Xiaomi explains why the Mi 6 lacks a 3.5 mm jack

Xiaomi explains why the Mi 6 lacks a 3.5 mm jack
With the release of the Xiaomi Mi 6, the Chinese company, like many others before it, did an Apple on us and got rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack. While we're already somewhat used to seeing this move, a lot of people would still rather use the familiar audio interface we've had for decades, as opposed to the USB-C port that most OEMs currently offer.

The reasons why some people prefer the 3.5 mm jack have been discussed in length many times before, so we're not planning on talking about it again. However, what we do want to cover is why Xiaomi opted for a removal of the classic round hole.

According to a statement received by Android Central, the main reason was the lack of space in the chassis.

The bigger battery in question packs 10.5% more juice than that of the Xiaomi Mi 5. The Mi 6 comes with a 3,350 mAh power pack, as opposed to the 3,000 mAh one of its predecessor. This, of course, might not result in longer battery life, but we can't know for certain until we test the phone ourselves.

The Mi 6 also comes with dual rear-facing cameras, and considering the usual place for Xiaomi's 3.5 mm jack is the top, it might have been harder for Xiaomi to fit both the cameras, and the headphone jack.

The good news is that the Mi 6 comes with a USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box, so Xiaomi got you somewhat covered if you still prefer the older standard.

via AndroidCentral

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1. mastachaz

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

they want be like apple thats all headphone jack its very small.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Two words..... google it

17. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Who the hell will bring USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter in the pocket??? That is so stupid and inconvenient. People are trying to bring less things in their pockets or purses, but now they ask you to bring with you not just the headphones, but also an adapter? Why? Because it is modern? Or Apple made it? I understand Apple - they made it for the money - royalties from lightning port accessories, but other OEM's? They are just stupid. And excuses as lack of space are stupid.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Motorolla did it before Apple. So Apple didn't start this trend.

24. Stappy3

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

That's up for debate, There were very heavy rumors a year out from the announcement of the iPhone 7 that there wouldn't be a headphone jack. Motorola could have just wanted to be the "first" to eliminate the port to beat apple to the punch. Although BLU did it first with the Vivo Air.

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I never said Motorolla was the first. I just stated it did remove the jack before Apple. And I was doubtful if you would be stupid to mention the rumors thingy. But sorry to say, you were. People started the rumors of Apple removing the jack So.........it's not Apple's fault whatsoever. It was the peoples'. Therefore you just cannot blame Apple for starting this trend. Because Apple never did it. Think about this. What if all the rumors were wrong?????? I hope you get my point!

2. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 655; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Give me a slightly thicker phone with a bigger battery and keep the 3.5mm jack and im happy. Heck an iphone 7 has no audio jack yet s7 edge and s8 do and which of them have the better battery life?? Its not the apple device. On GSMArena Iphone 7 has a endurance rating of 61 hours and the 7 Plus is 75 hours. Whereas S7 edge is 92 hours, S8 is 84 hours and S8 plus is 88 Hours and they all running 1440p displays not 1080p ones like Iphone 7 series.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

It has the similar dimensions of LG G6 yet still have headphone jack and almost the same battery (-50mah less than Mi6). What's Xiaomi's excuse again?

9. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Plus the G6 has microSD slot and FM radio.

11. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

G6 is a bigger phone.

14. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

16. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

You can say not much, but nontheless it is bigger. If Mi6 was 3.7mm taller, 1.4mm wider and 0.45mm thicker as G6, all the other things being equal Xiaomi could fit a 3.7mm taller, 1.4mm wider and 0.45mm thicker battery inside of the Mi6. These differences might seem insignificant, but it would have a significantly larger capacity battery.

22. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Thats not the point. I can still show you phones smaller than Mi6 with more features

23. Guaire

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

As well I understand your first post which I replied was about the G6 has almost same battery plus audio jack in almost same size therefore Xiaomi's excuse is moot. Did I miss something or get it wrong? For clarification my point is not defending Xiaomi's decision regarding audio jack. The Mi6's use of inner space is not worse, actually it is better than the G6, IMO. There is no doubt without audio jack there will be more room in any phone. Xiaomi is right, but people who are not happy with that decision is also right about that with a slightly thicker phone manufacturers can retain same battery size without sacrificing audio jack thought.

27. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Xiaomi's excuse is lame. The audio jack is component is really small, removing it for the sake of battery space is a joke. There is no significant difference between Mi6 and those who had jacks and smaller batteries. Prove me wrong when battery tests arrive.

3. Cat97

Posts: 2034; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Good thing Samsung did not copy Apple this time. The jack is also used for FM radio antenna, not only for headphones. Can the FM radio antenna work via USB-C ? I don't think so.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I really love FM radio. Its a very important broadcast channel in the case of emergency where 3G/4G is overwhelmed.

4. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 2013

There is no excuse for removing a 3.5mm headphone jack, phones have had them for years without issues.

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The excuse is to include a bigger battery and more components without thickening the phone.

5. Tariq123

Posts: 186; Member since: May 15, 2016

COURAGE. Is the word they are looking for. But woth low sells, they'll realise it's the wrong move. Just give it time

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"like many others before it, did an Apple on us and got rid of the 3.5 mm headphone jack". I believe Motorola did it first before Apple. #iphonearena.

10. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Why not remove the screen so you can save room for extra battery?

15. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

Apple did remove headphone jack but gave us a new wireless headphones ,these stupid companies like htc and Xiaomi ,, they don't even offer something new , they just removed the headphone jack. My people don't buy these stuff don't buy , u don't have to . All the reason is that there's no right people in the right position for work , that's all it is now.

18. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

It's easy, no headphone jack, no buy

20. sumpil

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 02, 2016

Still trying to figure out why they can't put 2 USB type c in the phone if the benefits they claim is true, one at the top and one at the bottom, the top one can do data sharing and act as an audio jack while the bottom one can do the charging and data sharing and whatever else USB type C is capable of. I'll be waiting.

21. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't have an issue with it, as long as it has wireless fast charging. Not like Apple where you can't charge and listen.

26. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

They better not pull this ish with the Mi Mix 2 or it's a definite pass on that phone too!

28. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

BOOOO !!! I love my Xiaomi phones (my last 3 are all Xiaomi) but if they keep up with this, looks like I'm switching for my next upgrade. :(

29. mixedfish

Posts: 1571; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Xperia Z3+ was 6.9mm with a headphone jack and no camera hump. There is no excuse for the jack wasting space.

31. Mike69

Posts: 2; Member since: May 07, 2017

153 x 74.3 x 6.6 mm That's the oppo r 9s with 5.5 hd screen With headphone jack

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