OnePlus is working on a follow-up to OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T. The company's latest smartphone should launch sometime in October, and until then we get a slow, continuous drip of information on the device. The latest news is not so good. The company has revealed that it dumps the headphone jack on OnePlus 6T.
In an interview with TechRadar, OnePlus CEO Carl Pei confirmed that "Next OnePlus Handset" would not have the ubiquitous and universally compatible audio connector. "By removing the sheath, we have released more space so we can put more new technology into the product," said Pei TechRadar. "One of the big things is something our users have asked for: improved battery life."
Looking at another company list is the headphone jack of its devices definitely disappointing. For OnePlus, there is another feature that feels like a continuation of the OnePlus 6 strategy: removal of features that make the phone unique. Compared to the OnePlus 5T of our favorite devices last year, much has changed in the year's edition. The company went from a metal device with slim fittings and a headphone jack to a fragile all-glass device, yet a notch design, and now no headphone jack.
It's wrong that the company knows exactly how much customers do not want this. Before OnePlus 6T, the company was one of the few who still supplied a 3.5mm jack in its devices. And during the OnePlus 6 launch, Pei ran a poll on Twitter and asked its followers how much they appreciated a headphone jack. The results were overwhelming.
Do you like headphone jacks? 🤔 (2018 Edition)
– Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 14, 2018
An overwhelming 88 percent of the 19,000 participants said they wanted the headphone jack. Of course, this was done to promote OnePlus 6, which had a headphone jack, but at one point in the last six months, OnePlus decided that this feedback was not important. The expected replacement is more battery life, which is definitely something we should test when OnePlus 6T comes out.
Now it's significantly more annoying to use a regular headphone (you need to carry around a dongle) OnePlus hopes you will pick up a pair of new Bluetooth headsets or maybe you'll be interested in the new wired USB-C headphones that are also on their way.
While the lack of a headset connector is disappointing, at least the rest of the OnePlus 6T looks interesting. OnePlus is owned by Oppo, and usually OnePlus devices are based on an existing Oppo design. Rumor has it. OnePlus 6T will be based on the Oppo R17, which has a unique teardrop-shaped camera clip instead of the boring iPhone X-style notch like any other user. When all you're stuck is a front camera that turns out, it turns out that it can be very small. These rumors are further supported by some leaked images of the OnePlus 6T package, which shows an overview of the phone that looks like R17. OnePlus has also confirmed that the device will have a fingerprint reader on the screen.