As we reach closer to the launch of OnePlus 6T, more information about the upcoming smartphone has started making it way to the web. Some of them come in the form of leaks and rumours, while few come directly from the company itself. The recently launched Type-C Bullets have already buzzed the internet with speculations of OnePlus 6T ditching 3.5mm headphone jack. Confirming that, the company co-founder has cleared the air saying that OnePlus 6T is indeed ditching out the traditional audio port.
In an interview with TechRadar, Carl Pie, the co-founder confirmed that OnePlus 6T will not be having any 3.5mm headphone jack. It will instead be sporting a USB Type-C port. “When we started OnePlus, we set out to make the best possible smartphone, but making a great phone doesn’t mean putting every component available into the device,” says Pei. “If we were to do that [remove the jack] two years ago, the percentage [of wireless headphones owners] would have been much lower and it would have caused a lot of friction for our users,” he added in the interview.
It is worth adding that less than a year ago OnePlus CEO Pete Lau boasted in a blog post that 3.5mm headphone jack is going nowhere from OnePlus smartphones. He said that 3.5mm headphone delivered better audio quality and was not worth the trade-off.
“At one point, we thought about using another USB-C port to replace the 3.5 mm audio port. The advantage to USB-C is that it would have let us further slim down our flagships. However, the question we asked ourselves was whether replacing the 3.5 mm jack with a USB-C port would bring a noticeably improved experience for our users. In other words, is it worth the trade off? And our assessment was no, this design decision was not worth taking away our users’ freedom to use their favorite earphones and accessories,” said Lau.
But then one of the hints we get from the missing 3.5mm headphone jack in OnePlus 6T is that it may be slightly slimmer than the OnePlus 6.