In a year where every major smartphone hays been extensively leaked prior to launch, OnePlus is once again one-upping the competition by providing almost every detail about its upcoming OnePlus 6T in advance.
In its press note unveiling the Type-C Bullets, OnePlus quotes its survey to specify that while in early 2017, 80% of users used in-jack headphones regularly, that number dropped drastically in 2018 with 59% of users switching to wireless headsets. We're not doing it for the sake of doing it and because everyone else is.
Maybe what I'm saying is that OnePlus releasing phones in the future without headphone jacks is a huge mistake if I am their only customer.
The Type-C Bullets continue the company's signature earphones design and improved audio quality with built-in high-end, professional DAC by Ciruss Logic.
Speaking to TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei explained why the headphone jack is being shelved: "You've got to make decisions that optimise the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction", he said.
So, moving forward you'll have to use either wireless headphones with the OnePlus 6T, or use a USB-C pair.
"By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product". And finally, the website corroborated the rumours that the device will come with a "light-sensitive fingerprint sensor under the display". According to Pei, the forthcoming flagship phone will bring battery life improvements "substantial enough for users to realise". The earphones will be launched alongside the company's next device - expected to be called the OnePlus 6T - in the coming quarter. This handset's display is only 0.1 inches larger, and that much more screen estate shouldn't dent battery life that much.
Some of this new technology could be for the in-display fingerprint reader, but we'll find out more soon.
But there's no denying that the 3.5mm headphone jack will be missed dearly.