When it comes to flagship phones, OnePlus has always maintained an edge over others. Not just for the high-end specifications but for retaining the headphone jack in its devices.
Sadly, the company is now officially going to ditch the headphone jack, starting with OnePlus 6T.
In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said a lot of factors were considered before making this decision.
“We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year – and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones.” Pei expects this number to increase with the introduction of its Bullets Wireless earphones.
He went on to say that ditching the headphone jack will ultimately benefit the user, specifically in more battery life – “By removing the jack we’ve freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product,” he said.
Meanwhile. the company has also tweeted an image of the new USB-Type C Bullet earphones.
Ready for a new pair of Bullets? Discover the Type-C Bullets earphones in our latest deep-dive on the forums.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) September 13, 2018
Not long ago, the company was treating its 3.5mm headphone jack as a unique feature, targeting the audience who still feel headphone adapter is a bit too much.
Now it seems like the company is itself going against its own word. “We’re adding an adapter to the box, allowing you to use your 3.5mm headphones normally,” said Pei.
Whatever may be the reason, one more device manufacturer has given up on the headphone jack, once and for all. This leaves, LG and Samsung, the only two flagship smartphone makers who still continue to include the headphone jack in their phones.