Galaxy S21: Samsung won’t bring back the headphone jack and here’s why
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, the follow-up to last year Flagship, is almost there. Today, on the last day of , Samsung will host a virtual one Event ( ), where the latest Galaxy S smartphone is expected to be unveiled a month before last year’s announcement. for months about the new device, powered by . ? Will it have a sleek new design? ?
And the everlasting question: will there be a headphone jack? All we can say now is probably not. But if we’ve learned something since then(on the same day the ) everything is possible.
show a similar design to the S20 series with an in-screen fingerprint reader and a centered pinhole camera. But there is one thing you won’t see in that is a headphone jack that tells us it’s probably not included in the cards for the S21. No headphone jack was mentioned on any of the three models of the S21.
There Has was something unfounded assumption about the reintroduction of the headphone jack by Samsung as some kind of experiment in 2021. The thought here is that a headphone jack might be enough to differentiate the Galaxy flagship from other premium phones like Apple and Google, which have also forced users to switch to either or dongle lifestyle in recent years.
This is an interesting theory, especially if you remember Samsung’s initial reaction to Apple’s initial removal of the headphone jack from its 2016 phone, the iPhone 7. Apple’s move became the punchline at the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 launch event that same year. Andand ridicules the unwieldy dongle setup of the iPhone. But the tide changed and In 2019, it also left the headphone jack on the cutting room floor. , the first of the Galaxy S line that does nothing.
History can repeat itself with the Galaxy S21. When Apple decided not to include a charger or headphones in the packaging of its iPhone 12, Samsung also mocked that decision. But now What’s in the box? Page from Samsung It only lists a USB-C cable (without charging stone), an ejector pin and a quick guide, with environmental reasons being mentioned. The lack of headphones in the box is further evidence against the inclusion of an appropriate headphone jack.. A leak from tipster Evan Blass shows a
One reason phone manufacturers like to lose the jack: thinner frames. Thin is in and a smaller footprint allows for a bigger screen without adding to the overall size of the phone.
Another, perhaps more cynical, reason: the company’s own wireless earbuds should sell better if the phones don’t have a wired headphone jack. Samsung may be offering a pair of wireless earbuds along with the S21 as a pre-order bonusHowever, it is not clear whether this offering will be available in the US.went like gangbusters, probably not least thanks to the cut-out socket on the iPhone. And Samsung has its own line of wireless earbuds that , and , with an equally prolific rumor mill that hyped the supposedly impending one . So it would make sense for Samsung to stick to its decision to say goodbye to the headphone jack. Plus, if the latest leaked promotional slides are correct,
We expect our answer later today atbut in the meantime .
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