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Xiaomi Defends Removal of 3.5mm Audio Jack on The Mi 6

by Habeeb Onawole 8

When Xiaomi announced the Mi 6 last week Wednesday, fans of the brand were disappointed to find out that it lacked a 3.5mm jack. If anyone had predicted a year ago that Xiaomi would follow Apple’s footsteps in ditching the audio jack, no one would have believed him.

Xiaomi is not the only Chinese manufacturer to toe this line. LeEco is another example and actually the first manufacturer in the world to do so. However, they make up for it with the CDLA technology bundled with the phone. They also released the world’s first USB Type-C headphones that takes advantage of the technology.

While most manufacturers will defend the removal of the audio jack as a sacrifice to make the phone waterproof, Xiaomi can’t play that card. The Mi 6 is just splash resistant. That means you can’t dunk it in water or take it for a swim. So what then is the reason for the removal?

Xiaomi Mi 6 3.5mm Audio Jack

An official statement by Xiaomi via their Weibo account says the removal was to make space for other components such as a bigger battery. They also had to keep apart the charging interface and data transfer interface of the phone which would not be possible without the removal of the audio jack.

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The Xiaomi Mi 6 comes with a USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack, so you can still use your existing headphones. Let’s hope Xiaomi releases a proper USB type-C headphone in the near future.

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  • androwin

    Galaxy S8 (and LG G6) has this port and it’s even water-resistant and it doesn’t need the claimed ‘space’!

    The real reason why Xiaomi removed the port is to save some CA$H and to look like Apple that’s all.

    • Bebeto

      F*ck! Yeah!

  • Rick Flair

    I call bs

  • I honestly don’t think it’s a that big of a deal?
    If you’re using a cord… now your cord is a little longer (adapter).
    Therefor you get better audio. Can’t change it? Embrace it.

    • NextHype

      Better audio is a lie. You’ll always have to convert your numeric signal to an analogic one. So, better have a great DAC in your phone than a small DAC in your headset.

      The size of the cord isn’t a problem, but having to keep an adaptator on me everyday is a pain in the ass.

      Can’t change it => Don’t buy it

  • NextHype

    They can argue all they want => no jack no purchase

  • mudi1

    they removed 3.5 mm jack and supplying a type-C to 3.5 mm adapter same as apple.
    i am 100% sure xiaomi is going to launch new wireless headphones thats why they removed 3.5 mm jack.
    Again same as apple ……….. thats ridiculous

    Grow up xiaomi and learn something from samsung…. if you know the meaning of learning.

  • Ismail Mohd Yusof


    Suck it xiaomi

    From Rn3pro owner