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It used to be the case that if you wanted to move forward, you added more things. The camera needs more megapixels. The processor needs more gigahertz. These days, it seems like we need to remove things. Get rid of those bezels. Get rid of those cables. And with the upcoming OnePlus 6T, it’s apparently time to get rid of the headphone jack too.

According to an exclusive report obtained by TechRadar, the upcoming flagship killer will be getting rid of the legacy 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s certainly not the first phone to do this and it won’t be the last.

Perhaps something that’s a little curious is just how proud OnePlus was to retain the headphone jack in the current OnePlus 6. At the time, they said they listened to their customers and the headphone jack was high on their list of requests. So, they kept it. But for the OnePlus 6T, they will not.

Call it a “courageous” move if you must. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei indicated in his interview with TechRadar that they “believe now is the right time, as it’ll benefit the majority of our users while keeping the downside low.” He says that “making a great phone doesn’t mean putting every component available into the device.”

So, what’s the upside to ditching the headphone jack? More customers have wireless headphones now than they did when the OnePlus 6 came out. More importantly, getting rid of the legacy port means they’ve “freed up more space,” which makes it easier to provide “improved battery life” that would be “substantial enough for users to realize.”

But fret not, whether you’re getting the new phone from T-Mobile or unlocked direct from OnePlus, they’re included an adapter in the box so you can still use your 3.5mm headphones normally. And the Bullets V2 wired headphones will have USB-C.


Oh, and you can expect the notch to return too. Because that’s the 2018 thing to do.

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