Samsung is ashamed it removed the headphone jack from the Note 1099+
Samsung was one of the last companies to keep the analog output on its flagships and even had ad campaigns to rub that fact into the competition’s faces. It seems, however, that we might have already seen the last of these commercials, as Samsung appears to have put a dagger in the back of the headphone jack as well. At first, it started innocent, with the old school port being omitted from one of the Galaxy A devices. But since the series offers plenty of models to choose from and they’re fairly similar, no one really made a fuss about it.
Recently, however, leaks about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 have shown that the new Samsung flagship will come without a headphone jack on it. Yes, all leaks lead to the fact that Samsung will remove the headphone jack. And while I’m sure that by the time the Note 10 is released, Samsung will have a reasonable-sounding explanation as to why the headphone jack is gone, I have a sneaking suspicion the company itself is not proud with what it did.
Samsung removes the headphone jack: A major letdown for Note fans
Many of them will become apologists, pointing out the benefits of this omission and saying things “most people use wireless headphones anyways” to justify Samsung’s actions and make it seem like the blow they had to take wasn’t that hard. This same group will be quick to point towards the Galaxy Buds for the audio needs of Note 10 owners. A pair of Samsung’s wireless earphones can potentially be part of the Note 10 preorder package, just like they were during the release of the S10 series.
But let’s get to the second hint that Samsung is not looking forward to breaking the news about the headphone jack.
The mysterious phone positioning
Now, I know that’s a bit of a stretch, but hear me out! Look at this alleged promotional image for the Galaxy Note 10 that leaked a few days ago:
Do you notice anything odd about it? The phone is facing the wrong way. Instead of the camera being at the top right corner, it is in the bottom left corner. That’s a bit unusual considering the picture depicts the phone as if left on a table after you’re done working on it with the S Pen. Yet in that case, it’s laying the wrong way around. Of course, you can argue that the goal of this image is to showcase the small camera whole, after all, it was the centerpiece of the official teaser. But coincidentally, or maybe purposely, this position also hides the bottom part of the phone, keeping out of focus the fact that there’s no headphone jack to be found there.
Now, before you start pointing towards my tinfoil hat, let’s take a quick look at how the main picture for the Galaxy Note 9 looks. Right now, if you go to the smartphone’s page on samsung.com, you’ll be greeted with this:
Samsung has been pulling a fast one on us all along
In situations like this one, all theories must be considered, even if they might sound implausible. So, what do I mean, exactly? Well, there’s a possibility that everything written above is wrong because the initial assumption is wrong — the one that there will be no headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10. After all, as credible as some of the sources are, there’s still a chance that they’re wrong and what they’re showing us isn’t exactly the device we’ll see at the official release.
We’ve played that game last year, when information about the Google Pixel 3 XL started pouring in and revealed its ugly notch. There was a glimpse of hope that it won’t be the real deal, but alas, the official Pixel 3 XL was the same phone we saw in the leaks.
So, which scenario will unfold during the launch of the Note 10? I can’t say for sure but luckily we have only a few weeks to wait before the truth will be revealed on August 7. Until then, you should probably keep your Type-C to 3.5 mm jack dongle nearby just in case.