The OnePlus 6T will NOT feature a headphone jack. That’s right: the jig is finally up, no more headphone jack support on OnePlus phones.
For many, this won’t be an issue. A lot of people have now switched to wireless headphones, but for some – a silent majority, I imagine – this move will be met with disdain.
OnePlus was one of the last remaining phone makers that supported headphone jacks, but now the game is officially over. If you use this phone, you will have to invest in some wireless headphones.
And that kinda sucks; though you do have some awesome options. I use NoonTech HAMMO Wireless headphones, have done for about a year now, and the reason for this is simple: the battery life is incredible – it just goes and goes and goes.
Another key feature of the OnePlus 6 will be its in-screen fingerprint sensor, a move Apple wanted to implement on this year’s iPhones but failed to do so.
The display will also be better too, covering off almost the entirety of the front of the phone.
OnePlus will also update the camera as well, hoping to match Google and Apple’s technology head-on.
But… Why Kill The Headphone Jack?
Apparently, it wasn’t an easy decision to come to. Speaking to CNET, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei said the following on the removal of the headphone jack from the OnePlus 6T.
“This has been one of the most difficult decisions for us to make,” Lau said, talking about the headphone jack. “The most difficult task in the day-to-day is… finding a balance in what’s ultimately going to be part of the end product and what has to be said ‘No’ to.”
Another reason for the removal of the headphone jack is to do with new technology inside the phone. According to Pei, the new in-screen fingerprint sensor takes up quite a bit of room, and that something had to be nixed.
And that something was the headphone jack, sadly.
Interestingly, the in-screen fingerprint sensor was supposed to debut inside the OnePlus 5T, but the technology was too slow, so it was nixed until now.
OnePlus 6T Will Cost More Than OnePlus 6
How much more? About $21, according to the latest leaks. Word on the street suggests the OnePlus 6T price will start from $550 – so, $21 more than the OnePlus 6.
The OnePlus 6T also will not have wireless charging either. Why? OnePlus feels its Dash Charge system is superior. The omission of wireless charging will also likely help OnePlus keep the component cost down as well.
OnePlus Ain’t Payin’ For Water Resistance Either
Another expensive aspect of getting a phone certified as water resistant is putting it through the pertinent tests to get the official rating.
OnePlus is not doing this. And it’s logic is fairly solid: “The number of users that are taking their phone to go swimming are few and far between,” he said, adding that having everyone pay $30 more “for the sake of an IP rating,” is “unreasonable.”
The OnePlus 6T will be “kinda” water resistant, but you definitely won’t want to go swimming with it…
The handset will launch on October 17.