Samsung has been stubbornly resisting the trend to get rid of the 3.5mm headphone jack from its phones, but it might not hold out for much longer. Rumor has it that the Galaxy Note 10 could be the first to drop the port in 2019, followed by the Galaxy S11 in 2020.
A component industry official in South Korea told ETNews that Samsung is thinking about eliminating the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S11. Music would have to be transmitted through the USB-C port. A 3.5mm adapter is apparently going to be provided to people who still want to use their wired earphones.
Why Samsung Is Letting Go Of The Headphone Jack
It’s not clear why Samsung has taken such an extreme u-turn on the headphone jack debate. Apple kickstarted the trend with the iPhone 7 back in 2016 and a number of major Android brands like Motorola and Google have abandoned it in their flagship devices since then.
Samsung was widely praised for sticking by the 3.5mm port even as everyone rushed to drop it from their phones. It’s possible the firm wants to use that space for something else, perhaps installing new parts like an under-display fingerprint scanner.
There’s also a chance it wants to shave off a few millimeters from the thickness of the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S11 so that the pair aren’t too bulky. Bluetooth accessories are gaining in popularity as well, with market researcher Strategy Analytics claiming that the market will hit 73.9 million units in 2019 and 100 million units in 2022.
Samsung already has a pair of Bluetooth headphones to sell to its customers – the Gear IconX. The AirPods have sold very well for Apple, thanks in no small part to the iPhone’s lack of a headphone jack. Perhaps the South Korean brand wants to replicate this success by copying its biggest rival.