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By Rich Woods
Samsung's headphone dongle confirms no 3.5mm audio jack in the Note10
by Rich Woods
Image via Ishan Agarwal It seems like ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack in its phones a while back, every Samsung phone is rumored to do the same. Instead, Samsung has held onto the legacy port, often mocking Apple's decision to remove it. But it seems that the time has finally come, and this time, the rumors are finally true. Indeed, the Galaxy Note10 will not have a 3.5mm audio jack.
Leaked images from Roland Quandt show the dongle that Samsung plans to release with its upcoming flagship handset. It's everything you'd expect it to be, with USB Type-C on one end and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the other. The real significance here is that it confirms the removal of the port on the Note10.
We're expecting Samsung to announce at least two models of the Galaxy Note10 this time around, one with a 6.3-inch 1080p display and the other with a 6.8-inch QHD display. As far as the chipsets goes, you'll see a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus in the U.S. and a Samsung Exynos 9825 pretty much everywhere else.
The Note10 is expected to come with 8GB RAM while the Note10+ is expected to have 12GB, and they'll both have 256GB of storage. The new flagship smartphones will be announced on August 7 in Brooklyn.
By Namerah S
FCC inadvertently leaks images confirming Galaxy Note10 won't have headphone jack
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
At some point yesterday, July 11, the FCC accidentally posted images of the long-awaited Galaxy Note10 publicly. By now, the US authority has already taken down the leaked pictures. Fortunately, XDA Developers was able to save and post the photos before deletion.
As seen below, the leaked pictures confirm the previous rumor that reported Samsung will drop the 3.5mm headphone jack for its Galaxy Note10 flagship, as well as design renders which have been circulating around recently.
The images show a triple camera setup at the rear and, though unclear, a blurry cut-out or notch for the front snapper which is situated smack in the top-centre part of the screen. Of the three lenses at the back, it is probable that one is a depth sensor of some sort and the other is the flash. Also visible is the S Pen located at the bottom right corner of the device, and the clear lack of an audio jack and the Bixby button.
It should also be noted that the accidentally leaked FCC images don't confirm a couple of other rumors such as the color gradient finish which surfaced a few days ago, courtesy of Twitter user Ishan Agarwal, and the alleged Galaxy Note10 5G edition with 1TB of internal storage.
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ to its Samsung Unpacked event on August 7, where the smartphones will be unveiled. Further details such as price and technical specifications will be confirmed then.
Samsung reported to be dropping 3.5mm jack with Galaxy S11 and Note 10
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
Following Apple's decision to kill the headphone jack on its devices in favour of the wireless audio experience provided by AirPods, a debate has been raging among the tech community as to whether it's time to finally say goodbye to the beloved port. According to a new report, Samsung seems to think, yes, it is.
ET News, one of the more reliable Korean outlets responsible for outing Samsung's future plans numerous times prior, has now penned a report suggesting the company will do away with the old-school 3.5mm headphone jack with the release of the Galaxy Note10 next year or, at the latest, with the Galaxy S11 in 2020.
The wireless earphones market has grown significantly in recent years, and this may be part of why Samsung is apparently willing to ditch the antiquated port, which has been with us since the 1950s. The smartphone manufacturer will likely also adopt the dongle life going forth, as the report suggests a headphone jack to USB-C adapter will be included in the box with future devices.
That means the Galaxy S10 may be the last flagship from the South Korean giant to feature a headphone jack. With two of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world dropping support for it, it seems the days of the headphone jack are numbered, indeed.
Source: ET News
By Timi Cantisano
Razer defends the absence of the headphone jack on Razer Phone
by Timi Cantisano
It was only a few days ago that Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan took to Facebook to reveal details about improvements that were coming to the Razer Phone. Now, the CEO has once again shared some thoughts on Facebook, responding to criticism in regards to the smartphone not having a proper headphone jack.
It is always a big decision when it comes to removing a headphone jack from a smartphone, but the general consensus, for now, is that it is a negative move towards consumers. Razer tried to back up the decision by stating that the removal of the jack from the phone allowed the company to add a larger battery, with an increase of around 500mAh. It also states that it was able to improve thermals that make for better performance
Tan was also quick to mention that despite the phone not having a headphone jack, Razer made sure to include a dedicated 24-Bit THX Certified DAC adapter with every phone, so that users could get the best possible experience, better than a standard audio jack. While these are excellent points, as long as there are companies like Samsung and LG that are including it, it will almost always be seen as a hostile move.
Source: Min-Liang Tan (Facebook) via Android Authority | Image via Razer
By Timi Cantisano
OnePlus may retain headphone jack in upcoming unannounced handset
by Timi Cantisano
As we start November, the question arises as to whether OnePlus will debut its rumored successor to the OnePlus 5T. As leaks about its specifications and renders of what it looks like appear on the internet, the firm and its co-founder Carl Pei, have had a bit of fun through their respective Twitter accounts over the past weeks, teasing that something new might be on the horizon.
Today, it was the OnePlus account that offered up an interesting image of a stack of OnePlus phones from its past, all showing off their headphone jacks. The caption reads "what do our phones have in common?" which could suggest that its next offering might also come with a 3.5mm jack. While this isn't a huge feature, the jack has been omitted from many top-tier handsets by its competitors this year, making it more of a coveted feature.
While there isn't a hard date as to when this handset could be announced, rumors have stated that it should arrive in the coming weeks.
Source: OnePlus (Twitter)