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OnePlus announces super cheap USB-C earbuds

Finally! OnePlus has just announced the product that so many Android phone users have been crying out for for many months: cheap, yet high-quality USB-C earphones to replace the analog ones we can no longer use with our phones that are deprived of headphone jacks. The new OnePlus Type-C Bullets are an upgraded version of the very good Bullets Wireless that I reviewed back in 2016. The Bullets v2 were priced at $19.99, and OnePlus promises to keep the price unchanged with its new USB-C edition, while adding a few design and feature updates. The Type-C Bullets will come with a built-in Cirrus Logic DAC, which should make them compatible with most USB-C devices, including laptops and tablets. Theyll also have a built-in microphone and remote control. OnePlus says itll release the new Bullets at the same time as its next flagship, which we already know will be called the OnePlus 6T and will feature a fingerprint reader built into the display. The specific timing of the release hasnt yet been announced, but if OnePlus keeps to its traditional calendar, both the OnePlus 6T and the Type-C Bullets should be available to buy sometime this November, if not sooner.

OnePlus is dropping the headphone jack from the upcoming 6T

You'll be able to pick up a USB-C version of the Bullets V2 earphones. Apple seemingly hammered the final nail in the coffin for the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack in iPhones Wednesday after dropping the 6s and SE models (the last of its handsets to include the port) from its lineup. Another company is axing the headphone jack too, after OnePlus confirmed its upcoming phone won't include the port. "You've got to make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction," co-founder Carl Pei told TechRadar. "We're not doing it for the sake of doing it and because everyone else is. We believe now is the right time, as it'll benefit the majority of our users while keeping the downside low." Pei said that nixing the jack means there's room for more tech. He claimed, for instance, the new phone will have "improved battery life." The 6T, as the device is expected to be named, will also include an in-display fingerprint reader. More smartphone owners have wireless headphones now, Pei noted, though you'll find an adaptor in the 6T's box to let you plug in your standard wired headset. Apple, for its part, is no longer including a 3.5 mm to Lightning adapter with its latest iPhones. Ready for a new pair of Bullets? Discover the Type-C Bullets earphones in our latest deep-dive on the forums. Alongside the 6T, which is scheduled for release by the end of the year, OnePlus is launching a USB-C version of its Bullets V2 earphones. The company debuted its Bullets Wireless headphones earlier this year at the same time as the OnePlus 6. OnePlus is making the move after proudly boasting since the OnePlus 3 (which arrived a few months before Apple's first-jackless iPhone) that its handsets included a headphone jack. Google's Pixel phone dropped the port for its second incarnation last year too, leaving OnePlus as one of the few remaining stalwarts of headphone jacks. Until now. You have headphones. The #OnePlus3 has a headphone jack. It's not rocket science ;) The decision marks a change in messaging from OnePlus, as the 6T won't feature what's a selling point for many consumers. OnePlus' move leaves Samsung's Galaxy Note 9 among the very few current flagship phones with a standard headphone jack.