OnePlus 6T says bye-bye to the headphone jack, hello to better battery life

OnePlus 6T says bye-bye to the headphone jack, hello to better battery life
The OnePlus 6 is seen here featuring something the iPhone X doesn't

OnePlus has never been a company to shy away from controversy, but the fast-rising smartphone manufacturer is also used to making headlines with various trend-snubbing decisions largely praised by consumers.

One of the reasons we expected the OnePlus 6T to make it big in America with T-Mobile reportedly in its corner was the refusal to embrace fads like 2K or 4K screen resolution and the headphone jack removal.

Unfortunately, after “respectfully disagreeing” with Apple on “what it means to be courageous” just last year, the company says “now is the right time” to kill good old jack.
This is not a rumor, mind you, as co-founder Carl Pei himself offered the above statement on the record in a short talk with TechRadar, adding that this “very controversial decision” has nothing to do with anyone else in the industry.

Pei describes the removal of the traditional audio port as a way to “optimize the user experience” on the upcoming OnePlus 6T, although curiously enough, water resistance is never invoked as a feature gained by ditching the 3.5 mm jack.

Instead, the space freed up with the dismissal of this time-honored component will apparently allow OnePlus to “put more new technology into the product”, improving among others the delicate battery life situation. Wait, what?
 
How exactly is the headphone jack removal going to help enhance battery life? Or did Carl Pei just try to excuse the omission of a very important feature (for some) by invoking an entirely different upgrade? If that’s the case, maybe it’d have been wise to make fewer jokes over the years and not call wireless headphones unprepared for the spotlight back in the fall of 2017.

Of course, those sweet Bullets Wireless earphones were released in the meantime, and even before that happened, Pei says 59 percent of his company’s “community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year.”

Oh, and if it makes you potential OnePlus 6T buyers feel any better, a dongle will be included in the handset’s retail box, while a USB-C version of the Bullets V2 wired headphones is also in the pipeline, naturally to be sold separately at an additional cost. That’s... not enough, is it?

source: TechRadar

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  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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41 Comments

1. Fred3

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Let the angry comments began LMAO I like OnePlus. I'm just here to watch folks cry in the comments.

18. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

All those cowed companies blamed and joked Apple of removing the headphone jack but now look at them secretly and shamelessly trying to follow Apple's own actions a couple of years later.....lol The Irony is REAL!

23. OneLove123

Posts: 787; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Like how they are copying Apple by making a phablet phone? These android vendors got some balls to copy Apple. They started this big phone category while everyone else still believe 3.5in is the perfect size. Apple is #1! Look at them Androids now? They are making big phones like Apple with oled screen too.

33. Fred3

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

HTC was the first to do a phablet phone in 2007

24. OneLove123

Posts: 787; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Like how they are copying Apple by making a phablet phone? These android vendors got some balls to copy Apple. They started this big phone category while everyone else still believe 3.5in is the perfect size. Apple is #1! Look at them Androids now? They are making big phones like Apple with oled screen too.

26. ullokey

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

The irony is it is Motorola with its Moto Z that ditched the headphone jack

32. Fred3

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Yes they did make joke about them but did you know Androids were the first to have a headphone jack And to remove the headphone jack right?

30. Chrusti

Posts: 92; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

OnePlus says bye bye to the headphone jack - I say bye bye to one plus.

2. j_grouchy

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

If they could get an IP rating for this, I'd jump right on it. I'm not concerned about the headphone jack and the notch seems to be about as unobtrusive as anyone can make one. Neither of those things are dealbreakers for me. Having fried a phone with a simple splash of liquid, though, I am no longer willing to buy any phone without a water resistance rating.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Only Apple says it helps waterproofing. It does not, just an excuse

16. Trex95

Posts: 2320; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Did Apple asked OEM’s to remove 3.5 jack No so don’t blame Apple.

17. karll1

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

It helps reduce the cost

27. j_grouchy

Posts: 163; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Like I said, I don't care about the headphone jack. My LG G6 has an IP rating AND a headphone jack, so I don't really associate the two.

28. bucknassty

Posts: 1293; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

and include those wireless buds

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'm to the point a wireless connection works good enough for me, Ymmv but this isn't a limitation to my own needs.

5. libra89

Posts: 2219; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

This feels just like when Google made fun of Apple for doing it in 2016 but then did it in 2017. Hm.

6. stulla

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Goodbye One Plus 6T.

9. Fred3

Posts: 334; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Who you gonna run to when all phones ditch the headphone jack? Cause it's happening soon

7. Joosty

Posts: 462; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Well, there’s goes that. S10 next ? That’s too bad. LG will hold out lol.

8. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

I will be against ditching headphone jack, until manufacturers start putting BT headsets in the box with a phone. You said you wanted wireless future? Bring one, instead of wanting.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1564; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

When Samsung got rid of IR blasters, should they have included remote controls? Threw in OTG drives for missing SD card slots?

34. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

So you're telling me, when Samsung ditched IR blasters in their phones, you couldn't use your TV anymore? No? Well, that's a different thing then. And when they tried to ditch microSD card slot, they had to bring it back, because of the backlash. Now, with everyone ditching headphone jack my headphones become useless (don't give me that dongle bs, when you charge the phone no regular dongle will help you use wired headphones). I am forced to throw out a great piece of hardware, because people like you said "just go and buy new one". So until a manufacturer is giving me their way of using things out of the box, let me use mine.

41. epdm2be

Posts: 815; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Yes. :-)

19. Foxgabanna

Posts: 576; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Or you could just pay for a headset like you've been doing with your wired setup? Being rebellious is hurting nobody, but yourself.

31. Pabliell

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

And accepting everything manufacturers say hurts everyone. Besides, why do I have to buy a new headset if I already have a good one, wired. That's forcing me to spend more money to be able to do, what I'm used to do. Thanks, but no.

42. epdm2be

Posts: 815; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

I don't use that jack for "a headset", djeez. Wtf is wrong with you people?

10. Tech-shake

Posts: 207; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

If Samsung and LG mange to keep the headphone jack alive next year, they will truly have a differentiating card in their hand.

11. jinghuiwee123

Posts: 17; Member since: May 16, 2014

Samsung holding out for 3.5mm? I don't know when will they remove it because of "others manufacturer are doing it". However for LG I can still say that they will be using the headphones jack for years to come as their V-series line is about 1 thing only, Media, true hardware media ( Cameras, microphones, 3.5mm)

12. CEDEOTB

Posts: 342; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

They settled. They're going to try and push their Bluetooth headphones down on our throat and raise prices again. The removal of a headphone jack is a deal breaker for me.

13. Rager722

Posts: 617; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

This is ridiculous.. I want to listen to my music without having to worry about draining my Bluetooth headphones battery or my phone battery.. I want worry free listening. I guess I won't go with OnePlus now.

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