When OnePlus 6 was still on its way, people started to predicate that OnePlus 6 would join the team that cancels the 3.5mm headphone jack. As we can see, OnePlus may have borrowed the notch from iPhone X, but they keep 3.5mm headphone jack, not like Apple and Google.
In an interview to Forbes, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei gave an evidence that majority of OnePlus fans still prefer the 3.5mm audio jack.
“The more important question we ask is “how important is the headphone jack to our users?”. The answer we’ve had back is overwhelming. Every year I do a Twitter poll and the number of people taking part increases each time, this year there were over 19k votes, and 88% said they like physical headphone jacks,”
Actually, this is not the first time OnePlus facing the question about 3.5mm headphone jack. Ahead of OnePlus 5T launch last year, the company’s CEO Pete Lau explained why the company hadn’t joined the new industry trend.
“First, audio quality. When we surveyed the OnePlus community, 70% of users told us that their priority was sound quality. On the whole, wireless earbuds aren’t there yet to provide the same quality of audio. Are the best wireless headphones comparable to the best of the wired? That’s possible. But as you get closer to the under $200 category, the options are more limited. Keeping the headphone jack allows our users to continue to take full advantage of the excellent range of audio choices on the market. Not to mention our own Bullet V2 earphones,”
“Second, user freedom. Nearly 80% of our users use in-jack headphones. At one point, we thought about using another USB-C port to replace the 3.5 mm audio port. The advantage to USB-C is that it would have let us further slim down our flagships.”
“However, the question we asked ourselves was whether replacing the 3.5 mm jack with a USB-C port would bring a noticeably improved experience for our users. In other words, is it worth the trade off? And our assessment was no, this design decision was not worth taking away our users’ freedom to use their favorite earphones and accessories.”
Keeping this 3.5mm headphone jack, OnePlus not only lost a chance to make its phone further slim, they also gave up the high water-resistance possibility. As we know, OnePlus is a company attaching great importance to the user demand. They are always willing to listen to the voice of users. Even the promo video of OnePlus 6 is made in accordance with the idea of their fans. Therefore, they gain fans’ favor and go from strength to strength.
Although OnePlus keep the feature of 3.5mm headphone jack, they will release their Bullets wireless headphones on 5 June 2018, retailing at $69. It takes only 25 minutes to charge fully, enabling the user to listen to 8-10 hours of music. It can stream music from Android devices as well as access Google Assitant, and come with exercise-friendly earbuds. As for the sound, OnePlus is using pretty large 9.2mm drivers with a buzzwordy ‘Energy Tube’ casing that minimizes distortion. It also offers AptX connectivity for CD-quality streaming on Android phones, something often missing from headphones in this price range.