OnePlus is engaged on a followup to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T. The corporate’s newest smartphone ought to launch someday in October, and till then we’re getting a sluggish, continuous drip of data on the system. The most recent information will not be so nice. The corporate has revealed that it is dumping the headphone jack on the OnePlus 6T.
In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei confirmed that the “subsequent OnePlus handset” wouldn’t have the ubiquitous and universally appropriate audio jack. “By eradicating the jack we have freed up more room, permitting us to place extra new know-how into the product,” Pei instructed TechRadar. “One of many massive issues is one thing our customers have requested us for: improved battery life.”
Seeing one other firm strip the headphone jack off its gadgets is unquestionably disappointing. For OnePlus, it is one other transfer that appears like a continuation of the OnePlus 6 technique: eradicating the options that makes the telephone distinctive. In comparison with the OnePlus 5T—certainly one of our favourite gadgets of final 12 months—lots has modified for this 12 months’s version. The corporate went from a steel system with slim bezels and a headphone jack to a fragile all-glass system, yet one more notch design, and now no headphone jack.
What’s loopy is that the corporate is aware of precisely how a lot its clients don’t want this. Earlier than the OnePlus 6T, the corporate was one of many few nonetheless transport a three.5mm jack in its gadgets. And within the run as much as the OnePlus 6’s launch, Pei ran a ballot on Twitter asking his followers how a lot they valued a headphone jack. The outcomes have been overwhelming.
Do you want headphone jacks? 🤔 (2018 version)
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 14, 2018
An amazing 88 % of the 19,000 individuals mentioned they wished the headphone jack. In fact, this was achieved to advertise the OnePlus 6, which had a headphone jack, however in some unspecified time in the future within the final six months OnePlus determined this suggestions wasn’t vital. The supposed tradeoff is extra battery life, which is unquestionably one thing we’ll take a look at when the OnePlus 6T comes out.
Now that utilizing a pair of regular headphones is considerably extra annoying (you will want to hold round a dongle), OnePlus most likely hopes you will decide up a pair of its new Bluetooth headphones, or maybe you’d have an interest within the new wired USB-C headphones which might be additionally on the best way.
Whereas the shortage of a headphone jack is disappointing, no less than the remainder of the OnePlus 6T is wanting attention-grabbing. OnePlus is owned by Oppo, and normally OnePlus gadgets are based mostly on an current Oppo design. Rumor has it the OnePlus 6T shall be based mostly on the Oppo R17, which has a novel teardrop-shaped digicam cutout as a substitute of the boring iPhone X-style notch that everybody else is utilizing. When all you are placing within the notch is a front-facing digicam, it seems it may be actually small. These rumors are additional backed up by some leaked photographs of the OnePlus 6T packaging, which reveals an overview of the telephone that appears identical to the R17. OnePlus has additionally confirmed that the system could have an in-screen fingerprint reader.