There’s been speculations about the demise of the famous headphone jack that used to be the smartphone norm. If not the complete demise, then probably a slow phase out. However, all of the latest versions of Samsung’s Galaxy phones come with a 3.5mm port, as opposed the devices released by Apple and Google. Apple set this trend in 2016 when it dropped the 3.5mm headphone port. In 2019, the port is still alive and well on all and Samsung phones. It has even become a major selling point for the four versions of the newly released Samsung Galaxy S10.
Most Apple users still haven’t recovered from the absence of the headphone port since IPhone 7. The port has been around for generations. The 3.5mm audio jack makes it possible to grab any kind of headphone at any price and quickly plug and play. But alas, Apple removed the port from the iPhone and several manufacturers, including Google, followed. But not Samsung.
Samsung’s New Headphone Jack Strategy
While the big names in the industry are doing away with the jack. Samsung is keeping it as a premium feature for its high-end phones. So we see that a feature that was once traditional to every phone is now a selling point for Samsung. Even so, this is not the first time Samsung is ditching the trend and sticking with legacy features.
A notable example is how Samsung has continued to include Expandable memory in all of its devices even as other Smartphone companies have dropped that feature. Samsung remains the top smartphone maker in the world by volume of sales and there’s a reason for that. It listens to the demand of its customer and clearly the 3.5mm headphone jack is something they still want.
Maybe, the 3.5mm jack will not live forever. People everywhere may soon get accustomed to new technologies and become ready to forget the analog connection for smartphone audio. But until a better solution is found the headphone still has Samsung to keep it alive.