It’s become common practice in the smartphone world for everyone to copy everyone else. It’s another thing altogether when you openly mock a competitor, only to “borrow” inspiration from the thing that you’re mocking in the first place. That’s why it’s a little funny that next year’s Samsung Galaxy S8 may also be missing the headphone jack, just like the iPhone 7 and the upcoming iPhone 8.

As I’m sure you noticed, one of the biggest criticisms of the iPhone 7 is that Apple took the “courageous” move of eliminating the headphone jack. Users are then told either to invest in new Lightning headphones or take a wireless route with Bluetooth. Samsung said that was silly. Maybe Sammy is changing his tune.

According to a report from SamMobile, the Galaxy S8 is losing the headphone jack too. Similar to how the iPhone 7 only does Lightning, the Galaxy S8 will only do USB-C. One big difference, however, is that the S8 should support both Qi and PowerMat wireless charging, so you can charge and use some USB-C headphones (or speakers) at the same time.

But wait. There’s more.

There is also an indication that the Galaxy S8 will get a new OLED 2k display that will stretch across the entirety of the face of the device. This includes removing the physical home button in the bottom and replacing it with an on-screen equivalent. The fingerprint reader will reportedly be integrated into the screen too, just like on the iPhone 8 that will also be getting rid of the home button in much the same way.


The way things are shaping up, the “killer” features on the Galaxy S8 are going to be very similar to the “killer” features on the iPhone 8 next year. So as much as one camp may bash the other, at the end of the day, we’re much more similar than we are different. Welcome to the iGalaxy.

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