Exclusive: Galaxy S8 is not going to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack

If you were cross with Samsung for ditching removable batteries with the Galaxy S6 then you might not like what it’s going to do with the Galaxy S8. We can exclusively confirm that Samsung is going to remove the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy S8. This means that all of your existing headphones will not be compatible with the upcoming flagship unless you use a USB Type-C adapter as the Galaxy S8 will feature a USB Type-C port. This also means that you won’t be able to plug in the Galaxy S8 and use wired headphones at the same time.

We’ve seen Apple take this step with the iPhone 7 as well as a handful of Chinese OEMs. Apple took a lot of flak for this decision but the company says that it showed courage by making this decision to move beyond the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. We don’t know how Samsung is going to put a spin on its decision since fans are likely to lash out but there are some functional advantages to it.

Removing the 3.5mm headphone jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space inside for a bigger battery. Samsung may also integrate stereo speakers which some believe will be made in collaboration with Harman, a company that Samsung is acquiring for $8 billion. Perhaps the company will try to convince customers that this is a trade worth making.

Samsung is going to officially unveil the Galaxy S8 in February next year at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It’s not going to confirm anything about the device before the event so it’s likely that the company might still have some surprises for fans up its sleeve.

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oggi21
16 days 8 hours ago

Thanks God Nokia is back to game

tiborh
23 days 9 hours ago

THAN if this case will happen, I will not buy such a product like that. this is simple

Jamie Stone
1 month 8 days ago

No headphone jack: Bigger battery
No wired headphones: Bluetooth headphones
Bluetooth headphones: Less battery life.

Honestly, all logic is flawed here. Bluetooth takes up more battery so there is no point taking it away for battery purposes.

Jamie Stone
1 month 8 days ago

Source? None. Give me proof that this is going to happen before spreading this false information all over the internet and literally sparking a nest for apple fans.

LIVEFRMNYC
1 month 9 days ago

If this rumor is true, at least a USB-C adapter/dongle will be more common.

faridra
1 month 9 days ago

I don’t need thinner phone. I don’t want to exchange extra 400-500 mAh useless battery life to a 3.5 mm audio jack
what will it change to my daily charging ? are you gonna make it last 1 day more or 2-3 hours ?
Samsung fans will stay with Samsung, no matter what battery will be…if you are doing bigger batteries for other customers to move Samsung, they won’t tell each other “Oh my God it has bigger battery” !!! they will say “It DOESN’T HAVE 3.5mm jack”
i’m pretty sure if you guys remove audio jack from S8, you will bring it back on S9 and name it as an innovation… just like what you did on S6

Qreaux
1 month 9 days ago

I’ll never understand the obsession with making phones thinner… My S7 Edge is already too thin without a case personally, so anything thinner… I don’t think I can do it.

killabling
1 month 9 days ago

They say they have a corporate culture but they do like Apple…S7 edge last samsung for Me…
f#ù$$* sheep

p.s:sorry for my english

sgs2aus
1 month 9 days ago

Can you guys put up a voting page on this and send the results to Samsung.

sgs2aus
1 month 9 days ago

What a bunch of absolute retards if they do this!

ueuser
1 month 9 days ago

If they do so – im not interested in that phone, hope more people will do the same. Actually I chose S7 edge over Iphone 7 due to audio jack.

ChodaBoy
1 month 9 days ago

“Removing the 3.5mm headphone jack enables Samsung to make the Galaxy S8 thinner while also freeing up more space inside for a bigger battery.”

I have NEVER heard a customer ask for a thinner phone. They are already too thin for some people. Removing the 3.5mm headset jack would be a huge mistake, especially with the loyal-but-already-tired-of-losing-features customers.

Jamie Stone
1 month 8 days ago

Do not worry. This news article is completely false. They have no source or quotes.

SAMgalaxyXXX
1 month 9 days ago

Ha if Samsung did this it would indeed be even more corageous than Apple (and also more stupid). It’s even a bigger gamble because firstly it doesn’t have the same loyal fan base,  secondly it’s not in a position to upset the remaining loyal customers given the debacle of the Note 7.
This is Samsung’s “reliable and efficient” market research, the same that told them that dropping micro SD card and water resistance for the S6 was a good idea. The same that keeps telling them that releasing 15-20 unnecessary versions of mid-low range phones every year to stay competitive is a good idea.
Though it’s just a rumour I wouldn’t be surprised they go down that road.

warlockba
1 month 9 days ago

This was predictable … Apple did it, so Samsung has to innovate too … yey!

Curved display is also so last year, next year please make the phone spherical, just like the Gear 360 – build the 3D camera in, and remove every other connectivity possibility. That way, you can use the phone as a Gear VR, or hey, even as a magic ball!

