Qualcomm wants to redefine Hi-Fi for smartphones with its new USB Type-C DAC

Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset is official now, but it was not the only noteworthy news that came straight from the company’s Hawaiian Tech summit this week. 
It would seem that Qualcomm is taking Hi-Fi audio pretty seriously in line with the recent early retirement of the 3.5mm audio jack from most phones as it announced that it will be making a brand new Hi-Fi DAC available for device manufacturers to bake into their devices. 
The Aqstic AQT1000 Hi-Fi digital to analog converter is a USB Type-C plug’n’play …


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 …