Just a few days ago, OnePlus confirmed that the OnePlus 6T will have an in-display fingerprint scanner. Today, it has revealed yet another key info about the phone but one many OnePlus fans may not be happy about.
Co-founder, Carl Pei, has revealed that the OnePlus 6T will not have an audio jack. Yes, the OnePlus 6 may as well be the last OnePlus phone with an audio jack. While this is sad news, we always knew it was going to come one day.
Carl Pei revealed the info an exclusive interview with TechRadar. Although he didn’t mention the OnePlus 6T, is words were “next OnePlus handset”. With the announcement of the Type-C Bullets earphones today and a proper launch in a few months, it is a no-brainer that he is referring to the OnePlus 6T.
OnePlus said they decided to delay removing the jack by two years. Back when other manufacturers were quick to remove the 3.5mm audio jack, Carl Pei said the percentage of users with wireless headphones were low. In a survey carried out this year, they discovered that about 59% of users in their community already owned a pair of wireless earphones and this was before the launch of the Bullets Wireless earphones. The percentage is expected to be higher following the launch of the Bullets Wireless.
OnePlus says the removal of the audio jack brings a number of improvements such as an improvement in battery life. This may mean a bigger battery but Carl Pei didn’t say, although he did say it will be “substantial enough for users to realize”.
It has also been confirmed that the next flagship will come with an adapter in the box for those who want to use their old earphones with a 3.5mm jack but there is no confirmation that a pair of earphones will ship with the device. If OnePlus wants to keep the price low, it will likely not include one. There are also other big improvements not mentioned. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a waterproof rating.
The OnePlus 6T is expected to launch in October and will come with an in-display fingerprint scanner and a water-drop notch.