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Galaxy A80 is the latest Samsung device to ditch the headphone jack

Ever since Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack, many Android manufacturers have gained the unnecessary “courage” to do the same. Samsung is one of the last major brands to stick with the jack, even proudly flaunting it during product announcements. Even the Korean tech giant doesn’t have a perfect record here as it has launched few devices without a headphone jack in recent times.

The Galaxy A80 is the latest Samsung device to ditch the legacy audio jack. It joins the likes of the Galaxy Fold, Galaxy A8s, Tab S5e, and other Samsung devices in doing so. Though the company has not officially confirmed the reason behind the removal of the jack on the A80, it most probably has to do with the space constraints imposed by the new sliding design.

To be fair, unlike most other manufacturers, the Korean company has been skipping the jack only when the device’s design and dimensions necessitate it. The fact that the company chose to retain it on its flagship Galaxy S10 series is a testament to this strategy. However, as the company tries to experiment with new designs and form factors, the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack on Samsung devices is bound to become increasingly common than many of its fans would like.

  • Model: SM-A805F
  • Dimensions: 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm
  • Display: 6.7"(170.2mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • Camera: 48 MP, CMOS F2.0, 8MP, CMOS F2.2, 3D Depth

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locarno
locarno

“skipping the jack only when the device’s design and dimensions necessitate it.”

This is not true.

Galaxy A8s have space for jack.

locarno
locarno

“than many of its fans would like.”

But Samsung fans want headphone jack.

locarno
locarno

“and other Samsung devices in doing so”

What devices ?

chickiesmp
chickiesmp

BRING BACK OUR JACKS AND BAZZLES. WE JUST NEED BETTER SCREENS AND PICTURES. YOU HAVE THE WORST SCREENS AND BATTERIES ON THE MARKET YET WANT TO FOLLOW TRENDS

Erupt
Erupt

A preposterous idea: release flagship model w/o front camera/s, keep the headphone jack and bring back removable battery. I’ll be happy with the IP rating of S5. That’s it. You can sell it as a grandiose return to user friendly phones 😉 Otherwise you’re just fallowing Huawei, Apple etc., and it seems to me that soon you’ll be playing the catching up game… In some departments you and Apple already are.

utvic99
utvic99

Better: keep the front cameras but also bring back the design of the S7, we’re better off with uninterrupted display with relatively big bezels than those fake ugly “fullscreen” solutions (excluding sliders and motorized parts though their durability is questionable, and also second screen solutions though that could also be risky since you can’t have a case on it if you want to use the rear camera as selfie) anyway.

JazzyJayBEE
JazzyJayBEE

This is not a good move by Samsung. I’m already not getting the Galaxy Fold because of it not having a headphone jack and SD card slot. If they do the same with the Note 10. I’ll keep my Note 9 until its proverbial wheels fall off.

Adnan F.
Adnan F.

I think there’s a reason why they’re not removing these things on phones that are the company’s bread and butter. But they’re taking the market’s pulse by slowing taking away these things on other devices.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

That could be the case but at the time Samsung is facing a very tough competition especially in the mid range sector, wouldn’t make more sense to come with everything you’ve got? The headphone jack is Samsung’s one of its best selling points even if it is just for marketing purposes. This phone would have easily sat at the top of the mid range competition with the headphone jack, hands down. I really like this phone. I find the rotating mechanism to be cool and genius. However, after comparing it to the A70 I’m thinking that the A70 might actually… Read more »

FARSTRIDER
FARSTRIDER

Lol I want a real life scroll which means time for holographic displays

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

Another unnecessary and disappointing move from Samsung. It would have been more complete and appealing with the headphone jack. What a shame!!

kaoniao
kaoniao

no earphone jack ….. no consideration at all ….. Bluetooth consume lots of battery on phone and also need to charge the Bluetooth earphone & Bluetooth earphone sound quality is just not as good unless those high end and those cost a lot. using USB C for earphone no go as well coz I just broke a USB C connector recently when it fell from the bed – earphone jack with never have this issue coz the jack is plug all the way inside and also one need to be careful when using USB C for earphone function coz fear… Read more »

djcbs
djcbs

Now that they ruined their software by not only blocking rootless Substratum but also by making rooting the phone a nightmare, Samsung has ZERO going for them in my book.

If they remove the headphone jack, it’ll now be pretty darn easy for me to ditch their phones for Huawei or literally anyone else.

And like me, I’m pretty sure many others.

utvic99
utvic99

It’s not because of the design. Samsung are testing their customers to see whether they accept the jack removal, especially now that every other company completely abandoned it.
If it works, they’ll get rid of it entirely for the Note 10 and all future phones, as well as the microSD slot.
They’ll literally throw themselves from the Empire State Building if they remove those two of the only few things that are still good on their phones

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