OnePlus 6T will ditch headphone jack, but have better battery

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TechRadar sat down with OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to discuss why the company is ditching the headphone jack from its "next smartphone".

The OnePlus 6T won't have a headphone jack, and I'm less than impressed.

Going hand-in-hand with the news that OnePlus' next handset won't have a 3.5mm headphone jack, the company has just unveiled a new set of headphones: the Type-C Bullets that connect via USB-C.

Where do you stand on the headphone jack these days?

The Type-C Bullets also include a built-in microphone, so the headphones can be used for hands-free calling. "You've got to make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction". According to the company co-founder, more than 50 percent of OnePlus owners are already using wireless headphones - and that was before the company launched its Bullets Wireless headphones. The coolest feature about that screen, though, is that it contains a "light-sensitive fingerprint sensor under the display", which Samsung and Apple have both failed to deliver (while OnePlus affiliate Vivo has). Inside the OnePlus 6T box will be a Type-C to 3.5mm adaptor so you do not have to throw away your earphones. In the battery life department, the OnePlus 6T listing on Giztop suggests that it could be slightly better than its predecessor.

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The last apparent minority of users that'll never be OK with the removal of the jack is the in-car AUX audio user.

But there's no denying that the 3.5mm headphone jack will be missed dearly.

That changes with the OnePlus 6T when it arrives next month and OnePlus seems to be OK with the move. He doesn't give specifics, but the company has already confirmed the 6T will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, which presumably will take up some interior space ( likely more than the current old-school scanner does).

NOTE: The mockup at the head of this article comes from designer Mint on Dribble.

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