Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

OnePlus co-founder confirms the OnePlus 6T will lose the headphone jack

OnePlus co-founder confirms the OnePlus 6T will lose the headphone jack

The launch of the OnePlus Bullets V2 USB-C earbuds overnight has of course raised the question of a headphone jack on the companies next phone.

OnePlus will be launching the OnePlus 6T as the successor to OnePlus 6 by the end of next month.

He said that removing the regular headphone jack would allow OnePlus to offer two things in the OnePlus 6T: Better audio quality because the USB-C is better technology, and something extra like more battery because the company would be able to use space saved after removing the headphone jack to put a bigger battery or add some new technology.

It's worth noting that Pei never specifically referred to the "new OnePlus handset" as the OnePlus 6T in the interview, but all signs point to that being the next OnePlus device. "We believe now is the right time, as it'll benefit the majority of our users while keeping the downside low", Pei said. No headphone jack, but more battery life with "new technology" an interesting turn of phrase we'll have to wait for the launch to have explained. However, nearly two years later, the company has now announced a new pair of wired earphones, dubbed OnePlus Type-C Bullets.

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If you are among those users who have been hit by the issue, then you can make an appointment at a local App Store. What we do know is that these next three models will come with the ability to be wirelessly charged.

The sound quality on OnePlus Type C Bullets has been improved, thanks to a built-in high-end DAC by Ciruss Logic. This was prior to the release of the Bullets Wireless headphones, Oneplus' first attempt at a personal Bluetooth audio solution. The company has also confirmed in an interview that they would be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack on the OnePlus 6T.

Back in November 2016, Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus launched the OnePlus Bullets V2 wired earphones in India with a price tag of ₹1199. In addition, Pei noted that Oneplus would "include an adapter in the box", presumably meaning those interested in the company's next phone will not also have to buy compatibility with their normal daily headsets.

The decision was based around some of the metrics they see in the user base of their OnePlus handsets, with Carl saying "We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year - and that was before we launched our Bullets Wireless headphones".

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