Samsung is known for their advanced designs with every new model of their Galaxy smartphones and designing multiple models of the same kind of phone.
It is an advantage to the company as it allows choices to be tested internally while pushing back the decision point as more user feedback is gathered. In the second version of the Samsung Galaxy S9, the 3.5mm stereo jack has been removed, which makes the public unsure of the final product of the phone design.
It wouldn’t be the first time that the company discontinues the feature of certain technology. Various manufacturers have ditched the parts that rely on the usage of Bluetooth audio to carry the sound signal to headphones, or a USB-C to 3.5mm stereo jack dongle.
The previous requires new hardware that needs constant charging, while it is a little too larger than one would expect.
Although some manufacturers are for the jack, OnePlus founder Pete Lau has written that 70% of his company users’ first priority was sound quality and 80% the use of headphones.
The switch to USB-C or wireless would let the next cell phone manufactured by OnePlus be a lot slimmer, although Lau didn’t feel that this gain was worth the trade-off against user experience.