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Samsung Kills Headphone Jack in Latest Smartphone After Years of Mocking Apple



Samsung today introduced its latest smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. It is Samsung's first smartphone with an Infinity-O display, which has a truly edge-to-edge, uninterrupted design beyond a small hole for the front-facing camera.


It's also Samsung's first smartphone without a headphone jack, as Samsung has mocked Apple for over two years over its decision to remove the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016, a trend that has continued through the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.


Justin Denison, Samsung, Justin Denison on the new Galaxy Note7 in 2016, for example. "Want to know what else comes with it?" he asked. "An audio jack. I'm just saying," he answered, smirking as the audience laughed.

And earlier this year, Samsung mocked the iPhone X's paint of a headphone jack in one of its "Ingenius" ads promoting the Galaxy S9.



In the ad, a customer at Apple Store asks if he can use his wired headphones with the iPhone X, and the employee informs him that he wants a dongle. The customer then inquires about charging at the same time, and the employee says he'll need another dongle. "So, a double dongle," the customer says.

To use wired headphones with the A8s Galaxy, a mid-range device for the Chinese market, users must use a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter.

While rumors suggest Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 will continue to feature a headphone jack, it could be the company's flagship handset to have one. In October, Korean website ETNews said Samsung is considering removing the headphone jack from the Galaxy Note10 in 2019 and Galaxy S11 in 2020.

Apple's decision to remove the headphone jack, only to follow suit. Google poked fun at the iPhone 7's headphone jack while unveiling its original Pixel smartphone in 2016, and then the Pixel 2 launches without one just a year later. Well, well, well. How the turntables …


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