One thing that surprised us this year was the handful of devices that ditched the almost obligatory 3.5mm headphone jack. Something so simple, yet so essential to the smartphone experience, we couldn’t help but to sound our dislike of this trend. Regardless, we’ve seen companies like Lenovo and Apple ditch the feature; and it looks like we can add Samsung to that boat.
A report from Sammobile stated that the upcoming Galaxy S8 will not have a headphone jack. This means that the audio will be handled through the USB Type-C port. This will come as an unpleasant shock to those looking forward to the phone, as the trend of using USB audio is still not accepted widely. Sure, the iPhone 7 sold like hotcakes, but this wasn’t as much the trend catching on, as a lot of people just dealing.
This does line up with another report though. It’s been buzzing around that Samsung was really looking to improve the audio performance of their flagship devices. The audio performance of the S7/S7 Edge and the Note 7 was very poor due to the water resistance. This may be a way of bringing a better audio experience, as there are a few benefits to USB audio.
Suffice to say, Samsung has a lot riding on this phone. So far, it’s looking to be a compelling device, but rumors are a bit iffy at this point. Whatever the case, it looks like this is happening. What do you guys think? Those of you who were/are planning on getting an S8, has this affected your decision at all? Let me know in the comments below.