OnePlus has confirmed that it will remove the much loved 3.5mm headphone jack from its upcoming flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6T. The company issued a statement adding that it feels that “now is the right time” to remove this feature. OnePlus believes that this move will prove to be beneficial for a “majority” of its users while keeping the disadvantages at check. Carl Pei, the co-founder for the company explained that the company is not removing the 3.5mm headphone jack just “for the sake of” it to follow what other smartphone makers are doing.
The company admitted that it “knew” that “this was an option”, and the company was only waiting “for the right time” to remove this feature while talking to TechRadar. Pei noted that removing the 3.5mm jack will allow the company to add “more new technology” in the next smartphone that OnePlus will launch in the market. Referring to the “new technology”, we already know that the company is planning to add an in-display fingerprint scanner in the upcoming device. In addition to the in-display fingerprint scanner, Pei pointed out that OnePlus is planning to improve the battery backup by a “substantial” margin in the upcoming devices by the company.
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Pei noted that it will ship a 3.5mm headphone jack to Type-C adapter along with the device so that users can use their existing pair of headphones. The company is also working on a new version of its Bullet V2 headphones that will use USB Type-C instead of the usual 3.5mm audio jack. The company is already selling its Bullets Wireless headphones in the market for users who would want a wireless solution.
One thing to note here is that Pei does not mention “OnePlus 6T” by the name, and keeps the mention to the next headset by the company. The report noted that OnePlus is aware of the potential backlash from its fans, but Pei believes that they “will be more forgiving” when they consider the bigger picture.