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.
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.
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.
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.