established to drop at some place this summertime. The enterprise has also teamed up with Tidal. The streaming provider has also reportedly had some concerns of late, although, for its aspect, the enterprise did offer you a additional outright denial. The partnership offers new and current Crucial clients a a few-thirty day period trial membership of Tidal’s HiFi provider — a style of what they’ve been missing with their reduced little bit costs.
The enterprise has declined to deliver pricing for the increase-on. Its 1st mod, the 360-diploma camera, retailed for $two hundred at launch, although that cost has because dropped substantially on suppliers like Amazon — substantially like the Crucial cellphone itself. As with the camera, the Audio Adapter High definition feels like a specialized niche, in contrast to mods from Motorola, which include things like factors like battery packs and speakers.
At the really minimum, however, it does clearly show that there is nevertheless some lifetime left in the Crucial line.