The headphone jack, arguably one of the most important ports on a mobile phone (after the charging port) might just be dead forever. Sure, it was already dying after Apple decided to remove it from the iPhone 7, which prompted a mass exodus of the (beloved) 3.5mm port from Android devices. Apple’s most prominent mocker, Google was on the receiving end of a lot of flak after the company also decided to remove the headphone jack on the Pixel 2.
When OnePlus decided to remove the headphone jack in 2018 with the OnePlus 6T, CEO Pete Lau came forward and said that the decision was based on the popular opinion of the OnePlus community who voted that there were more wireless headphone users as compared to wired.
The removal of the headphone jack prompted a massive outcry not just from the tech community but also from regular phone users as they saw their wired earphones/headphones become useless. Sure, Apple and co. included a Type-C/Lightning to 3.5mm connector but it’s just another peripheral to carry with you in your pocket and the move was not well-received by the people.
One of the last crusaders of the headphone jack was Samsung, which kept it alive in even its latest flagship series, the Galaxy S10. A couple of days ago, however, leaks and renders of the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 surfaced on the internet. The renders, prepared by 91Mobiles and Onleaks, usually very reliable sources for leaks, show that there is no 3.5mm port on the device.
You can watch the renders here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duJDFPQOysY
The renders also show a camera cut-out in the centre of the screen, and the absence of the Bixby button on the side of the device, which would be a welcome change as Bixby was anyway the second-choice assistant for many. However, the most noticeable and probably the most radical change will be the exclusion of the 3.5mm port.
The renders show very clearly the absence of the 3.5mm jack and the phone sports a USB-C port on the bottom. While the Galaxy Note 10 is months away from a release, if the renders are any indication, it’s clear that the future for a headphone jack looks bleak. Samsung was one of the most preferred choices for people who wanted to enjoy their wired headphones. That might just change now as the tech giant could also get rid of the headphone jack.