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Samsung may be keeping the headphone jack with the Galaxy S9 and S9+

By Polycount · 11 replies
Feb 9, 2018
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  1. The smartphone industry's recent shift towards the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack has been controversial, to say the least. Regardless, most major smartphone makers are moving forward without it, opting to promote their wireless earbud alternatives instead.

    However, it seems Samsung may be going against this trend if recent leaked images of the Galaxy S9 are anything to go by. Though the images seem to be centered around the upcoming Samsung DeX Pad, they clearly show what appears to be a Galaxy S9 device with its headphone jack intact.

    This information was previously confirmed by VentureBeat through "someone briefed on the company's plans" but now we may have additional proof. At the time, the source offered a few details on the S9 and S9+'s potential hardware configurations, saying the S9+ will offer 6GB of RAM versus the S9's 4GB.

    Both device models will reportedly include 64GB of internal storage. As far as display goes, the S9 and S9+ will feature 5.8" and 6.2" edge-less Super AMOLED displays, respectively.

    The previously mentioned DeX Pad will serve as a dock for the phone, allowing users to lay it flat for use as a touchpad or a virtual keyboard.

    Though Samsung's apparent decision to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack with their upcoming flagship phones will likely please many, users may have to pay a premium to take advantage of it. As we reported on Wednesday, rumors suggest the S9's base model could cost between $875 and $925 on release.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,751   +3,172

    Looks like they are paying attention after all ......
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,680   +1,928

    I don't understand why removing the headphone jack is even a thing.... It's not hurting anything and tons of people still use it.
    Theinsanegamer and treetops like this.
  4. Footlong

    Footlong TS Addict Posts: 123   +62

    Because Apple did it. Apple can get away with almost anything, like mac pro. Now others think they can do the same.
  5. Greg S

    Greg S TechSpot Staff Posts: 1,560   +436

    I like the idea of wireless earbuds, but the implementation isn't good enough yet for me to want to spend the money for them. I want quality equal to my wired earbuds with at least 8+ hour battery life before wireless are really ready to replace wired.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,680   +1,928

    I like having the option to use either Bluetooth or wireless. I use wireless at the gym, but I keep a wired pair just in case I didn't charge the battery. I also don't have Bluetooth in my car so I have to use the aux jack
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,346   +3,581

    Oh thank god! That will make it worth a hundred bucks more, just by leaving the old style parts on!
  8. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,424   +1,587

    Good. Now if they would go against the grain on the battery front by giving us a removable battery, I might think about purchasing a phone from them.
  9. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,207   +1,648

    I'm mot sure what the price the phone will have (nor do I care since I never bought a top end phone because the prices are just silly), but I do like using my wired $100+ headphones with my phone :D
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,346   +3,581

    Samsung is likely beginning to suffer, "paranoid delusions of Applehood", so the price of their flagship phone, is likely to be similar to that of the iPhone X, which puts it at about $1000.00 US.

    They also have to front end load the price of the phone, since Apple would likely win any patent infringement lawsuit it lodges against them in US Federal court, whether any infringement exists or not.

    Not to mention if the phone is priced reasonably, the phone snobbery elite, won't think it's worth buying.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2018
    darkzelda and Puiu like this.
  11. Polycount

    Polycount TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 1,395   +323

    For what it's worth, I'm with you. I refuse to buy a new phone without a 3.5mm jack. In my mind, smartphone makers decided to remove a feature nobody asked to be removed, for no actual gain.

    Very happy to see Samsung keeping it (for now), even if the S9 is a bit out of my price range for the time being.
    darkzelda likes this.
  12. darkzelda

    darkzelda TS Evangelist Posts: 344   +141

    I don't see the point in removing it, I wouldn't buy a phone without it, I really like the pair of wired, high fidelity headphones I have right now.

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