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Galaxy S11 probably won’t have a headphone jack either

You may have all heard the gossip by now. Samsung is removing the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10. The first big Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Pro leak also shows that there won’t be a headphone jack on the next flagship. That’s not good news for those who are looking forward to the Galaxy S11.

If Samsung’s flagships are ditching the headphone jack starting with the Galaxy Note 10, then it’s safe to say that the Galaxy S11 probably won’t have a headphone jack either. One could even argue that this was inevitable and had to happen at some point.

No headphone jack on Galaxy S11 is a real possibility

Samsung appears to have decided to ditch the headphone jack for its flagships. Doing that with the Galaxy Note 10 first will send a message that the company is serious about this move. The Galaxy Note series has always been aimed at pro users. If it’s not going to make an exception for the pro users, there’s little chance that the Galaxy S11 will retain the headphone jack.

It’s not like the company is doing this for the first time. It does have some products which don’t feature a headphone jack. The Galaxy Fold doesn’t have one and neither does the Galaxy A80. Even the Galaxy Tab S5e doesn’t have one. However, they’re nowhere near as mainstream as the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagships. Samsung fans will really feel the pinch of this decision when it’s made for either of the two flagship series.

Samsung will obviously try to justify that decision by saying that removing the jack allows for a slimmer design and frees up more space for the battery. There’s also the fact that it’s likely the only major Android OEM that still sells flagships with a 3.5mm headphone jack. One could even argue that Samsung has to get with the times, another reason why this decision has become inevitable.

The only way Samsung can help ease the transition for users is to give them a pair of Galaxy Buds for free. It already did that quite liberally with pre-orders for the Galaxy S10. Even a recent promotion for the Galaxy S10 series offers each customer a free pair. Those who are real sticklers for their wired headphones will just have to use the USB Type-C adapter that it will surely ship in the box.

If you skip the Galaxy Note 11 because it doesn’t have the headphone jack, would you consider buying the Galaxy S11 then? Once the headphone jack is removed, there’s little chance of it being brought back. Many power users still moan about removable batteries but we all know they’re never coming back. Samsung knows other flagships aren’t offering the headphone jack either. So customers who want a high-end device can’t switch because of that. Besides, most of them will eventually get over it in a couple of years.

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superf
superf

You don’t say…

martindale
martindale

Every time Samsung neutralises one of the reasons I don’t buy iPhones, the more I pay attention to what Apple does have to offer.

locarno
locarno

We hear this rumor every year.

gouimet1
gouimet1

Off – topic

How can one know an original OEM screen from a copy version. I broke my Samsung S8 screen and want it fixed, however i’m scared of replacing it with a copy version as against the original version. How can i tell which is which? Pls note i don’t live in the USA or Uk or something

locarno
locarno

Repair your phone in official Samsung service.

djcbs
djcbs

I don’t buy phones without a headphone jack.
Samsung’s already killed the reason I had to buy their phones – rootless Substratum support – if they remove the headphone jack, it’ll just cement my decision of jumping off ship.

But the S11 will bring it. After the backlash the Note 10 will suffer, Samsung will rush to put it back on the S11.

korosensei07
korosensei07

It looks like if you look closely at the Note 10 pro render it actually seems to have a headphone jack at the top.

olo320i
olo320i

They can give people even 2 pairs of buds, sound quality is not ideal. Wired earphones are unbeatable. Hope that there will be possibility to connect wired earphones by usb port.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Personal view are that there are no point for upgrading from an s10 until all standard models of the phones are 5g capable. With hope that we can have a “small” 5g phone.

For me there is no point buying another 4g only phone and something that is the size of the s10 plus or bigger is definitely not pocket or 1 hand use friendly.

I have notice in recent publications how (if they are paid to push the bigger hand sets from the supplier) they are only considering the phablets as the better options.

Biransahin
Biransahin

As the Note10 will have a headphone jack, don’t believe the clickbait, “either” might not be the correct word here! I spoke to a friend who is an exec with Samsung Turkey, who tells me the Note10 will be completely based on the S10 plus design front and back……..with a headphone jack.

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Let’s hope it’s true or you will have egg on your face with the dumb comment about having words with a turkey πŸ˜†

Biransahin
Biransahin

There’s been plenty of egg on the faces of those who said the S10 will have no headphone jack! Go check!! πŸ˜‰ I used my same source to say the S10 will definitely have a headphone jack. Check that too!! The turkeys here will not include me.

korosensei07
korosensei07

Just look at the Note 10 Pro render, look at the image of the top of the phone, you can clearly see a headphone jack. Of course it will. I’m a bit surprised to see sammobile troll us, maybe they didn’t notice it. the headphone jack is now located at the top.

Jasi2169
Jasi2169

I can keep my note9 for guess 2 years then, i have galaxy buds i can tell u the costs doesnot suit those bluetooth one they r not even dust n water resistant at 10k INR plus bluetooth ones are not good for mobile gaming the sound has delays,3.5mm suits it and should stay.

Instead they shud add IR blaster too atleast on flagship devices plus dedicated sdcard slot

GS7edge
GS7edge

I still prefer the 3.5mm jack but since there will be no more 3.5mm jack starting Note 10 then provide free Galaxy Buds in the box or at least bring it back in S11.

RoadRunner99
RoadRunner99

Guess I won’t buy it either then.

gentux
gentux

Well Samsung dropped microSD and water protection once and brought it back next year. I won’t buy a phone without headphone jack. Not only because I use wired headphones, but because you can connect almost anything that makes noise with it. A dongle is not an option. The battery life on my S10+ is sufficient for me and the size is ok, maybe remove the punch hole and use A80 magic or something like it. I will skip the S11 anyway as it certainly won’t be a big step up from the S10.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Just went into the Samsung store to put my Galaxy Buds in for repair and was speaking to the engineer about how hard it was to get hold of them. He found it difficult too, and said that there were over 2000 claims for the free Buds. I said they’re gearing up for the removal of the headphone jack, and he says. “Yeah they’ve removed it on the Note 10, so… “. Lol, guess it’s confirmed then

Erupt
Erupt

And I probably won’t have a S11 either. Not a big deal. They are all the same anyway.