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Goodbye headphone jack! Samsung to drop beloved feature in 2019

The good old jack connection has served faithfully for many years, but it is coming to an end, at least on smartphones. Samsung's headphone jack is also dying out, and will soon, if the latest reports from Korea are correct.

According to ET News, Samsung will only equip another high-end smartphone from the Galaxy series with a 3.5 millimeter jack. Then it's over, the connection disappears and it will no longer be possible to connect headphones to new Galaxy smartphones as easily as before. It remains to be seen whether the decision that Samsung will offer will apply to all price categories, and of course there is no official confirmation yet.

The Galaxy S10 is supposed to be the last Samsung Galaxy smartphone with a classic headphone jack. Starting with the Galaxy Note 10 and the Galaxy S11, this is the end of the line and Samsung is completely opting for Bluetooth headphones. As an alternative, the USB-C port is available, which can be connected to the jack via a small adapter. That's a bit awkward, but it works.

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The Galaxy Note9 has a jack socket next to the USB port. / © AndroidPIT by Irina Efremova

The Galaxy S10 will the be the last of its kind

As a customer of Samsung, you can at least count on the fact that a corresponding USB-C to jack adapter is included in the scope of delivery. The Koreans are already exemplary when it comes to the scope of the Galaxy smartphones, especially in the upper price ranges. There are several dongles in the box to connect devices via the USB port.

Before the Galaxy Note10 and the Galaxy S11, for which of course no information of any kind about the price, the release date, display, battery or other technical data is available yet, the Galaxy S10 will come at the beginning of next year. If you're looking for a top Samsung smartphone and don't want to do without the headphone jack at the same time, it may be worth snapping up this one when it comes.

Do you still regularly use the jack socket on your smartphone?

Source: ETNews

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  • David Martrano 2 months ago

    So the deal is to have an in display FPS you have to eliminate the headphone jack? Wow-we, this is not good, I'd rather have the FPS on the back & keep the jack. Maybe I'm old fashioned but I love wired headphones!


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  • I would miss the hp jack, but not for very long. I like Bluetooth as well. The only complaint I have, is Bluetooth's battery drain on the phone. When using wired headphones overnight listening to music on an internal player, I lose about 25% (while using Wi-Fi, it's about 40%) power from a full charge. When using Bluetooth headphones, I lose anywhere from 50 to 60%. That variation depends on using an internal music player or a Wi-Fi dependent app respectively.
    Bluetooth power requirements for headphones are improving rapidly. I can't say the same for smartphones. It could be that the space saved could open up more space for a larger more efficient battery. I sure hope so.

  • I guess I must be the rare smartphone user who does not use headphones - I blast my audio at full volume with Bluetooth speakers - but why do away with a headphone jack? Why not keep that option available for consumers who want it?

    To eliminate the headphone jack is going to force the manufacturer to offer the USB type-c adapter with the USB cable and plug out of the box! That's right! Eliminate a feature, but force the manufacturing of an adapter that must be included when purchasing a new smartphone! 😅

    • @CJ Brown. I think it will basically open up space on the device for something else or a bigger battery perhaps. I think that is their argument for removing the hp jack.

  • JeffD 2 months ago Link to comment

    This is a rumor. please report and headline it as such.

    I used the headphone jack for listening with my big headphones, while at home. I use my headphone jack for recording with an external mic. I use my headphones jack when I want to maximize battery life.

    Keep the jack, Samsung.

  • True we have already seen it with the nokia 8 sirocco using the usb c port for headphones

  • Moussa 2 months ago Link to comment

    wireless headphones are the next big thing so I can see that happening.

  • Then Say goodbye to Samsung as well !!

  • Goodbye, Samsung!

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