The OnePlus 5T, expected to be revealed this month, will likely come sporting a 3.5mm headphone jack, bucking the trend of dropping the analogue port set by Apple’s iPhones.
On its Facebook page, OnePlus posted an image of a stack of its current and previous generation smartphones all showing off their headphone jacks, with a tag line asking: “What do our phones have in common?”
This appears to be a hint that the OnePlus 5T will also come with the beloved analogue headphone jack.
This is the opposite direction the likes of the iPhone 8, iPhone X and Pixel 2 have taken by doing away with the 3.5mm jack and opting for audio to be piped to wireless headphone or offer a dongle that connects to the Lightning or USB Type-C ports of the respective handsets.
So it would seem OnePlus is not so keen on giving up the headphone jack with its next handset, which will be a relief for people who have a preferred set of wired headphones and don’t want to ‘live the dongle life’ by carrying around extra attachments for their headphones.
OnePlus is not alone in wanting to hold onto the 3.5mm headphone jack for a little longer; Microsoft recently filed a patent aimed at creating an expandable headphone jack that could allow for mobile phones to shrink the space needed to fit an analogue headphone connector but still allow for it to be used without any additional attachments.
We expect to find out more about what OnePlus has in store for its next phone this month and if it can outclass its well-received predecessor, the OnePlus 5.
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