So it begins: these three new smartphones do not have 3.5 mm headphone jacks

It'd be understandable if you haven't heard much about a smartphone maker that goes by the name LeEco. It's a large tech brand in China, formerly known as LeTV, which currently has a couple of phones bound for US markets, but doesn't seem to have any stable footing in the West as of yet. It has, however, managed to get itself noticed on a couple of occasions — by openly calling Apple a Nazi opressor, by launching a "bezel-less superphone", which very much had a bezel, and by trying to be an industry first on a couple of occasions — the LeTV One, One Pro, and LeTV Max were the first smartphones with USB Type-C data ports, while the LeTV Le Max Pro was the first announced (note: not launched) smartphone to bear Qualcomm's latest-and-greatest Snapdragon 820 chipset.
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95 Comments

35. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Come and show me how comfortable you get when you charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. 30cm charger wire + 30cm headphones wire = enjoy not to tied and mess them up

38. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

What about I need to charge my phone at the same time output the music to my speakers with auxiliary port?

52. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Hugo my senheiser headphone have 2 meter long cable. My car sound system dont need headphone. Game over for those pathetic excuses.

92. romeo1

Posts: 804; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

Which headphones have a 30cm wire? Same goes for the charger.

66. alumoyo

Posts: 390; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

4. More work for a single port means the malfunctions/wears out/breaks faster.

78. Rocket

Posts: 614; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Well said.

81. xq10xa

Posts: 803; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

This guy knows what's up.

88. PhoneCrazy09

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 01, 2010

My iPhone plays music and charge just fine with my USB port in my car also I guess it's not that big of a deal bc I already use the wireless powerbeats never use that headphone jack!

89. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

someones gonna come up with a splitter sooner or later if you really wanna do couple things at once.

7. Switch00

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

why would something like this be a good step. You want to have only your mouth to eat, smell, see and play basketball?

36. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1409; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

No one charge your phone and listen to music at the same time 30cm wire chaeger + 30cm headphones wire = Goodluck

53. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

http://www.amazon.com/RiteAV-ft-3-5mm-Extension-Cable/dp/B0015ZIS8K Or good headphone with 2 meter cable like my senheiser. Or car sound system. I charge my phone all the time as i listen to music and i am not alone.

9. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

It's not a good step, because you can't use a Bluetooth or wireless headphone to listen to music while charging the phone... meh!

27. Hatshipuh

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Great another thing I have to keep charged... Can't even use same headphones for MacBook and phone then, can't Apple at least keep it consistent across their own products...

41. torr310

Posts: 1619; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

It's good for Apple to make the WATER-PROOF phones/tablets. One less port to seal! PS. Why don't Apple inclue the wireless charge? So no port at all for Apple products!

59. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

Because their phones are metal. Inductive charging (as of now) doesn't work through metal. Same reason the htc's don't have wireless charging.

65. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

Since iPhones are metal build, and cannot support inductive charging, then Apple should not ditch the 3.5mm jack.

44. tokuzumi

Posts: 1800; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Remember when HTC did this back in the 2006-2009 range? That was annoying carrying around adapters for anything you wanted to plug in. At least you have the option for BT headphones now, but BT headphones require batteries, and they don't last forever.

54. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

And the Quality is lower thats good high end headphone.

60. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

lower *than*

47. tedkord

Posts: 17093; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It is on no way a good step.

58. joebklyn

Posts: 16; Member since: May 02, 2011

DUMB IDEA !!!! IT WILL BACKFIRE ON APPLE !!!! REAL STUPID !!!!!

76. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 636; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

No. It is actually a terrible step toward the abyss. Bluetooth audio is for the beach. I will never consciously buy a phone that lacks a 3.5mm jack and if I had to I would probably stop using the phone for music altogether.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

vivo X5max is slimmer than oppo R5, and it still have 3.5mm jack..

12. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

And the Oppo R5 wasn't the first phone to not feature a 3.5mm jack. The T-Mobile G1 did not have a 3.5mm jack...http://www.androidcentral.com/t-mobile-g1-doesnt-have-35mm-headphone-jack

42. raiter

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Yes, HTC Touch Pro 2 also did not have it.

64. 2.5GHz

Posts: 270; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

As well as the Nokia N73. This article's author should have informed himself before claiming the Oppo R5 is the first to not feature a 3.5mm jack!

3. Phonehex

Posts: 732; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Im most interested in the Le Max 2's Ultra Sonic Fingerprint recognition by Qualcomm (Which you did not even mention). I am really interested to see how good it is compared to the conventional capacitive scanners in use today.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

Phones with Wireless Charging facility built in can make use of single port concept if it can slim down the phone, or pave way for bigger battery by saving space.

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

LeTV Le Max Pro did actually release first as first Snapdragon 820 device. http://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/leecos-le-max-pro-goes-on-sale-as-first-snapdragon-820-smartphone-805937
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