Apple’s arch rival Samsung is all set to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in its next flagship device the Samsung Galaxy S8 which releases next year. The news comes after Samsung reportedly scrapped its dual camera setup a few weeks ago.
Galaxy S8 will feature a Type-C port instead of the 3.5mm jack for its audio output. This means that users will either have to connect through headphones which are compatible to this port or use wireless headphones much like Apple’s ‘Airpods’. For those who do not want to change their existing headphones have an option to use an USB Type-C to 3.5mm Audio Jack adaptor but this may deteriorate the audio signal quality.
Samsung was bound to adobt the latest in technology to remain in the already heated competition with the entrance of tech-giant Google in the smartphone market that launched its Pixel devices this year. Recalling that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was the first device to come with the USB Type-C port, this decision does not comes as a surprise.
Apple initially drew intense criticism when it first abolished the 3.5mm jack in its flagship iPhone7 earlier this year but was later received well among the masses after realization of better quality sound output than the earlier jack and other benefits.
Chances are that with the removal of headphone jack the S8 will be getting slimmer with improved vibration feedback. Also the device may even house a bigger battery without compromising on its design. The modification definitely has as a disadvantage that users will not be able to listen music and charge the phone at the same time.
Samsung will be unveiling its next addition S8 at the Mobile World Congress which takes place in Barcelona in the month of February. With an early release slated for next year, it will be great to see how Samsung bounces back after its setback with the battery explosions in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 which led to worldwide unrest.