With most of the world’s smartphone manufacturers opting to replace the 3.5mm headphone jack with the USB-C port, some were expecting Samsung to follow suit next year with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The ubiquitous port has not been mentioned in previous leaks, but a new video of a transparent Samsung Galaxy S10 case has surfaced, revealing a cut out for a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom of the device, to the left of its USB-C port cut out.
Like most rumors and leaks, there’s always a chance that things could change between now and the official debut of the Samsung Galaxy S10. The phone isn’t expected to be officially unveiled for at least two more months, so a lot could happen between now and then.
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Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S10 will be more appealing than its competitors if Samsung keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack?
The Galaxy S10 protective case tells us that the 3.5mm headphone jack still exists. pic.twitter.com/QIKSEB8dt4
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While the smartphone notch may finally be on its way out, the trend of ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor or audio over USB-C is getting worse with each passing month. With OnePlus kicking the 3.5mm jack to the curb with the unveiling of the OnePlus 6T just a few days ago, a new leak shows that Samsung has similar plans with its upcoming flagship flip phone — the Samsung W2019.
Leaked images of the Samsung W2019 have appeared on Weibo, revealing that Samsung won’t be including a 3.5mm jack on the device. The phone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with two 4.2-inch displays, a 3,000 mAh battery, dual-rear cameras, Android Oreo and an aluminum frame. Late last year’s W2018, the new device will also come with a pretty steep price tag of at least 21,999 Yuan ($3,200), making it the most expensive device in Samsung’s smartphone lineup
Samsung’s Android-powered flip phones have never been released in the US, but they appear to be quite popular in markets across Asia. There’s no clear indication that Samsung will be eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack from next year’s Samsung Galaxy S10, but it’s clear that Samsung willing to remove the traditional headphone jack to make room for other components or simply to reduce manufacturing costs of its devices.
What do you think the chances are that the Samsung Galaxy S10 will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack?