For many years, OnePlus has praised its commitment to keeping the 3.5 mm headphone jack on their phones while other vendors have chosen to eliminate it and force users to go wireless or use an adapter. Everything that runs may end up biting OnePlus in the back but, as co-founder Carl Pei, confirmed in an interview with TechRadar this week that the next OnePlus handset will follow Apple's footsteps and lose the headphone jack.
"When we started OnePlus, we set up to create the best possible smartphone, but making a great phone does not mean that all components are available in the device," said Pei. "You must make decisions that optimize the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction."
"We also had to think of the negative page [of removing the headphone jack] for our users," La Pei til. "We found 59% of our community already owned wireless headphones earlier this year ̵
Pei understands how controversial this decision is and claims that this is the right time and that more users will benefit from the headphone jack than it will suffer at this time. In addition, OnePlus opens the door for "new technology" by removing a component, including improved battery life (although he did not specify how to achieve this). The lack of a jack also allows room for a fingerprint sensor on the display, which has occurred in newer leaks.
It is worth noting that Pei never specifically referred to the "new OnePlus handset" like OnePlus 6T in the interview, but all signs indicate that it is the next OnePlus device. Pei also noted that a new USB-C to 3.5mm adapter will be included in the box and the Bullet V2 wired headphone will have a USB-C connector.