Monday , June 18 2018

Report: Samsung Galaxy S8 won’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack

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Samsung are going to make a move bound to be unpopular with a few when they release the Galaxy S8 next February, according to reports. Sammobile are reporting this morning that the 3.5mm headphone jack won’t be making an appearance on Samsung’s next flagship, meaning that all existing headphones will be incompatible without an adaptor of some sort. Likely Samsung will take a similar approach to Apple and Motorola in ditching the 3.5mm jack, including an adaptor in the box to allow users to use their legacy headsets with the new phone.

Like the Galaxy Note 7, the Galaxy S8 will make the switch from MicroUSB to USB-C, so if you’ve been holding off making the change to USB-C cables, one of the most popular handsets on the market will lose the aging port in its next release.

It’s hard to know how Samsung will sell the move, though at the end of the day, I doubt many beyond the vocal minority will really care; Bluetooth headphones are so cheap and ubiquitous these days that ditching the 3.5mm jack is unlikely to cause major upset. More likely, the move will allow Samsung to make the S8 a little thinner than its predecessor, perhaps freeing up space inside for a larger battery as well.

With its acquisition of audio company Harman, there’s the rumour (if not likelihood) that Samsung will include stereo speakers in the S8 for the first time in its flagship line, a pitch to those who consume media on their devices without headphones (i.e. the bane of public transport).

All we really know for sure is that Samsung will reveal something at Mobile World Congress 2017, and we’ll be there to see what it is and tell you all about it. If you’re looking forward to our MWC coverage, why not show your support to help us cover the cost of getting there?

Chris Rowland   Editor and Publisher

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag. He saw the transition from AMPS to GSM, loved the Motorola StarTac, and got into Palm technologies in a big way. The arrival some years later of the original iPhone, and then the early Androids, awoke a new interest in mobile technology, and Chris has been writing about it since.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Phill Edwards

This must be in response to the massive customer demand for no headphone jack and even thinner phones. Great thinking, Samsung.

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Gray Fox

Didn’t Samsung learn their lesson when they removed the microSD card.

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Another phone to remove from my watch list. I have a perfectly good set of wired Sennheiser headphones and I don’t plan to spend several hundred $$ on a blue-tooth version..

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You could just buy a $30 Bluetooth headphone adapter. Although, I agree having to do this is a bit crazy.

I wonder if the’ll come out with a USB type headphone adapter.

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Who will have courage to buy Samsung phone again?

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People with a working brain.

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Dean Rosolen

You would think Samsung would be avoiding such a controversial move after the dumpster fire that was the Note 7.

Then again, Samsung Pay is a thing too and would be under threat from the various payment card reader accessories that use the 3.5mm jack.

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Not really – Samsung Pay is for *making* payments, those 3.5mm accessories are all for receiving payments.

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