The first Sony Xperia phone without a 3.5mm headset jack might be released soon

The first Sony Xperia phone without a 3.5mm headset jack might be released soon

Whether we like it or not, it's probably just a matter of time before most relevant smartphone makers are ditching 3.5mm audio jacks, at least on their high-end devices. Samsung, LG, and Sony have not done this yet, but it looks like Sony may do it in the very near future.


Last week, the FCC (US Federal Communications Commission) approved a mysterious Sony phone while revealing a few interesting things about it. According to documents made available by the FCC, this unannounced Sony phone (currently known only by its FCC ID, PY7-21831A) appears to be using a USB Type-C port for both audio, and charging functions - thus, it should not have a 3.5mm headset jack at all.

The FCC is also mentioning that the new Sony handset is 152.79 mm tall and 72.42 mm wide, featuring a screen of around 5.7 inches. This means the device is smaller than the Xperia XZ Premium (156 x 77 mm, pictured above), while certainly having thinner bezels around its screen, as the XZ Premium's display only measures 5.5 inches.  

Finally, we know that this new Sony device is a GMS/LTE phone with support for all the 3G and LTE bands of AT&T and T-Mobile. So it could be launched in the US at some point, though it might be sold only unlocked - just like all of Sony's recent phones that have made it stateside.


With various recent rumors pointing towards a drastic redesign of Sony's next-gen high-end smartphones, the lack of a 3.5mm audio jack on them should not come as a shock. Of course, many Xperia fans will probably not like this. But at least we're not going back to the times when Sony Ericsson phones had proprietary charging & audio ports.


Sony already announced three new handsets this year (Xperia XA2, Xperia XA2 Ultra, and Xperia L2), but it has yet to unveil a new high-end model. So there's a considerable chance that the 5.7-inch device approved by the FCC is an upcoming high-end Xperia.


We might see at least one new (and hopefully interesting) high-end Sony phone at MWC 2018 next month. Stay tuned!


source: FCC via Xperia Blog 



1. ahmadkun

Posts: 614; Member since: May 02, 2016

until now .. i miss the benefit of removing the headphone jack .. whats wrong with them ?

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2450; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

There's nothing wrong with them, but I do think eventually we will need to see a new audio standard and the USB could become that. Car manufacturers have stopped putting headphone jacks in for the past few years and have gone strictly bluetooth or USB in. I've seen laptops and desktop getting rid of the jack too in exchange for USB. The problem is that headphone manufacturers are not making USB headphones to adjust to this new standard. I think if there was a plethora of headphones with USB connections there wouldn't be as much of an outcry.

2. raerae unregistered

They are basically making a trap for themselves. Declining sales thus removing one important feature.

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1517; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Not really, since they own LDAC licence. It's a "dick move", but Sony is relatively big Bluetooth headphones manufacturer. Sony headphones are often mediocre, but they use that LDAC and that is a step above any competition ... even aptX HD. + Their 3,5 jack implementation is poor at best in newer models. Not even using dedicated DAC or good amplifier. I hate this decision, I thought my next phone might be made by Sony, but I can see the Sony reasoning behind it.

3. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Can"t wait. Missing this great Apple's ""feature", was stopping me till now to have Sony.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Oh screw you, Sony if that's true. I totally don't get why companies remove it, it's not going to boost their sales and why not take the opportunity to advertise themselves like "we have the headphone jack!" This is going back 12 years in technology

5. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

That drawing does not say anything that does not carry jack, they are tests

6. Pigaro

Posts: 87; Member since: May 15, 2016

Then I'm not going to buy it period.

7. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Going back to 10 years ago.

8. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

I wouldn't normally be ok with it because I thought that wires are necessary for the fantastic Digital Noise Cancellation to work, but now Sony has introduced wireless DNC earphones, so I'm good with it again. Most likely I'll go again for an Xperia Flagship and these wireless ear buds because DNC is extremely important for me and there is no other company to offer it (HTC has it too but I believe only in combination with wired headphones).

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

They are moving the sim card/sd tray. It is going to be where the jack usually is. And maybe they do like all.other and use tool to access it now.

10. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Ooooooooor they'll keep the headphone jack and advertise USB audio on the side?

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

No. The sim card tray was on upper left. Now, it will be on top like Samsung. Exactly were the jack was.

12. hansip87

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

Jeez.. if OEM really wants to make 3.5mm gone, they should have build a replaceable battery inside their wireless headphone. Changing earphone just because their battery is dead is stupid!

14. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

I really appreciate the fact I still have a headphone jack. I love my earphones (usually switch between Sony and urban ears, even the akg tuned earbuds are very good), not to mention the number of times my phone slipped out my hand only to be saved from near death by the connected earbuds!.

15. Iyus76

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 12, 2016

If we can accepted wireless charging, why we can't accept wireless headphones.

16. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

Are you serious? The implementation of wireless charging didn't come at the cost of losing the ability to charge with a wire. The same SHOULD be the case with audio.

19. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Great comment And wireless charging in current state is a joke, it's much less practical than wired. With wire you get better speed and can actually use (move) your phone.

21. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I don't accept or like wireless charging because it is slow comparing to Quick Charge. Also as KIRA said , Wireless charging didn't remove the USB port

17. libra89

Posts: 2297; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

If this ends up being true, I'm saddened. I was proud of Sony for holding out.

20. RangoX

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Sony smartphones: huge bezels, no headset jack

22. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Well, sadly, it looks like Sony is no longer among the top contenders for my next phone if this turns out to be true.

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