Apple removed the 3.5 mm headphone jack from iPhone 7 onwards, other smartphone makers followed suit! Now Samsung is bringing back this much-needed feature
On 16th September 2016, Apple struck a hurtful blow to all the headphone jack lovers across the world. It introduced the headphone jack-less iPhone 7 and as is the precedence, all Android smartphone makers followed suit.
When Apple killed off the headphone jack with the iPhone 7, most Android smartphone makers, even the budget ones killed the 3.5 mm headphone jack socket in their products. While the buyers cringed at the removal of the jack, it made perfect sense for smartphone makers. The removal of headphone jack allowed Apple and other smartphone makers to use the extra space left behind by the headphone module within the mobile for more efficient use. It also helps them make that extra money selling wearables like Bluetooth earphones and AirPods.
Samsung too followed suit and filled the headphone space with other accessories in its the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note flagship smartphones. Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ in August 2019 and neither phone has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. To make extra revenue, Samsung launched wireless headphones.
Headphone jacks to make a comeback in future Samsung flagship Android smartphones
Falling sales of Samsung Galaxy S series have forced the South Korean chaebol to rethink its no-headphone jack policy. According to serial leaker Mauri QHD, Samsung is currently considering bringing back the 3.5 mm headphone jack in its future flagship smartphones. The leaker says that Samsung may try out the headphone jack experiment for one year before reassessing it.
Headphone Jack 👀
Samsung -considering- bringing it back, as a risky experiment "to see what happens"
for at least 1 year
some points debated:
S = the media will go wild, free publicity
Note = ↑↑ + good lineup for experiments, but less revenue
— Mauri QHD (@MauriQHD) August 5, 2020
While this may reduce Bluetooth headphone and earphone sales for Samsung, it may be welcomed by Android smartphone buyers in the long run.