This is why the OnePlus 6T won't have a headphone jack (and why that's a good thing)

This is why the OnePlus 6T won't have a headphone jack (and why that's a good thing)
The OnePlus 6T may not be out yet, but we still know a fair bit about the phone through reliable insider reports and rumors. We know that the OnePlus 6T will have a notch — but not a big, unsightly one like on the Pixel 3 XL; a "waterdrop" style one instead — and we do know that it will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, which fans have been clamoring for. We also know that the 6T won't have a headphone jack – something that nobody asked for, and yet something that was worth losing in favor of the new fingerprint scanner, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau claims.

In a new Cnet interview, Lau reveals why the jack had to be removed and why OnePlus ultimately thinks it was the right move:

"This has been one of the most difficult decisions for us to make," said Lau. "The most difficult task in the day-to-day is… finding a balance in what's ultimately going to be part of the end product and what has to be said 'No' to."

The main catalyst behind the removal of the headphone jack seems to be the new in-display fingerprint scanner. OnePlus had to cut everyone's favorite jack in order to make room for the new scanner, which takes the form of an image sensor embedded underneath the display of the OnePlus 6T.

"We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action," further said a OnePlus engineer in a prior interview with CNET.

OnePlus is branding this new way of unlocking the phone as "Screen Unlock" and Lau sounds confident in saying that, "after you experience the Screen Unlock you'll fall in love with it. [You'll] realize that it's the experience that you wanted."

Of course, the company is also aware of the recent wireless trend. Earlier this year, alongside the OnePlus 6, the company also launched its OnePlus Bullets wireless earbuds, which offer a well-rounded alternative to other, more expensive similar products on the market. A recent study by the NPD Group also reveals that this year, for the first time ever, Bluetooth headphones have surpassed sales of regular headphones – a trend that has no doubt played a big role in OnePlus' decision to remove the jack in favor of wireless.

The OnePlus 6T is a very important phone for the company, as it may its first real opportunity to gain some mainstream traction in the US by through a T-Mobile partnership. OnePlus 6T is officially scheduled for an October 29 reveal, while sales are expected to kick off on November 6

The company has confirmed the November 6 commercial release date for the old continent, with orders set to open at 10 am GMT for eager buyers in the UK and 10 am CET for folks living elsewhere in Europe. Sales in the US will likely begin the same morning. The unveiling event is set to kick off at 4PM CET | 10AM EST | 7AM PST on October 29, when the OnePlus 6T will be officially shown to the public. The show will take place on Pier 36 in New York.

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source: CNET

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30 Comments

1. I_have_boxes

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

Except the Vivo Nex S has a headphone jack and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Not only that, but its headphone jack is on the same side as the screen, which goes all the way to the top, and the pop up front camera. Space is never an excuse.

23. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yeah, but I think you'll find the in-screen fingerprint scanner is much larger than the Vivo Nex S. Also the Vivo took a big hit in the strength department, and I doubt 1+ will want to make any sacrifices in that department

2. andrewc31394

Posts: 290; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Aren't in-display fingerprint scanners slightly slower/less accurate than physical ones? If so, not sure why they would get rid of the headphone jack and incorporate a worse fingerprint reader just to look cool. I miss the days when features and function came before design aesthetic -_-

10. middlehead

Posts: 452; Member since: May 12, 2014

There's two different styles of in-display FPs right now. The one that's mostly picture based is worse than a separate scanner, the ultrasonic style is at least as good if not better.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Ultrasonic aren't available yet. And oneplus 6t won't have ultrasonic.

24. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Qualcomm are already pushing out 2nd gen ultrasonic inscreen sensors to customers. Rumours suggest that OnePlus will be using this...

