OnePlus 6T to ditch 3.5 mm headset jack, confirms company

Joanna Estrada
September 14, 2018

The earphones incorporate several improvements over the original OnePlus Bullets earphones.

Talking about the new headphone, the Chinese company has claimed that the Type-C headphones are designed for minimal quality loss ensuring superior audio experience when compared to the traditional 3.5mm connector. Given OnePlus typically launches "T" variant within six months of launch of its flagships, it is safe to say that the next OnePlus phone will be called OnePlus 6T.

The new type-C "Bullets" would be based on delivering a superior sound and would be a step up from "Bullets V2", the company said in a statement. "The shape and material used to craft the speaker housing plays a big role in how a pair of earphones sound", Jaden C, Accessories Product Manager at OnePlus, stated in the media release.

He said that removing the regular headphone jack would allow OnePlus to offer two things in the OnePlus 6T: Better audio quality because the USB-C is better technology, and something extra like more battery because the company would be able to use space saved after removing the headphone jack to put a bigger battery or add some new technology. No headphone jack, but more battery life with "new technology" an interesting turn of phrase we'll have to wait for the launch to have explained. The company in the past had said that it was keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack in OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 6 because its users wanted that, even though other makers like Apple and Google got rid of it.

So, what made OnePlus, which once boasted about the feature in its previous versions, drop it now? Ahead of OnePlus 6 launch this year, co-founder Carl Pei in an interview to Forbes had said, "The more important question we ask is "how important is the headphone jack to our users?".

"We also had to think about the negative side [of removing the headphone jack] for our users", Pei added. According to the survey conducted earlier this year, 59% of its users in the OnePlus community have confirmed to own wireless headset.

The company's decision possibly also reflects general acceptance among users who were previously hesitant to move on to this newer technology. We're not doing it for the sake of doing it and because everyone else is. "We knew this was an option for a very long time, we were just waiting for the right time", Techradar quotes Pei as saying.

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