Worst case of stupid engineering, why change a running system … something which was already proven, can be kept. But yeah, this was foreseeable, since they removed most of the features from their phones anyhow. Note 4 was my last Samsung – I need it for what it can do, and not for what it does look like; and since the Note series is already dead, there is no reason to not go to any other random manufacturer – there are plenty of choices out there already, even at cheaper prices.

So long Samsung, it has been a nice 6 year run!

Jamie Stone
1 month 8 days ago

Noone from Samsung has even confirmed this article as true.

samiyas
1 month 9 days ago

Oh No, I thought the S8 will be a no brainer I have to think twice if that’s true

Vibgyoar
1 month 9 days ago

Classic case of form over function.

If the phone was actually thin and flexible like a credit card and I could slip it in my wallet, then I could see a benefit to the cult of “ever thinner”, and losing the jack would be a price worth paying. Until that day.

istoff
1 month 10 days ago

After I posted about the LG V20 I realised I was tired of waiting. I went out and got it. Awesome phone.

tiagooliveira95
1 month 10 days ago

At first io was like, YHE AWESOME, im going to buy this phone…. but now… no thanks samsung

ZloyKrys
1 month 10 days ago

As a company Samsung is free to do whatever they want. They’ve made too many mistakes recently starting from the horrible Note 5 and S6, exploding Note 7 and now copying the Apple’s lame move with the headphone jack. Fair enough. As a customer, though, I reckon, if this rumour turns out to be true, I would buy something else. No, really, I need to replace my Note 4 with something so I’d not buy a phone with sealed battery and without headphone jack. Clearly the people who decide that you don’t need to charge your phone and listen to music don’t do much of travel. Android sucks in battery life, so it has to be charged constantly. Bluetooth headphones such as Bose QC-35 have sealed battery which cannot be replaced. If you need to travel from, say Australia or New Zealand to US or Europe, you’d need to charge either phone or the headphones halfway through. Currently I’m carrying Bose QC25, two spare AAA batteries and Note 4 with a USB cable which allows me to charge the phone onboard plus a spare battery if the aircraft is too old and does not provide USB outlets or power sockets.

I would love to hear how Samsung is going to sell the idea of a phone without 3.5mm jack to frequent travellers, Bose has already failed to sell me the QC35, they just unusable in long flights. If it’s now Samsung turn to fail, I’m okay to give my business to their competition.

chanchan05
1 month 9 days ago

To be told, Samsung IS interested also in selling you their wirelessly charging battery pack case for the S7E with pass through charging (You can use it to charge the phone while it’s plugged to the wall), so they have an argument against charging and listening at the same time. It’s like a Moto Mod battery pack with combined extra charging port!

But seriously though, I just might jump to LG or Huawei if they remove the headset jack on the S8 and not return it on the S9 (I’m skipping the S8).

DareDevil01
1 month 9 days ago

Still plenty of great phone manufacturers. However I don’t completely agree with your point about Android battery life. The battery life on my Galaxy S7e is fantastic!

ZloyKrys
1 month 9 days ago

My wife got the S7 and it’s okay, enough to get through a day but won’t cut it for a transcontinental flight. Sometimes you’d get an old 747 with no USB or power outlet and the only thing you can rely on is a power bank, because the battery cannot be replaced.

penguino
1 month 10 days ago

Bad move Samsung, don’t do it! You were supposed to be the opposite to Apple’s limited devices. You don’t have iSheep that will buy everything. If it’s true you’ll loose a lot of customers, including me.

khsharpe
1 month 10 days ago

before we all get seriously pissed off with Samsung we need to remember that this is just rumour, it’s not yet fact. And even if they do do away with the standard headphone jack, i vaguely remember one of my previous Galaxy headsets had a proprietary Samsung hybrid HDMI (was it?) / headphone jack. I think it was my S2? Though it might have been the Note 3? I’m guessing and hoping that this is what Samsung will offer us?

penguino
1 month 10 days ago

It would make no sense to offer some more expensive custom hybrid slot instead of a regular minijack that all headphones have.

inphamus114
1 month 10 days ago

Ok and if the s8 does the same what ya gonna do…jump to apple?? Nope cuz they did the same thing so ya basically fucked with options unless ur gonna go to shitty ass LG phones or chinese phones like honor 8

ZloyKrys
1 month 9 days ago

There is still HTC, Huawei and others, specifically LG which still produces flagship phones with replaceable batteries.

DareDevil01
1 month 9 days ago

There is still Huawei P9, HTC 10/11, LG G6 etc.

penguino
1 month 10 days ago

Or HTC with fantastic audio.

rcino
1 month 10 days ago

Won’t be buying the S8 if this rumour is true.

penguino
1 month 10 days ago

Amen to that.

dajtw
1 month 10 days ago

If it comes, I will simply skip it as well until they see the error of their ways as with the ditching of the memory card in the S6.

colliderz
1 month 10 days ago

If Samsung is stupid enough to remove the jack they will be screwed. Mark my words again… It would be over n out for Samsung after Note 7 fiasco.

 
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