Samsung is ashamed it removed the headphone jack from the Note 10

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Samsung is ashamed it removed the headphone jack from the Note 10
The headphone jack. Rarely has something so small been in the center of countless heated discussions and arguments for so long. It’s been years since Apple started the war against the headphone jack by removing it from its iPhones, but even today, in 2019, it’s still something we talk about regularly.

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. 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.

A major letdown for Note fans


What am I basing that on? Well, two things, mostly. Let’s start with the first one, which is fairly obvious: Samsung knows that it will face some serious backlash. Its Note devices are the phones for tech enthusiasts: packed with features, a big screen and even an S Pen that should or shouldn’t be there, depending on whom you’re asking. People that have the latest Galaxy Note can usually be sure that they’ve made no compromise in functionality when choosing this smartphone over the competition. But no more! Now, they have to make at least one sacrifice, and for some power users, even that is too much. Their beloved swiss-army-knife of a phone is now missing one of its tools. The phone that checks the most boxes now leaves one gapingly empty like a thorn in the eyes of Galaxy 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.
 
Could Samsung’s guilt be so strong that it includes wireless earphones in the box of the Note 10 itself? That’s not a big stretch considering the ever-increasing price of the device. And it will surely please at least some of the outraged fans. Even so, that’s a bit of band-aid solution to the problem. Plenty of long-term Note users won’t settle for dongles or wireless headphones, however. And while Samsung would hate to disappoint them, there are always some casualties when making big changes like this one.

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:


An excellent look at the bottom of the Note 9, showcasing the slot for the S Pen, the USB Type-C port and the 3.5mm slot to plug in your favorite headphones. It’s a quick and easy way to showcase the Note 9’s many utilities. Just looking at this picture, you get the idea that this phone can do a lot. Meanwhile, our take from the Note 10 image is what? That it has a tiny selfie camera? That’s not something Note users even care about that much, some would probably get rid of the front-facing camera altogether. And while removing the headphone jack makes the Note 10 only marginally less useful, the problem is the message that it sends: features are going away. By offering this reverse angle to people, Samsung is avoiding an easy 1:1 comparison that would clearly show a major difference between the two devices that’s not favorable for the newer one. That is, unless…

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.

But that doesn’t mean Samsung can’t do one better and with a quick switcharoo reveal a Galaxy Note that has all the ports we love and expect to see. In that case, the idea of the leaked imaged we discussed above might be to keep us on the edge for as long as possible, letting us fester in the uncertainty of the leaks and rumors. While that’s a long shot by any means, it will be glorious to see a smartphone manufacturer finally pulling off one of these marketing stunts. After that, of course, will come the ads showing how Samsung is still remaining true to its loyal fans and giving them what they want and all will be good in the world.

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.

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  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh

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110 Comments

1. DolmioMan

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

They’ll say that but they aren’t.

2. JCASS889

Posts: 557; Member since: May 18, 2018

No jack no buy

9. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

What will you do when all phones remove it in the future?

17. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Keep a older phone that has it.

56. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True but, those older phones will phase out eventually and all there will be is phones without a jack.

60. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Files gets bigger though. Just like years ago mb and kb was alot. If we tried putting today's files on a floppy disc if would be impossible

57. JCASS889

Posts: 557; Member since: May 18, 2018

So I should throw away my corded headphone collection that cost me thousands? And just get some Bluetooth headphones that have half the quality and have to be recharged every day? And dongles are a joke I never wanna have to carry some overpriced dongle with me.

61. skips

Posts: 481; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

THEN DEAL WITH IT, GOD. You won't listen to music on a phone then. Case closed.

71. MsPooks

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Get a FiiO bluetooth receiver for headphones.

77. oldskool50 unregistered

you don't have to carry it. Just put it on the end of the headphones you use when you need it. Why would you need to carry a dongle around?

97. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

If you spend thousand on your corded headphones they would need additional amp or dac anyway, and those amps/dacs connect to usb c port on your phone. stop lying, you don't have high quality headphones.

103. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

The dongles are pretty small, I use apple air pods quite often but I love my already bought high end Sony headphones so I just put a dongle on the end and now I never remove it, all it did is the length of cord increased by some 1.5 inch.. Is it a big deal?? I don't have to carry the dongle separately.. You pointed it out right, he doesn't have high quality headphones.

112. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

LG will never remove the headphone jack, because if they do, that means no more quad DAC, and without that - there will be no reason to buy an LG phone.

30. Astera

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2019

It is inevitably one function that will disappear soon so you can't switch to a new phone

37. kplayon

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

This is why Samsung will get rid of the headphone jack. Because if you look around, there is no other phone that really has it in the US. So they'll just accept it. Not everyone wants to buy an old phone every year.

44. BuffaloSouce unregistered

And not everyone wants to be forced into Bluetooth headphones

91. Vogue1985

Posts: 476; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Lol I where are you living most folks stopped upgrading their phones every year because everyone wants to charge $1000 plus. That why millions of iphone 6/6s haven't upgraded,Samsung has alot of customer have not upgraded there Note because they with update features and then later on downgrade the phone via software updates to force you to buy another. Anyways, each to their own.

3. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

If they removed the Jack, it's a Hello Huawei for me. Bye Sammy, burn in hell

4. Gamas_K

Posts: 88; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

but Huawei flagship (the pro version) recently also didn't have the jack

31. AbhiD

Posts: 842; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Exactly! Even though i hate Samsung for pulling the plug on headphone jack, i wonder why these people want to switch to Huawei which doesn't even have a dedicated speaker unit and micro sd slot, let alone a headphone jack. It's like Huawei is spared even the gravest of sins while Samsung gets to burn in hell for unknowingly killing an ant.

92. Vogue1985

Posts: 476; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Lmao,the Note is a niche phone,ie no direct competition. Compare Pro to a S10 Plus not a Note,direct consumer and functions. 1+2 is not 7.

6. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 592; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

"Bye Sammy, burn in hell" Jesus what a reaction :D

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

There's no reason to not include a headphone jack. Manufacturers are saying there isn't enough space to include them, but phones have increased in size every year for the last decade. Any manufacturer who says there isn't room is lying.

12. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 20; Member since: May 17, 2016

The Note isn't increasing in size this year, one model is closer to the S10 regular in size. It also has a stylus to fit in there, so at some point if you want to get a big battery and a smaller phone with a Stylus, something has to give. It'll be back on the S11

13. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

If you have headphone jack it means you have to leave something else out, because it takes lot of space. If competitors get this extra space it means you are left behind. And why would you have two space taking parts for the same task. It makes lot of sense to remove it.

65. stulla

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

How does the m20 keep the headphone jack with a bigger battery (500mAH)than the note 10 but the explanation is having to make space for a 3400mAH or 4300mAH battery...absolute nonsense

67. Lita9

Posts: 57; Member since: May 07, 2017

check the Thickness and weight of that bulky M20. Idiot . M20 doesn't have spen, triple cam, wireless chargingcoil, which takes lot of space. Got it ? stop barking now

33. SantiagoDraco

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2017

What a rediculous thing to say. If there was "no reason" then they wouldn't remove it, plain and simple. You may not like it but you are a fool if you think they did it "just because".

38. BJay2K

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 20, 2018

They did it for extra revenue on accessories, same as Apple. Samsung will cite a technical reason why it was removed but it most likely will just be corporate jargon.

55. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I fill in my thought. I think they did for reasons like less buy wired headphones, it looks cleaner, more space and there is one less opening to worry about when they make it water-resistant.

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