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It’s possible that Samsung’s next flagship won’t pack a 3.5mm audio jack

The Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung’s first smartphone to feature a USB Type-C port. It’s been so well-received that the firm is believed to make the push to integrate the connectivity in all of its future flagships. The main reason for this is power. Type-C enables devices to charge a lot faster and transfer data at a higher rate than its predecessor. However, a new specification could provide the it with an additional trick.

USB Type-C has today been granted its much-anticipated Android Device Class 3.0 specification by the USB Implementers Forum, giving manufacturers the technology they need to eliminate the aging 3.5mm jack from their devices without diminishing battery life. Removing the dedicated audio plug will also allow OEMs to create smartphones that are slimmer and have better water resistance capabilities.

It’s worth noting that there’s no guarantee that Samsung will remove the audio jack from its next flagship smartphone. However, it now has the technology its needs to do so, and with the slew of high-quality headphones making their way onto the market, it’s only a matter of a time before it bites the bullet. We just need to be ready to embrace the change; because where one goes, others will follow.

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louisliu324
louisliu324

Its fine as long as theres 2 USB C ports.

vbx
vbx

Why not just go with a smaller 2.5mm jack? The standard is 3.5 right?

shadow601
shadow601

i rather have a thicker phone with more battery life and a headphone jack. What is the use of having a phone that is so thin and have poorer battery life and no headphone jack?

warlockba
warlockba

They will for sure. Apple did it, so they have to “innovate” too … you don’t even need to be a psychic to have predicted this.
Bluetooth is worthless in terms of HiFi audio, so the other option will be some proprietary usb type-C standard (as there is no common adopted one).
I really wonder what still is in the phones nowadays (battery, soc, camera – that’s about it), and fear of what will be left tomorrow in them … good old Samsung devices … they were not overly beautifull … but man they could do a lot …

dswallow
dswallow

As long as it’s OK to have a bump for the camera, there is no valid excuse not to do the same for a 3.5mm headphone jack, if it should ever otherwise interfere with the very crazy need to be thin enough to hurt your hands while you hold the phone.

Technically, though, I can see physical ways to provide headphone jack compatibility needing only just over half the diameter of a 3.5mm jack — enough to grip around the plug so that it stays in position. It doesn’t need to be fully enclosed.

naranova7
naranova7

How innovative

Vibgyoar
Vibgyoar

They could leave out the battery too, that would make it even thinner. Because that’s what is important here – a thinner phone? So just ditch anything that gets in the way of that goal. Hey, it would have avoided the whole Note 7 recall as well – bonus!

parshakov
parshakov

Outdated tech, time to get rid of it.

rikardopimentel
rikardopimentel

I already use Samsung Level U as my primary headphones, but I also like having the 3.5 headphone jack, so please do not remove it.

sammay69
sammay69

no Samsung. just no dont even think about. removing the headphone jack. its just stupid

faridra
faridra

As a big fan of samsung, it is really disappointing… they can’t make a phone thinner than 3.5mm, and removing the jack is not a innovation!

j2001m
j2001m

As Samsung was last to move to USB type c I be thinking they be the last to remove this

tailgunner9
tailgunner9

Must keep up with Apple phones. Its enough that they now force the Edge screen on us without the jack.

MStuart
MStuart

If they get rid of the headphone jack, force the stupid curve down our throats, and keep crippling software features (like not allowing installation of custom fonts not blessed by them), I might as well get an iPhone once Apple switches to OLED.

If Samsung is going to become user-hostile and remove choice, I might as well reap the benefits and get decent after sales support.

strazzi
strazzi

1. AUX in cars is useless if they remove jack
2. All Bluetooth headphones are crap, even the expensive ones
3. alot accsesories use 3,5 jack
4. f… of samsung with this st… idea

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Until they make a Bluetooth device that lasts as long as a week, or find a better alternative for the current audio jack, they’re better off keeping it. The iPhone 7 sound quality was a downgrade, hence why they didn’t mention the removal of the audio jack as a good thing.

BobLewinsky
BobLewinsky

No Sammy, Don´t do it!!
Don´t follow apple into stupidland

SenorSjon
SenorSjon

Funny how some are belitteling other users about removable batteries, IR blasters and SD-cards, but when the 3,5mm jack goes, they are up in arms. 😉

I don’t see the point of removing it, but I don’t use it, so I won’t miss it. FM radio has been long gone unfortunately. Removing it probably means even thinner phones. I don’t mind a good solid phone with hefty battery and all the gadgets you can get. Making phones razor thin only gives usability problems.

MStuart
MStuart

Oh boy here we go.

iceguyver
iceguyver

I really hope that this is just a rumor and does become true! As having a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack is a good thing as it makes it easier to get headphones for your device.

thegeneral2010
thegeneral2010

Hahahahahaha

carlabisaab
carlabisaab

I never comment on any article but I will do this time. Samsung should not remove the audio jack before most headphones manufacturers move to USB-C (not happening before 3 years). It would be a huge mistake to follow Apple on this. We don’t want the phone to be slimmer; it’s already slim enough to look great and the size is perfect to hold the phone in our hands. Maybe in the coming years, the wireless charging technology will be much better/faster than now and all audio manufacturers will also move to 100% wireless audio connections so the cable connection… Read more »

s2insider
s2insider

It’s possible but not recommended. Don’t do it Samsung. Don’t follow the stupidity heat aftershock from iPhone 7. Sony phones still has the 3.5mm port and its water resistant capability is still intact without losing any quality. If it’s about the thickness, how slim you wanna phone to be, paper thin? No way, it’s better to have a smartphone thick like Note 7 & S7-S7 Edge with 3.5mm port. Unless in 2 or 3 years from now on if all headphones in the word are in USB-C or micro USB then we’ll talk. Not to mention the Sony 3.5mm port… Read more »

HFL087
HFL087

They wouldn’t do it. If they do. Sales would drop. And If they test it . Would be with midrange device. If it would be on s8 . Nex tag one would be pixel by Google. So they wouldnt

jordanww
jordanww

That’s fine I use wireless headphones anyway.

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