OnePlus 5T teasers published, hinting on a headphone jack

Audrey Hill
November 3, 2017

OnePlus believes that the quality of sound that is offered by wireless airbuds is not up to the level reached by standard wired headphones, at least at the moment. It is rumoured that the smartphone will ship with a bezel-less design however, a recent tweet from Carl Pei, the company's co-founder, suggests that the smartphone might come with some other under-the-hood tweaks as well. But the company backed off those efforts since almost 80 percent of its customers use the traditional headphone jack and it wants to provide choice for customers.

"For the time being, we think it's best to stick with the headphone jack", Lau wrote, suggesting that, however, the OnePlus 6 (or whatever it ends up being called) may ultimately ditch the beloved port next year. Pretty much every major phone company is ditching the headphone jack in the name of thinness, and while OnePlus isn't committing to keep it around forever, it is intentionally stirring things up when it may well choose to drop the headphone jack in the not-too-distant future. A leaked image from GizChina indicated the launch date for the 5T. Well, simply because the OnePlus 5 already has the fastest processor around - the Snapdragon 835. Even better, super-reliable leaker Evan Blass then delivered the goods yet again with this handsome shot of the new OnePlus 5T in all its glory. In each of the images, the round headphone jack port is clearly visble.

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Further, the company says that 80% of its customers are taking advantage of the 3.5mm jack on its devices. He added to it: "Disagreeing on what it means to be courageous".

Save for Samsung and LG devices, OnePlus is just about the only phone maker left that hasn't moved to either USB C-based or wireless audio - Apple, Google, HTC, Motorola and others have removed the headphone jack from their 2017 flagships. True, they could bump up the camera and the screen resolution, but in raw speed, a OnePlus 5T is unlikely to be any faster. OnePlus 5T will likely sport a more expensive price tag, and we saw this trend with the OnePlus 3T as well.

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