Alleged Galaxy S9 components smile for the camera: there's a spot for a headphone jack

It’s a bit comical that the presence of a headphone jack would be such a hot topic in this modern day and age. It has been around since the 1950s and installed on pretty much any portable audio device since the original Walkman. Yet, in 2016, Apple pushed for a revolution — it made the “courageous” step of removing the 3.5 mm jack from the iPhone 7, stating that it’s old tech and the phone is better off without it.

Now, we know that there were a few smartphones that tried to do away with the jack before, but they were largely unnoticed and forgotten. When Apple made the move, it opened the …

Wink, wink: OnePlus heavily hints at the OnePlus 5T boasting a 3.5mm headphone jack

OnePlus just posted an image on Facebook that heavily implies its next smartphone, which is believed to be the OnePlus 5T, will retain a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. 

We mean, it’s only logical to assume that since the whole premise of the image is to highlight the fact that all of OnePlus’ devices so far – the OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5 – have boasted the good ol’ audio jack on deck, allowing you to plug in any standard headphones. With a tagline of “What do our phones have in common?”, OnePlus is asking the important questions …

The Google Pixel 2 headphone adapter was overpriced, now Google has slashed the price to match Apple

Helen of Troy brought about the Trojan War, but today’s tech wars are often about much more mundane topics: like the headphone jack.
The useful little audio jack has been around for centuries and did not offend anyone until Apple decided it took too much space in its phones and killed it in the iPhone 7. Google – shortly after – unveiled a new phone, proudly proclaiming one of its advantage is just having that headphone jack. A year later, and Google has changed its mind: the Pixel 2/XL ships with no headphone jack.
You …

Nokia 9 renders reveal thin bezels, lack of headphone jack

HMD isn’t supposed to launch another flagship by the end of the year, so if you’re hoping the rumored Nokia 9 will somewhat make its way to the market soon, then you’ll be disappointed. The Finnish company is expected to introduce at least three new handsets early next year: Nokia 2, 7 and 9.

Pictures of the Nokia 2 have already leaked out last month, but no credible Nokia 9 imagery emerged until now. OnLeaks has decided to render HMD’s upcoming flagship and provide us with a better look of what’s to come.

These renders are based on CAD files of the Nokia …

Google community manager: "new Pixels still come with a headphone jack if you count the USB-C port"

In response to harsh comments made by those critical of Google’s decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock posted today that the Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack, it has just been moved to the USB-C port. Hancock adds that this is a move made by some of the “best phones” available today.

Hancock says that removing the 3.5mm port allows Google to offer an improved “audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future.” His forum post also includes a list of Made by Google and Made …

The Essential Phone is getting a headphone jack by way of a magnetic add-on

Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone continues the trend of abandonment 3.5mm headphone jack, as it is apparently not an essential feature anymore. But puns aside, the jack is actually coming to the bezel-less phone in the form of a modular add-on! How exciting is that?

Okay, it won’t actually be the jack by itself in some sort of a tiny, magnetic clip-on, it will instead be a part of a larger, dedicated hi-fi module for the phone, which could be a neat addition for audiophiles.
“We are working literally around the clock around …

Courage: Google once again tipped to be ditching the headphone jacks from its Pixels

The rumor mill once again churns out a rather important piece of information pertaining to Google’s upcoming Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2. 

According to a piece of information obtained by 9To5Google’s Stephen Hall once again puts the good ol’ headphone jack in the sights. As per the latest tip, the next Pixels are once again tipped to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and the USB Type-C port for audio playback.
This coincides with many previous rumors we’ve heard about the device dropping the headphone jack and, to be honest, …

International Moto Z2 Force with 6GB RAM reportedly carries a 3.5mm headphone jack

Yesterday, Motorola and the four major U.S. carriers unveiled the Motorola Moto Z2 Force. While there are some new features like the dual camera setup in back, the pill shaped fingerprint sensor (as opposed to the square shaped button on last year’s model), the Snapdragon 835 chipset inside, and the 64GB of native storage, one of the things that remains the same is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.

For those who love the Moto Z2 Force but feel that the lack of the 3.5mm jack is a deal breaker, there is an interesting (but aggravating) rumor that was posted yesterday on Twitter. Citing …

Latest Honor 9 leaked images confirm lack of 3.5mm headphone jack

As technology advances, more and more handset makers replace various components inside their products with new, better ones. However, there’s a new trend among major players in the smartphone market, as many companies have decided to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and replace it with the USB Type-C port.

Apple and HTC have already done it, but other brands are looking to follow in their footsteps. Honor, the Chinese company that launches premium smartphones, is expected to launch a new flagship that supposedly lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The first leaked pictures of the Honor …

Galaxy S8 photos finally reveal its headphone

One day after The Guardian published an exhaustive look at Samsung’s upcoming pair of flagships, noted leaker Evan Blass has come out with his own report on what the new S8 models will look like. And, not to be outdone, he has a new photo of the handsets, which appears to confirm several rumors.


As has been reported earlier, Blass says both S8 models will ditch the home button, which will make the displays larger than even the company’s Note devices. Since the physical button has been removed, the phone’s fingerprint sensor has been moved to the rear of the device, to the right of the camera.

Blass’ photo, which shows a front and rear view of the phone, would appear to confirm this. Both phones also clearly have a headphone jack visible, which some had speculated might be removed. It also clearly shows a USB Type C port.

Both devices will have a curved display, though there will be two different-sized models: a 5.8-inch version and a larger 6.2-inch model.

Blass also backs up previous reports about the phones’ cameras and Samsung’s upcoming digital assistant supposedly named Bixby. The S8 will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with iris-scanning abilities (a feature Samsung introduced last year with the Note7).

The rear-facing camera will have support for optical character recognition (OCR), which will help enable the Bixby-powered visual search that was rumored last week.

Blass adds that the phones will also come with a pressure sensitive display similar to Apple’s 3D Touch, though he suggests it will only be on the lower portion of the display.

As for a launch date, he purports to have that nailed down as well, saying Samsung plans to have a launch event in New York on March 29. Earlier reports had pegged the date for April, but it seems clear that we won’t be seeing it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month.