Often praised as a steadfast holdout amongst smartphone
manufacturers for its refusal to cave to handset trends that
negatively impact the end user (i.e. removing the 3.5mm headphone
jack), it now seems Samsung is planning to do just that, if a new
Android Police is to be believed.
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Citing a “source familiar with the company’s plans”, the site is
reporting that Samsung’s upcoming
Galaxy Note 10 may finally (and regrettably) ditch the
headphone jack that it’s held onto for so long.
Additionally, the report states that Samsung may also drop all
physical buttons from the Galaxy Note 10, including volume and
power keys, opting instead to use “capacitive or pressure-sensitive
areas” which may or may not be “highlighted by some kind of raised
‘bump’ and/or texture along the edge.”
Along with LG, Samsung is one of the few Android phone
manufacturers to reject the headphone jack removal trend that was
spearheaded by Apple with 2016’s
iPhone 7. Brands such as Huawei, OnePlus, Google and Motorola
have all dropped the 3.5mm socket from their current flagship
Of course, there are numerous reasons why Samsung might want to
remove the headphone jack it’s long fought for: it could provide
additional room for an even larger battery in the Note 10, and may
also allow for a thinner form factor.
That said, the latter reason seems unlikely, given the device
will always need a place to hold its signature S Pen, which is far
larger than the 3.5mm area taken by the headphone port.
While rumors of Samsung ditching the headphone jack and buttons
from its phones are hardly rock-solid, it’s not the first time
either has cropped up – South Korean technology site ET News
reported on Samsung’s supposed desire to remove the 3.5mm port
back in October,
and we reported on the
possible removal of all physical buttons back in March.
At present, there’s no word on whether Samsung is planning to do
the same with next year’s
Samsung Galaxy S11.
Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 could drop headphone jack and all physical buttons