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. The company held on to the feature in question even when its rivals had ditched it. Just as I was with the Pixel 2, I find myself disappointed that one of the last headphone jack holdouts in the smartphone business is about to fold.
If you really need a 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung and LG are still onboard.
When it comes to OnePlus, we usually see plenty of leaks around its upcoming devices, especially such listings, which do not always list all the correct specifications and features. Pei was quick to note that it is not doing it for the sake of doing it, adding that this had been an option for a long time but the timing just wasn't right, until now.
Now is right time to make the move, said Pei, as 59% of the OnePlus community already own wireless headphones and that figure is increasing.
Compared to the Bullets V2, which were very well received, the Type-C bullets have supposed improved sound quality thanks to a built-in DAC.
"Our original goal with the Type-C Bullets was to bring the audio standards of the Bullets V2 to a pair of Type-C earphones". Like all previous OnePlus smartphones, the 6T will also not include a microSD card slot for further expansion.
TechRadar sat down with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to discuss why the company is ditching the headphone jack from its "next smartphone".
"By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product". He also said that the OnePlus 6T will have better battery life, an improvement that will be "substantial enough for users to realize". And finally, the website corroborated the rumours that the device will come with a "light-sensitive fingerprint sensor under the display".
Thoughts on leaving the headphone jack behind, friends?