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 …


USB-C to 3.5mm earphone jack adapter still not working for many Pixel 2/2 XL users


You know that a phone is having problems when a law firm starts soliciting owners to see if they want to join a Class Action suit against the manufacturer. In the case of the Google Pixel sequels, both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL have been the target of various complaints. The Pixel 2 XL has burn-in issues (although not more than any other premium smartphone says Google) and other problems with the screen. Pixel 2 users were hearing strange clicking and buzzing sounds. The latter was fixed via an OTA update.

Just the other day, we told you how several Pixel 2 XL owners noticed that their …

Alleged Galaxy S9 clear case restates the fingerprint scanner move and the audio jack

A newly leaked clear case, allegedly destined for the Galaxy S9, is making the rounds, and it looks to be fitting like a glove around the CAD-based renders that appeared yesterday. Unfortunately, it also means that Samsung may indeed reserve the dual camera set as a Galaxy S9+ exclusive, as this case here shows too short of an opening on the back for it to house two lenses and a finger scanner. Speaking of, the case hints at a different, under-camera fingerprint reader placement, compared to the S8, just as most leaks so far have iterated, which is a welcome change. 

Another …

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 …

Huawei Mate 10 Pro doesn't have a 3.5mm headset jack, but comes with adapter and USB Type-C earphones


Officially unveiled earlier today, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro
and Mate 10 are both high-end, well-designed Android 8 Oreo handsets, but there
are plenty of differences between them. One of these differences – likely
important to some potential buyers – consists in the fact that the Mate 10 Pro does not
feature a 3.5mm headset jack, while the Mate 10 is a more conventional
device, thus it has a standard jack.

 

Fortunately, Huawei compensates for the lack of a 3.5mm jack
with a pair of USB Type-C earphones, plus a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter – both are
included in the retail box of the Mate 10 …

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 …

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 …

Xiaomi explains why the Mi 6 lacks a 3.5 mm jack

With the release of the Xiaomi Mi 6, the Chinese company, like many others before it, did an Apple on us and got rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While we’re already somewhat used to seeing this move, a lot of people would still rather use the familiar audio interface we’ve had for decades, as opposed to the USB-C port that most OEMs currently offer.

The reasons why some people prefer the 3.5 mm jack have been discussed in length many times before, so we’re not planning on talking about it again. However, what we do want to cover is why Xiaomi opted for a removal of the classic round hole.

According …