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, I said they aren't available yet, and I meant in products. Maybe I should've clarified that. And S10 is rumored to be the first phone with ultrasonic fps. I doubt the 6T will be the first. Especially considering it's a cheaper flagship

29. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Same here. Always will feel like that. Now that I'm thinking about it, in screen fps is a gimmick. The best spot imo is on the home or power button. 2 birds, one stone. And keep the 3.5jack damnit

3. Joosty

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

If this phone doesn’t have stereo speakers at the least... Too much taken away

4. surethom

Posts: 1661; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Id they can make NON Bullet wireless headphones then im fine with it but there are NO good wireless headphones out there, apple airpods are the best in ear design but Need a rubber coating to help stay in ears. Smooth plastic was never a good design for headphone.

8. RoyalMike unregistered

Samsung gear icon X never fails and fit nicely in year. No fall, no mess.

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 562; Member since: May 02, 2016

Hum ..

6. Nionx

Posts: 196; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

Why do they even try to justify this? It is never justified unless you have a 5000 milliamp battery or some other absurdity built in. Just be honest and say you wanted to be part of the "me too" crowd and follow Apple coattails in hope that mimicking them would lead to higher sales as people settle for iPhone-esque design without the high end price of the iPhone device.

11. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Which iPhone has waterdrop notch & indisplay fingerprint sensor? Even the face unlock of OnePlus is much faster than iPhone.

28. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Oneplus 6 uses a simple 2d facial unlocking method. That's why it's so much faster ... and so much less secure.

25. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Huh?? Man what rock you been sleeping under for the last 5 years??

7. OneLove123

Posts: 967; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

No loud stereo speakers like my Note 9= no buy

9. middlehead

Posts: 452; Member since: May 12, 2014

It amuses me that OP still tried to pretend they have any influence on "their" phones. The OP6 doesn't have a headphone jack because the Oppo unit they're rebadging doesn't.

13. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

It only makes sense to use the same manufacturing process, same tools, etc to make OnePlus phones which are used to make Oppo phones (effectively they are the same company). Isn't that economical?

20. middlehead

Posts: 452; Member since: May 12, 2014

That doesn't address my point at all. It's dishonest of them to act like they're designing phones when they're just rebadging a sister company's existing work.

26. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

If you want to talk about "rebadging" technology, Apple is the king of the rebadge..

12. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 884; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Notch, indisplay fingerprint scanner not required. First get the bigger battery & dual front firing speakers. These are more important

14. Voodooman

Posts: 26; Member since: Oct 20, 2017

Another day, another excuse. Oneplus have a few days more before the launch, I'm sure they'll come up with some new excuses till then.

15. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

They just needed an excuse. At least some people will believe that

16. CboyC95

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 01, 2018

Anyone else want to join the fight to save the headphone jack? #JackGate

17. D34ever

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Sorry. I don't buy this explanation. Sounds like fiction. The jack and screen are 2 separate components. One can't affect the other. But, hey, I could be wrong. Let's wait for the S10 and we'll have a better idea.

18. ReadRideClimb

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2018

Amazing all the whining I'm reading. With all the phone options available right now, if you don't like it then buy the Pixel 3 when it drops, a Samsung or an iPhone. This s**t is a steal. OnePlus 6 was already great and this will be a baller phone pioneering new features and quality specs for half the price of comparable phones like iPhone X. And for f**k sake, it's 2018...get a pair of bluetooth headphones already.

30. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

After listening to s**tty 128kbps pirated mp3s and 360p YouTube videos (because internet is expensive), when Apple decided to remove the headphone jack all of a sudden everybody is a meloman. Everyone is buying flac (even wav) and has expensive hundreds of dollars - some thousands - wired speakers. They buy the highest quality speakers but Apple phones are "too expensive"...

21. wesley.

Posts: 209; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

This guy is funny. First his excuse is that they removed the headphone jack, because they needed the space to fit a bigger battery. Now he claims that they couldn't fit the in screen fingerprint sensor without removing it. Lies and more lies...

22. Shott3r

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 28, 2017

Why are we STILL pretending OnePlus is anything more than an Oppo re-brander?

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