The OnePlus 6T has no headphone jack and I'm less than impressed. Just like when I was with Pixel 2, I notice that I'm disappointed that one of the last hold-outs of the headphone output in the smartphone company is about to fold. While competitors in the OnePlus price range keep their jackets abroad, we are almost bankrupt here in the United States for farmers.
The absence of the headphone jack of the next OnePlus smartphone was confirmed by none other than OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei. Although Pei did not mention the name of the OnePlus 6T by name, he confirmed that the "next OnePlus handset" would not have a headphone connection. When pressing why the mentioned jack was not supplied, Pei gave similar answers as those given by Apple, Razer and others.
SEE ALSO: our OnePlus 6 Review (complete with connection)
"You have to make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that things that offer user value can sometimes cause friction," Pei told TechRadar. "We found that 59% of our community already had wireless headphones earlier this year … If we did that two years ago, the percentage would have been much lower and it would have caused a lot of friction among our users."
Pei pointed out that removing the phone's headphone jack meant that they were able to "put more new technology into the product." Although Pei did not confirm what this meant, it would point well to the in-display fingerprint reader and / or a larger battery. Pei mentioned "improved battery life" in the interview immediately after the addition of new components was mentioned after the headphone jack was removed – so we'll see.
Apparently, the OnePlus 6T will be delivered with a headphone jack in the box, similar to what Apple and Google did with their first non-jacked smartphones. So maybe things will not be as horrible as they initially seemed?
The last apparent minority of users who will never be happy with the removal of the connection is the AUX audio user in the car. There the solution must always be a headphone connection. Unless there is a better way to use both the power (USB power supply) and the audio in a reliable way at the same time. For OnePlus to remove that convenience is definitely a buster for this crowd.
Perhaps what I want to say is that OnePlus will release phones in the future without headphone connections is a big mistake if I'm their only customer. And of course I am not. If it is time to switch to this future in which a little extra battery and / or other peculiarities of which we have not yet heard are more important, then it is only. I'll just cry in the corner again … again!
NOTE: the mockup at the beginning of this article is from designer Mint on Dribble. Neato!