Sunday, 18 November, 2018

OnePlus 6T will ditch headphone jack but bring better battery life

OnePlus 6T will ditch headphone jack but bring better battery life OnePlus 6T will ditch headphone jack but bring better battery life
Sherri Watson | 14 September, 2018, 00:01

A hot potato: Is the 3.5mm headphone jack in phones going the way of the dinosaurs?

So, Pei isn't saying the decision is courageous, but at least he's got some numbers to help back up the company's plan to ditch the headphone jack.

In case you haven't guessed it already, we are talking about the 3.5mm headphone jack. Pei was quick to note that it is not doing it for the sake of doing it, adding that this had been an option for a long time but the timing just wasn't right, until now.

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. OnePlus announced the new audio product this morning, suggesting that they've made "several big improvements and changes to the Type-C Bullets to deliver a crisp and powerful sound" over their Bullets V2 product. In that case, OnePlus has you covered. That's not insignificant, especially since OnePlus has spent years ribbing the competition over ditching it while their phones have had a 3.5mm port all of the way through their last release, the OnePlus 6. Also, the phone will have a "light sensitive fingerprint sensor under the display", an indication of the Screen Unlock feature expected on OnePlus 6T.

And the reason for removing the headphone jack is simple and obvious; it frees up space to put "new technology" into the 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.

All of these features are said to be packed into the OnePlus 6T for $569 (£440), however this price point, like the other unverified rumours throughout this article, should be taken with a pinch of salt. That's one too many benefits worth sacrificing one feature over.

Pei still believes the pros outweigh the cons.