It is happening: Samsung to launch top-tier phone with no headphone jack

It is happening: Samsung to launch top-tier phone with no headphone jack
The headphone jack has been a hot topic over the last couple of years. It's an extremely popular connection port, used for headphones (duh), portable speakers, car audio, and even your home Hi-Fi. But the headphone jack on smartphones, in particular, has been on borrowed time ever since Apple decided to omit it in its iPhone 7. Over the past couple of years, a ton of smartphone manufacturers — big and small — have followed in Apple's footsteps and removed it from their devices.

Samsung and LG are pretty much the last popular brands to put headphone jacks in their top-tier phones still. However, rumors do suggest that Samsung will be giving up on the connector with the Galaxy S10 or Galaxy Note 10.

Now, there are the hopeful among us, who say "No, no, there's still a chance that Samsung wouldn't do that!". Well, here's some more proof that this may, indeed, be the direction that the manufacturer is headed into.

Some hardcore Samsung fans may be aware that the company makes this really cool-looking clamshell Android phone, but only sells it in China. It's the Samsung W series, built specifically for that market, because — according to Samsung — the customers in China are very big on nostalgia and love the good ol' clamshells of the 90s and early 2000s. A Samsung W phone will have all the top-tier hardware, such as the latest Snapdragon processor and a ton of RAM inside, as well as some of Samsung's latest premium features, which later make it to the Galaxy S. The variable aperture of the Galaxy S9's camera was actually first featured on last year's Samsung W2018, for example.

So, all that said, the Samsung W2019, which should be released in a month or two if Samsung follows the annual refresh schedule, has just leaked via a series of up-close pictures. In the images, we can see that it is still made all out of metal and oozes premium build quality. Also seen in the pictures — there is no headphone jack.

Also, here's another amusing note — users are usually pretty angry when the headphone jack is absent on a phone that costs $1,000 or even $1,500. Well, the Samsung W2018 cost $3,000 in China on release and speculation suggests that the W2019 will launch for the same price. Ouch!

Now, what does that say about the Galaxy S10? Well, it seems that its chances to keep the headphone jack are pretty, pretty slim!



1. Ninetysix

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3. Nionx

Posts: 208; Member since: Oct 30, 2017


2. cncrim

Posts: 1590; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Rule of thumb if it is not broke dont fix it. Wireless is great, if it doesn’t need it own energy source to work.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What?? :/

43. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Actually they removed headphone jack on W2018 too, but S9 and Note9 still have headphone jack, go figure... The source ( ) never mention S10, not even once, but PA decide to spice it up to get more comments and page traffic.

53. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Wireless uses its own battery, wired uses battery of host device.

4. AbhiD

Posts: 885; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

WTF! Samsung you too? You were supposed to be last hope in this cruel world. LeL

7. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think this is a case where we're fighting against the wave of the future. Google resisted for a year, then caved on the Pixel 2. OnePlus for two years, then caved on the 6T. Samsung held out for three years, now it'll go away on the S10. I'm willing to let go of the jack, because I do use wireless headphones, and in a pinch I can use a USB-C dongle with an old pair. But we'd better get something useful in return, like bigger batteries.

16. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I have no issue with them dropping the headphone jack, as it has been more than 2 years since the last time I have used it. But my problem with these OEMs is their hypocrisy and deceiving us, and I'm talking about ALL OEMs, so if there excuse is that they're going for a wireless future, why are you still giving us wired headphones and not Bluetooth powered ones?

72. epdm2be

Posts: 830; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

You are probably some teenager or a student (without driver license). Otherwise you'd peep different. You do know that that audio-jack is not only used for headphones, don't you?

41. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

You can make batteries bigger without removing the jack. All Samsung phones are a prime example. Explain how the 6.1" iPhone only has a 3xxx mah battery considering the phone size, when smaller phones like thebS8, S9 all are at or above 3500mah. Lol Please dude. The jackndowsnt take up that much space. If Samsung does actually do this than so what. Apple wasn't the first even though Samsung hating fanboys article writers who live Apple make it seem Apple.dis it first. Motorola is a major ORM who was making phone way before Apple was even really in any computer game.

50. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

S8 and S9 have 3000 mAh batteries. You are always full of it.

8. talon95

Posts: 1007; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Sure, some phones aren't media devices or flagships. They'd better not drop it on the S10 and I highly doubt they'd remove it from the Note 10.

9. ShadowWarrior

Posts: 170; Member since: Aug 08, 2017

Don't forget that Android follows whatever Apple does. Just look at Pixel and OnePlus phones - first they make fun then they follow. I hope Samsung doesn't do this but they have to cave in at some point.

12. ScottsoNJ56

Posts: 157; Member since: Oct 01, 2017

Everybody follows. Apple followed android with bigger screen, ip 67 and 68

54. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Apple went to big screen when they wanted to, resisted it for a while actually. Not because they wanted to copy android.

56. AxelFoley unregistered

Since you clearly sit on Apple's internal meetings and have information that they've never released publicly describing why they do what they do when they do it, can you also explain their move to wireless charging after everyone else? Or, pull down notifications? Or NFC? Or widgets? Or keyboard covers (after Tim Cooks comparison with microwaves and toasters), know what, I'm just going to go with Apple does its share of following.

57. toukale

Posts: 672; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@Alexfoley - Love it when folks use industry standards as android innovations to bash Apple Things like NFC, LTE, bigger screens, Widgets etc... Got to love it. Widgets have been on pc's since forever and Macs/pc's have had them long before Google even existed. Pull down notifications, love it. The whole world have been using the iPhone/ios template since 2007 and I am tired of it. Instead of bashing Apple, which have shaped the current mobile world we love so much, why not take our anger on the rest of the industry for keeping the status quo that Apple is largely responsible for. Frankly we need to move beyond the current Apple/iPhone templates. I would respect folks more if they took that route, because that's how I feel at this point. Those oem's have even copied Apple's presentation styles for crying out loud. I am also tired of all those keynotes nowadays. Its frankly going out of style as far as I am concern. All those oem's use to announced their products during shows like CES, MWC etc. Apple changed that game to, and everyone does it now.

62. AxelFoley unregistered

@toukale, love it when people subjectively write something off as a "standard" based on no factual criteria that establishes what a standard is. Either way, it paints a picture that some OEMs SET the standard and others follow.....I believe "following" is the subject of this thread. And when you use the word "standard", then by definition, that is something that others FOLLOW unless they are they ones who set the standard. And since Apple publicly bad-mouthed many of the things you call "standards", then my guess is Apple doesn't agree with your assessment of what is and isn't a standard. The template of a phone with icons placed in rows on a capacitive flat touch screen was established is September 2006 by LG Prada, not 2007. Last time I checked my calendar, 2006 is before 2007. So, that gives you one less thing to blame on Apple. And based on your long narrative about "the things you're tired of", the only one angry is you.

63. doublestandardz

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 06, 2018

So wrong. Also Apple copied essential phone with fugly unibrow and copied several things on Android. Copied and updated several Samsung firsts. So Apple has copied much more than lead.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apple also follows Android in some ways. Everyone copies everyone.

42. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Industry standards are not copying. That's why it's an industry standard. Apple didn't copy Samsung having bigger screens. They simply refused to go big until they disnt have anymore ideas and this was something rhey hadnt done.

51. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Just shut up please! Your post doesn't make any sense.

20. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1114; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The Moto Z Force didn't have a headphone jack and came out 3 months before the i7

61. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

The SE W200 didn't have a headphone jack - released 2007.

36. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

What foolish comments that people like this make. Fighting and standing for a company that doesn't do anything for you. By all means copy each other and I'll take what works best. Are we not the copy of others

59. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Motorola was the first to remove the jack, not Apple.

13. ikenvape

Posts: 309; Member since: May 28, 2014

I honestly don't even care about having one in a phone. A tablet however, is a different story.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

If you can care about using wireless peripherals with a phone why can't you do it with a tablet?

33. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I can see his point. With a tablet, you're holding it right out in front of you during use and might want to use top-line wired headphones. With a phone, you stick that thing in your pocket and go hands-free with wireless buds.

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