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Galaxy Note 10 said to ditch the headphone jack and physical keys

Some new information has surfaced regarding Samsung’s upcoming flagship. It’s about the Galaxy Note 10 headphone jack, or lack thereof. The report claims that Samsung will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10. Not only that, it’s also said to ditch the physical buttons.

So if the information turns out to be accurate, the Galaxy Note 10 won’t have a headphone jack. It also won’t have buttons for power, volume and Bixby. Though I’m sure not a lot of people are going to miss that last one.

Don’t keep your fingers crossed for the Galaxy Note 10 headphone jack

Citing a source familiar with the company’s plans, Android Police reports that Samsung will likely not include a 3.5mm headphone jack with its next flagship smartphone. The company is perhaps the only major Android vendor still selling flagships with the jack. It’s not like Samsung is entirely opposed to the idea. There are a couple of recent mid-range handsets that don’t have it. The Galaxy Tab S5e doesn’t have one either. Let’s not forget that Samsung didn’t include a 3.5mm headphone jack with the Galaxy Fold as well.

It’s important to note (pun intended) here, though, that none of those devices would sell as many units as the company’s next Galaxy Note. Thus a lot more people will have an opinion about this move. You can already tell that it’s going to be polarizing. Samsung will get an earful from fans who have long appreciated its staunch support of the standard. The company could try to placate them by offering pre-order customers a free pair of Galaxy Buds. It already did that quite liberally with the Galaxy S10 so perhaps that was a glimpse of things to come?

As for the other buttons, the report mentions that there may not be any physical volume, power and Bixby buttons on the device. There may be prominent/raised capacitive or pressure-sensitive areas in their place to act as a sort of fake buttons. The scribe doesn’t know if Samsung intends to carry these changes over to the Galaxy S11 next year. It also backs up our recent confirmation that Samsung will be offering the Galaxy Note 10 in two different sizes.

Samsung could try to sell customers on these changes by arguing that this frees up additional space to make the device thinner and lighter. No headphone jack would particularly free up space for a larger battery. The idea of a slimmer Galaxy Note 10 with a 6.75-inch display and S Pen sans headphone jack and buttons may not seem that bad to them. Korean media has actually been talking about this possibility since about eight months ago.

Do keep in mind that this isn’t set in stone just yet. Even the site itself classifies its report as a rumor. It’s possible that this information may be based on a prototype of the Galaxy Note 10 that may or may not end up being the final version. We’ve been hearing about Samsung dropping the headphone jack on a flagship phone for years now. It’s yet to happen but I think it’s about time we start contemplating the inevitability of that decision.

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Crazy Johnny
Crazy Johnny

I can’t remember the last time I used a headphone jack, but it’s probably been about 4 years. If no headphone jack means bigger battery, I’m all for it.

locarno
locarno

“So if the information turns out to be accurate, the Galaxy Note 10 won’t have a headphone jack.”

Common. We hear this every year.

“It already did that quite liberally”

You mean slow ?

“sans”

sans=without

Biransahin
Biransahin

Every year the “no headphone jack” rumor arrives. Let me tell you guys, there will be a headphone jack. The Note10 as was the S10 will have Gear VR compatibility. You cannot use Gear VR with Bluetooth headphones, the lag is unbelievably bad. You can’t use the usb port for a jack when using the Gear VR, hence, there WILL be a headphone jack on the Note10. When the next Bluetooth version comes out and if it fixes the lag (a big if) the jack might disappear from Samsung flagships.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Am I the only one who thinks the rumors point to a pretty underwhelming update? I really don’t understand what Samsung is doing, continuing down this path where the iPhone seems to be the only thing they’re competing against. It’s not, and the Chinese are bringing the heat!

I mean, the rumors are NICE, but I haven’t seen anything that makes me say “I HAVE to have THAT.”

CrAzYLiFe1
CrAzYLiFe1

Disappointing, was going to upgrade to note 10 but i like the headphone jack to much, my wireless galaxy buds i got for free with my s10+ are all ready pretty well dead, low sound or cuts in and out. But they have suffered alot of sweat from work outs in 3 months

Biransahin
Biransahin

The headphone jack will be there. This stupid rumor arrives every year since Note 5. It will have it, because it will have Gear VR support. See my comment as to why.

justinut0909
justinut0909

As long as they include Galaxy Buds in the box, that is fine.

GS7edge
GS7edge

Samsung better give good reasons why they need to remove such useful 3.5mm jack in their flagship

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

I’ll give you 5 bucks of you guess who’s ditching Samsung phones… Yep you guessed right.

Biransahin
Biransahin

I doubt if anyone will care but if it’s for no headphone jack, don’t worry, that won’t happen.

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

There r 2 issues with bluetooth headphones or buds

1. If u play game u have sound delays
2. Battery means u gotta charge then when down

stondec
stondec

If this is true, it’s a terrible idea.

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

The final nail in the coffin, for me!! Definitely keeping Note 9 for longer.

Hambone01
Hambone01

All the people crying and saying they wont but the phone with no headphone Jack. Yet if they used thier brains why would notice no one else has a headphone Jack 😂😂😂

SteveTud
SteveTud

Bigsby can do one but, No jack = no sale from me

Hambone01
Hambone01

Good luck finding a phone with a headphone Jack

SteveTud
SteveTud

I already have one

MStuart
MStuart

you must be living in crazyland lol. Or appleland, which is kinda the same.

SteveTud
SteveTud

No I have a Note 9, no need to get offensive.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

They’re still selling S10s with Galaxy Buds here in the UK… And how many months in, are we? They might as well bundle them in the box for the Note10s. I don’t know how many units they’ve shifted in the UK but that’s A LOT of free Galaxy Buds.

bayfisher
bayfisher

Well I SEE it now, many will not go for these changes. Bad enough the ugly punch holes in the S10.
I had 2 note 7s, an 8 and 9, and will skip this one sadly.
Samsung needs to do a global survey before they lose more dedicated note owners.

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

I’m 80% in to Wait for the Note11. I want the updated Cmos found in the Note 11 (pictures & overall usage are about 50/50).

It’s smart that the BT Galaxy Buds are solid performers. Samsung has priced these competitively & sometimes they’re offered to buyers of their S & Note series. As per the Note 10, I also wouldn’t be surprised if USB C wired earbuds are included… or at the very least an adapter for our 3.5mm gear.

bayfisher
bayfisher

How about losing the buttons?

TECHFRIEND
TECHFRIEND

Well, the majority of us will be fine. Remember early Samsung devices had the single bottom physical button on the screen.

Now we’re full screen & have gotten used to it. For any mobile chassis, the weakest parts are the buttons. We’ll get used to the new formfactor. At this point, Samsung & Apple devices will be leading in water-proofing their devices.