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Samsung could remove 3.5mm headphone jack with the Galaxy Note 10

The newest report from the Korean media could easily be filed under the “too early to be believable” rumor category, but when it’s a rumor about Samsung possibly removing the headphone jack from its phones, it sure grabs our attention. And it looks like the Galaxy Note 10 may be the first Samsung flagship to come without a headphone jack, according to some industry sources cited by ETNews.

Headphone jack finally on Samsung’s sacrificial altar?

There are no reasons cited for why Samsung will take this step, but the report does mention that the company could also wait till the Galaxy S11 before it bids goodbye to a traditional 3.5mm jack. It’s believed Samsung will offer a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm converter in the box, which won’t be surprising. Samsung has never shied away from offering the necessary connectors and converters right in the box. The company’s flagships come with a standard USB to USB Type-C converter for transferring data from other devices, and until recently, Samsung was also throwing in a microUSB to Type-C converter in all markets.

A converter won’t take the pain away of seeing the headphone jack disappear from Samsung phones, but it might soon become a necessity. Samsung has been packing its flagships with so much technology in recent years that it may soon run out of space for adding major features without substantially increasing a device’s dimensions. It would be sad to see the headphone jack being sacrificed as a result, but with the rest of the industry already moving towards wireless and USB Type-C audio solutions, the Korean giant may have to join the party at some point. Whether it will happen with the Galaxy Note 10 or later on remains to be seen.

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blucox
blucox

If Samsung wants to keep their fans, they should really listen to their suggestions too…
Keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, give a dedicated memory card slot and not the hybrid slot.
Don’t mess up the 10th-anniversary edition with hardware problems.

Maximus
Maximus

The screen without an ugly notch and a headphone jack is the things I am staying with Samsung. Remove a jack and I will move to something with better software (like pixel or oneplus). Certainly they should listen to customers and do not remove a 3.5 jack.

justinut0909
justinut0909

The headphone jack is one of the reasons I stay with Samsung. They should give customers more options when using their products

Biransahin
Biransahin

The jack wouldn’t disappear from Note10 without it disappearing from S10 first. If S10 keeps it, the Note will keep it, but we may be getting close to the time when Bluetooth sound quality will match wired. When that comes, which may be soon with the next Bluetooth version, it will be gone. However packing in other stuff isn’t an excuse to lose it. The Note has more packed in there than any other phone. There’s plenty of room for a jack. If they get rid of it, it’s only to save money. People are having big problems with the… Read more »

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Well, in this increasing competitive market is still one of Samsung’s selling points and that would be stupid.
Samsung would gain more by removing the need of releasing sooo many unnecessary phones a year and better tidy up its messy catalogue offering longer support for its devices than by removing the headphone jack.

martindale
martindale

A jack is just so much simpler and more reliable. Just plug it in – no faffing about. Bluetooth is fine for just your own primary listening, but anything else – connecting to a PA desk, a friend’s hifi system, the system in the classroom at school (or a workplace system), with a jack you know it will ‘just work’ with no drama, with wireless it’s always a drama and you are never sure if it will work.

Khlad
Khlad

Don’t really mind of they remove it,if just we get a wireless headphone or a adapter im fine with it.

SteveTud
SteveTud

Its the only reason i choose samshung , loose it and they loose me

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

I’m sure the absence of a notch and the headphone jack are the last things that keep ALOT of people from moving away from their overpriced flagships. If they want to shoot themselves on the foot then they are welcome to remove them. [Microphone drop]

mma173
mma173

I hope they will keep it and will not follow the others. I hope they would bring back the IR Blaster 😀

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

The Note has to keep the headphone jack, because its advertised as a powerhouse packed with all the features and more! They’ll keep AND gain many consumers if they retain the jack.

fcaroll
fcaroll

At least then put another type-C. Only one port is just ridiculous

GS7edge
GS7edge

3.5mm jack is Samsung’s flagship selling point since other OEMs already killed it. If Samsung really want to kill the 3.5mm jack please kill it in 2020. Let the S10 and Note10 be the last phones with 3.5mm jack.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Sad news but this will happen. If it makes the phone thinner or smaller then I would be happy with the trade off

n900mixalot
n900mixalot

Exactly. But then again, what about battery life? I don’t mind a thin phone, but if I have to compromise battery life AND a headphone jack … it gets ridiculous. There’s no reason we should be paying higher and higher prices for less hardware.

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

Let’s be real. This was going to happen sooner or later. At least now, we have a possible date.