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The recent news that more or less confirms that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will not have a 3.5 mm headphone jack brings a bad portent for next year’s more mainstream flagship, what will likely be called the Samsung Galaxy S11.
SamMobile reports that it is highly likely and almost inevitable that next year’s S11 will not have a headphone jack either, and that Samsung will likely compensate by bundling Bluetooth earbuds, at least initially, and throwing a dongle in the box.
SamMobile suggests it may just be Samsung catching up with the rest of the industry, and it seems likely that Samsung has a lot of telemetry about how people use their smartphone in any case, and knows exactly how often the headphone jack is used or not used.
I would, however, argue that a headphone jack is a lot like a seatbelt on a car. Unnecessary 99% of the time, until you actually need it, and then you really wish you had it when you don’t.
Hopefully, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will underperform (I am certainly not buying one) and Samsung will rethink removing one of the last differentiating features of their flagship range.