OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has officially confirmed the existence of the OnePlus 5T and its name via a forum post on the topic of the 3.5mm headphone jack. The handset is definitely keeping the port and the post delves into why.
There are 2 main reasons why OnePlus is sticking with a 3.5mm jack. The first has to do with audio quality. It seems 70% of people in the OnePlus community prioritize that aspect. Lau thinks wireless earbuds aren’t quite on-par with wired headphones, especially when looking at the limited options in the sub-$200 category.
The second reason Lau highlighted was user freedom. Here he claims that 80% of OnePlus users utilize in-jack headphones, so a vocal majority would be unhappy with having to compromise. The company apparently went as far as to consider a second USB-C port, but decided against it.
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The main advantage USB-C has going for it is that it would make the OnePlus 5T slimmer. This would come at the cost of user experience though, so the brand decided the trade-off wasn’t worth it. It’s good news for anyone who wants a flagship phone but has been frustrated with the recent trend of axing the 3.5mm port.
Lau ends his post by noting that wireless audio has a lot of potential. Perhaps the company will hop on the trend of axing the headphone jack one day, when consumers and technology are both in step with each other. Till then, you can expect the 3.5mm port to stay where it is on your OnePlus phone.