Where do you stand on the headphone jack these days?
While Apple wasn't the first company to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its smartphone lineup, it certainly made the move "popular" for smartphone manufacturers. After including the long-used port on the excellent OnePlus 6 handset, we've now got confirmation that the highly anticipated successor, the OnePlus 6T, will ditch it.
Apparently, it was time - and not because everyone else was doing it, but because the company found earlier this year that 59% of its "community" already owned wireless headphones - a figure Pei expects to have risen since.
Compared to the Bullets V2, which were very well received, the Type-C bullets have supposed improved sound quality thanks to a built-in DAC. In that case, OnePlus has you covered.
While the connectivity modes mentioned include dual SIM support, LTE and USB support, this OnePlus 6T listing also shows that earphones would be present in the box.
TechRadar sat down with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to discuss why the company is ditching the headphone jack from its "next smartphone".
"By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product", he continued.
He's partly not anxious because he said that removing the headphone jack has allowed them to include a bigger battery that will be "substantial enough for users to realize". The earphones will be launched alongside the company's next device - expected to be called the OnePlus 6T - in the coming quarter. Along with a hint that its next flagship device will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. That's one too many benefits worth sacrificing one feature over.
Thoughts on leaving the headphone jack behind, friends? If not in other cases, users will definitely miss the jack when you have to plug in your headphones and the charger at the same time while playing games or streaming online.