The OnePlus 6 is one of the best Android flagship phones with a headphone jack, but its eventual successor — expected to be called the OnePlus 6T — wont have one, according to OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei. In an interview with TechRadar, Pei said the decision was justified. We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year - and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones, he said. Its not that OnePlus reasoning is to go on a crusade against the headphone jack. The company wants to deliver an optimal set of features, and Pei thinks that its worth removing the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of something better: battery life. By removing the jack weve freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product, he said. To soften the blow, OnePlus is offering alternatives in the form of USB-C headphones, if you must have wired headphones with the upcoming OnePlus 6T. Of course, youll be occupying the only available port on the phone, which is far from ideal if youre low on a charge, even with the promise of better battery life. With OnePlus bowing out on headphone jacks, Samsung and LG remain as the last two globally known manufacturers with flagship phones that still have headphone jacks.
Welp. After making a show of keeping the headphone jack around for a few extra generations, OnePlus is finally succumbing to the inevitable. The company tweeted an image of USB-C headphones and confirmed that the port will bite the dust on the upcoming 6T. Youve 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 found 59 percent of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year – and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones. Ready for a new pair of Bullets? Discover the Type-C Bullets earphones in our latest deep-dive on the forums. OnePlus made a bit of a show keeping the feature around, with Pei polling users on Twitter. The results were overwhelmingly pro-jack. That OnePlus maintained the input for a few more models makes sense — the company has long prided itself on the direct line of communication it maintains with its fan base. And besides, forcing users to buy pricey Bluetooth headphones would have gone a ways toward counteracting the companys focus on budget. Of course, there are plenty of cheap options these days, including the aforementioned $69 OnePlus bullets. The move leaves a smattering of headphone jacks remaining on flagship phones, including, most notably, Samsung. As for what its adding, among other things, the upcoming 6T will be among the first handsets in the U.S. to sport an in-display fingerprint reader.