Samsung May Have Killed The Headphone Jack For Good

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The final nail may have just been struck into the headphone jack's coffin. After years of dogged support, Samsung has quietly ditched 3.5mm audio connectivity from its latest smartphone in favour of USB-C. There's reason to believe that the decision will encompass all future Galaxy models. Here are the details.

The Samsung Galaxy A8s is kind of a big deal, despite being a mid-range handset. It's the first phone to sport Samsung's fancy Infinity-O display which comes with a laser-drilled sensor hole in place of a notch. It's also the first Samsung phone to lack a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Instead, users will need to use wireless headphones or a USB-C to 3.5mm audio port adapter - just like pretty much every other high-end phone on the market. Unfortunately, this trend will almost certainly continue with future Galaxy phones. Allow us to explain.

Samsung recently outlined a new business strategy that sees it roll out new hardware developments as soon as they're ready. (Previously, it would wait for the next big flagship model to launch.)

It's likely that the A8s' big change to audio will be replicated in future flagships, just like the Infinity-O display. In short, the chances of this being a one-off anomaly are basically zilch.

We think this is a damn shame. Samsung is one of the few phone manufacturers still supporting 3.5mm audio on high-end models. This has given it a special place in the hearts of audiophiles and anyone who prefers not to mess around with unsightly adaptors. (It even talked up this fact in recent adverts.)

There's still a chance that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 will represent the final hurrah of the traditional headphone jack in flagship smartphones. But we wouldn't bet on it.

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Comments

    The jack needs to die already. In ten years the idea of headphones being physically tethered to a phone will seem bizarre. Actual audiophiles (rather than those that claim to be, even though using their phone to listen to music) will continue to use their dedicated music players.

      Who cares about audiophiles? It's a multi-purpose device designed for millions of people to use in a huge variety of situations, often high ambient noise (like the train/bus). Unless we're talking about a device specifically designed and marketed to true audiophiles (the kind with 17 thousand dollar speakers) why even bring them up?

      What gets me is that the audio jack is perfectly adequate for the use case of a phone. It's not like most users need higher quality audio than it's capable of delivering. It's also a robust, time proven connector with a massive array of devices supporting it.

      Personally, I tried both USB and wireless headphones on my PC (not phone) and ditched them to go back to 3.5mm jack because it was more reliable, less difficult to get working software wise and just all round easier. No need for batteries, no worries about interference, no hiccups when you plugged in another USB device, no worries about having to unplug to plugin another USB device or a charger.

      On a different note, I hate the whole "infinity display" idea. Especially when it's screwed up by having a notch or a hole. Bugger it, just have a slightly smaller screen that doesn't go all the way to the edge. That'll give me something to hold onto that's NOT the screen. I already see problems with the S8+ where the phone thinks I'm trying to press something because when you hold it landscape your fingers touch the screen. It's only going to get worse if they make more of the phone the screen.

      And if you're having to screw up your nice sleek display by having a hole or a notch in it for the camera or other sensors why not just make the screen smaller.

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