Samsung Galaxy S8 without headphone jack: here is the unequivocal vote of users

The Samsung Galaxy S8 might feature a brand new, all-screen wrap-around display and a futuristic design, but along with that Samsung is also rumored to kill the 3.5mm headphone jack.

And it's a shock: Apple took the public grilling by being one of the first to remove the headphone jack from its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Apple marketing chief said the move took courage, but critics slammed it for being impractical as millions, if not billions own wired speakers, headphones or other audio system that connects via the 3.5mm headphone jack.

What you gain by removing the headphone jack is a little more space in an already small device like a phone, and that space could be used for a larger battery and bigger camera, two features that users often request.

But is it a worthy trade-off? We asked you, our readers, and we've got an unequivocal result from your votes: a resounding 'No'. Some 75% gave the thumbs down to the possibility of Samsung removing the headphone jack, and only 25% said that they could agree with such a decision in exchange for a larger battery or some other extra.

Here are some of the comments that received the most endorcement and sum up the feelings pretty well:




Samsung Galaxy S8 without a headphone jack: yay or nay?

Yay! More space = longer battery life and cool new features
Nay! A gazillion audio gadgets use the 3.5mm headphone jack!

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1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

663 sheep voted for longer battery life and cool new features (what?!).

2. NCAAtourney

Posts: 40; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Note to Phonearena - Just provide "yes" or "no" options next poll. As if you can't obtain longer battery life and cool new features without omitting the 3.5mm headphone jack. Such a ridiculous claim.

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 974; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Like most of their polls, the explanation for each option is completely subjective and unnecessary.

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Looks like the Samsung Dongle Division wants more revenue.

5. sukrith2194 unregistered

Are u naive? Samsung dongle department won't get anything in this case... Samsung among others uses universal standards... As in usb c... Even if they take out the port and give dongle or even if you buy a new ear/headphones you'll be able to use it in almost all devices from Android or even windows... This is the most stupid discussion! Apple is the one getting all the revenue asking people to buy proprietary accessories! Think man!

4. torr310

Posts: 1724; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Before Galaxy S6 debut, many told them not to remove SD card slot but they did it anyway. Many users want larger battery but they reduced the size on the S6 too. I am not sure if they would listen.

18. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

What happened on Samsung S7?

19. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

what happened on the S7? Will Samsung do the same mistake as the S6 and loose sales or just listen? thats the question.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4383; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And brought Sd card back in s7 noting specifically that they were listening. So we will see i guess. Too early for removal in my opinion.

7. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I can't stand it when they take away useful features simply because they DEEM them no longer necessary, for whatever train in their infinite wisdom. Removable battery, IR Blaster, and now the headphone jack. They need to give the customers what they want rather than follow Apple's lead.

8. IHuntInDE

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 31, 2009

If they do remove the headphone jack, they could do 2 things to offset it: 1. Allow audio through the usb type c and include a usb type c to 3.5mm dongle. 2. Include a bluetooth receiver that has a 3.5mm output.

9. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I like wireless but Bluetooth still runs like beta crap.

10. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

I think it will be such a dramatic attempt to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, that I don't think, in the position they are right now after the Galaxy Note 7 disaster, they would dare to do it. They'll keep it, and maybe they'll remove it from the Galaxy S9.

11. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Like I said before; no headphone jack, no buy.

12. stulla

Posts: 100; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

How can there be longer battery life when Bluetooth has to be on to listen music etc

13. cbonica

Posts: 17; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Fixing the exploding issue would be the biggest improvement.

17. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

What 'exploding issue' ?

14. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

OEMs would gain more space by adding 2 or 3 milimeters of thicknes than by removing the audio jack... but no! they want to make slimer and slimer phones, with what purpose? I'm not completly against slim phone, but before going slim you have to provide a viable power solution.

15. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Samsung Level U's. All that's needed.

16. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

If we ignore the votes of the die hard isheep here, pretending that they are not fooocked up, 100% of normal ppl are against removing the audio jack. Hope that Samsung will not remove it, or if remove it to offer better solution.

20. M.O.A.B

Posts: 323; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

i don't think that they mock "other companies" for the lack of a 3.5 mm jack in their latest phone's conference and ditch it in the absolutely next phone :/

23. jsdechavez

Posts: 818; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

3.5 mm headset jack should stay. Besides, no wired headset means no FM radio. Everyone will be forced to stream.

25. obedchuni

Posts: 339; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

following on the footstep of apple, Ok the 3.5m headphone jack is going out for sure, also apple was the one who decided to take it out first but the chinese company did it first and then again removing the home button was apple's decision for the 10th year of iphone, soon we are hearing that samsung is also doing the same, i don't know how samsung will implement it, also i m sure that they will introduce the force touch too...haha samsung......flaws was on the design of galaxy note7 not the battery, rushing out early to beat apple and guess who's got beaten again...hope samsung will learn from their mistakes.

26. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Dropping the headphone jack isn't a bad idea if manufacturers replace it with another USB type C port and include small quality headphone jack and micro USB converters.

27. insyt

Posts: 52; Member since: Sep 16, 2015

Dropping the headphone jack isn't a bad idea if manufacturers replace it with another USB type C port and include small quality headphone jack and micro USB converters.

28. Farkadi

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Samsung is simply hopeless! Carry about additional gadget to be able to simultaneously connect the charger and favorite headphones is a complete misunderstanding. Instead miserable stereo micro-speakers I prefer convenient access for proven cable headphones without wearing around extra converters. Obviously Samsung's target are Apple users. If so, Samsung might gain second place in America but will lose the world. What a lousy plan.

29. Farkadi

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Everybody know this phone won't be the micro size like a box of matches. So inside the SGS 8 will be a lot space for extra components along with 3.5 mm jack. So what's the deal?

30. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

What a f*cking joke! I really hope they don't remove the headphone jack because A) it doesn't benefit the phone in ANY way and B) that means they plan to reduce the thickness of the phone to the point where it's unrealistic and stupid. I would be hard money that given the choice 95% of consumers would rather a much longer battery life with a slightly thicker phone this the other way around. Why not keep phones in the 7mm range until battery tech catches up? I seriously hate Apple and every stupid, form before function thing they stand for and I'm starting to hate others for following their horrible lead.

32. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Apple did it, so this is Not a surprise, we knew it was coming.

33. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Samsung are very good at copying Apple. It's funny I don't see Techie1869 here bagging Samsung like he did when Apple removed it. I guess that's what happens when your a one eyed douchebag.

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