Choose one: 3.5 mm headphone jack or in-display fingerprint scanner?

Choose one: 3.5 mm headphone jack or in-display fingerprint scanner?
The 3.5 mm headphone jack has slowly been going extinct, at least as far as high-class smartphones are concerned. First it was Apple (well, it was the first notable company to do it, at least), then it was Moto, then HTC, and soon pretty much everyone followed, save for Samsung and LG.

Even the people's champion — OnePlus — chose to remove the jack from its latest "flagship killer". The OnePlus 6T sports an in-display fingerprint scanner, but the tech barely left any room inside the device, which is why the headphone connector had to be removed. At least, that's what OnePlus said.

Now, we've been hearing rumors that Samsung is finally preparing an in-screen fingerprint scanner of its own... and we've also been hearing that the Galaxy S10 will not have a headphone jack.

So, we wondered... if the choice is between one of those two — would you rather have a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, which sits under a beautiful, bezel-less screen, or would you rather have the headphone jack and just an ordinary fingerprint scanner on the side or back of the device?

Would you rather have a headphone jack or an in-screen fingerprint scanner?

I'd sacrifice a headphone jack for a screen-placed fingerprint scanner
32.29%
Just give me a headphone jack and a rear-facing scanner
67.71%

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48 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

In display fingerprint readers as of now are way inconsistent, and I don't remember when was the last time I used 3.5mm headphone jack, so can we have a bigger battery instead of these two?

6. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I'd rather have a bigger battery than a headphone jack

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'll take a bigger battery if they keep the fps seperate and away from being embedded into the screen.

25. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's way inconsistent of a technology atm, until it becomes as reliable as regular fps, it'll be a gimmick to me.

45. Robertdep

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2018

Ya don't say?... Have you personally used one? Cuz I've been using it for about a month and a half now and while it was a little flaky at first, now it never misses a beat. It was also a little slow at first but after 2 OOS updates and it learning all the areas of my fingerprint I couldn't tell any difference from any other I've ever used on 4 other phones. Actually the only difference I really notice is this one will actually read it with my fingers pretty wet. Like just shaking of my hands after washing. Every other I've ever used my finger have to be completely bone dry and clean... I wasn't sure about it at first but after 5 or 6 weeks of daily use I'm convinced it's the best one I've ever used.

8. bambamboogy02

Posts: 840; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Headphone jack, They can make the phone slightly thicker to house the battery. Not sure why they would remove a convenient thing from a device? I use my headphones at work all the time. Sometimes charge my phone at the same time too. I don't think anyone would mind a slightly thicker device if it meant a bigger battery.

26. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That would also work, never was ths thickness of a phone a problem to be.

18. DFranch

Posts: 551; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Same. I haven't used the headphone jack in years, and would gladly trade it for a larger battery. In screen FPS is nice, but I've gotten used to the rear FPS and it is only inconvenient when the phone is on a table and I have to pick it up to unlock. The rear FPS is faster when pulling the phone out of my pocket, which is 90% of the time.

23. maherk

Posts: 6926; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's when I use the iris scanner/face unlock when it's sitting down on a table.

32. Vokilam

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Maherk, I came here to make the same exact as your first post.

48. TheOracle1

Posts: 2329; Member since: May 04, 2015

"but the tech barely left any room inside the device, which is why the headphone connector had to be removed. At least, that's what OnePlus said." That's complete bs because my Vivo NexS has both AND a big battery. Given that they're sister companies and share components and design language their statement is a lie.

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Jack ofc... put the fps somewhere else not important at all

3. baldilocks

Posts: 1535; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Haven't used a headphone jack since the original RAZR days.

4. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I picked the Mate 20 Pro so gave up 3.5mm jack for In-screen, and very happy.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4248; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Really have to see how ultrasonic fps perform first. Current implementations aren't that good.

7. torr310

Posts: 1667; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I want BOTH

9. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

I don't even need to choose lol, Vivo Nex has both (and a 4000 mAh battery too).

10. ALMBO6

Posts: 196; Member since: May 28, 2018

Big battery, headphone jack and solid phones. Please keep your in-display fingerprint scanner and wireless charging.

19. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wireless charging is actually pretty sweet...no wear and tear on your physical charge port.

33. Vokilam

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Had it in my phones for years - haven’t used it once. Not even tried it - zero interest. I rather have aluminum back than inductive charging with fragile glass. I hate this glass back wave everyone following all in the name of “wireless” charging which it isn’t.

34. lyndon420

Posts: 6818; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Guess you forgot about the plastic backed phones with wireless charging like the Nexus 6? It works incredibly well without sacrificing durability.

36. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3145; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You mean like the Palm Pre? The first was still the best.

39. Vokilam

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Lyndon, I didn’t forget that - I just don’t care for plastic backing. Aluminum/metal dissipates heat faster/better, feels more sturdy and utilitarian, unlike plastic or glass. I want aluminum/metal - I like aluminum/metal - I hate that they got rid of aluminum/metal for the sake of inductive charging - which I don’t care for. I hope I’m clear about my opinion this time.

41. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

It isnt wireless charging even though you dont use a wire to connect from phone to charger? Then what is it, wired charging?

44. Vokilam

Posts: 1262; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I N D U C T I V E !!! There’s a name for it already - it’s called “inductive charging”, it’s the same as my toothbrush - a technology developed way before the first iPhone!

11. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

For me it's not even a question: headphone jack. In screen fingerprint scanners are fancy and all but with so many other faster options, I'd rather have the headphone jack. Music sounds better with a physical connection, and there is no chance of your headphones losing power. It's just a very convenient connection.

12. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

As a consumer i want both. Hey OEM out are you listening.

13. libra89

Posts: 2289; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Of course the latter. The former is currently slow and doesn't seem like much of a gain to me at this time.

14. monoke

Posts: 1172; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Honestly I don't even use a lock screen. I like to get straight to the home screen. Screw security. Lol Give me a 3.5mm all day here.

15. master-mkk

Posts: 214; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

But somehow the Galaxy s10+ will have a quadruple camera ' under display ultrasonic finger print scanner ' headphone jack and 4000 mAh battery

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