Ever since Apple iPhone 7 ditched 3.5mm headphone jack in September 2016, many Android manufacturers follow suit and make it the trend over the whole industry. Samsung, as one of the smartphone giants, is praised for its sticking to this little jack on the flagships for many years. And since Samsung Galaxy S10 still kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, some may wonder if there’s possibility that Samsung would do the same on S20, at least not giving it up completely. However, the fact is, the headphone jack is all but dead now no matter for the lower configured S20 or the premium S20 Ultra.
Story of 3.5mm Headphone Jack and Smartphones
Samsung’s S line is known as its persistence to 3.5mm headphone jack. The Galaxy S8, S9, and S10 all come with a headphone jack which rides against the trend in flagship smartphones. Apple, Huawei, Xiaonu, OnePlus, OPPO, Sony, Motorola, Google, ZTE, and others are examples of removing the practical feature regardless of consumers’ inconvenience. The common explanation is that the abandoning of headphone jack saves more space for bigger battery, but the the more logical reason may lie in the promotion of wireless earphones and USB-C. For instance, Samsung this time released Galaxy S20 series together with Galaxy Buds Pro, and promised to bundle a pair of Buds with S20 as a bonus, though only for pre-orders and certain regions. On the other hand, no 3.5mm headphone jack would be helpful in seling its AKG-bundled Type-C earphones. Of course, just as Galaxy Note 10, S20 still doesn’t have a USB-C audio adapter.
What to Do with Such a Situation?
Now that even Samsung has finally jumped up the no-headphone-jack bandwagon, we have to accept that there’s bound to be fewer and fewer smartphones with headphone jack in the future. Luckily, if you lower your expectation for a phone a little bit, you still have a lot of phones to choose from: affordable flagships and upper mid-range phones from Xiaomi, Realme, ViVo, and Huawei are sensible choice with a rather good configuration; more importantly, they have 3.5mm headphone jack. If you want a flagship smartphone, you could either have an audio adapter and a Type-C headphone, or just have a premium wireless headphone.
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