The 3.5mm headphone jack is in a precarious situation. Some manufacturers, including Apple, are trying to get rid of it. Apple wasn’t the first to do this, but the decisions they make tend to impact the entire industry. It seemed like other OEMs would follow suit. Thankfully, Samsung and LG haven’t given up on the headphone jack.
However, other Android OEMs have ditched it. The Xiaomi Mi 6 is a new phone that doesn’t have the headphone jack. Xiaomi shared their reasoning behind the decision:
Smartphones are highly-integrated products and internal space is precious. By removing the headphone jack, we can save room for other components such as a bigger battery. Audio through USB Type-C is becoming more common, and will continue to provide excellent sound quality.
This is the same thing we usually hear. OEMs claim they can fit more good stuff into the phone if they remove the headphone jack. While that may be true, it’s still an unnecessary sacrifice. Is anyone not buying the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 because they are too thick? No. Would anyone complain if they were a millimeter thicker for extra battery life? Heck no.
Consumers want the headphone jack. Sure, anyone can learn to live without it. But you shouldn’t have to do that. What do you think?