Samsung may have replaced the 3.5 mm headphone jack in the Galaxy A8 but is likely keep it on the S10 series. According to a video published by reliable leaker Ice Whisperer, a case prototype of the Samsung Galaxy S10 has a cut out for a headphone jack at the bottom of the device, and to its left a USB-C port cut out.
The video puts an end to speculations about Samsung abandoning the headphone jack to join Apple and rest of the world’s smartphone makers in making thinner, full waterproof phones. Ever since Apple eliminated the headphone jack in the iPhone 7, Android manufacturers from Xioami to Huawei have been replacing the port from their phones.
One reason why Samsung isn’t abandoning the headphone jack is the inconvenience it causes to end users. When you force users to adopt wireless by making them use adapters for wired headphones, they’ll perceive these accessories as an inconvenience. Making users opt for hassle-free wireless headphones as worked great for Apple and Xiaomi.
Perhaps, Samsung could turn the headphone jack into a feature available only on the most expensive phones. It’ll be interesting to see how things turn out in the near-future. Someday, we might end up with a phone with no ports, using wireless for everything from power to data transfer.
There’s also no way of knowing if the video published by Ice Universe is legit. It has a track record with Samsung Galaxy S cases, but there’s no way of knowing if this is the real deal. We’ll keep hearing about the Samsung Galaxy S10 between now and the week of its official unveiling, which is in February at the Mobile World Congress 2019.
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