The OnePlus 5T - Let's talk about the headphone jack

  1. Pete
    Founder of OnePlus Staff Member Nov 2, 2017

    Pete , Nov 2, 2017 :
    This is the OnePlus 5T render no doubt about that.png

    Hey everyone,

    In the past, we’ve made some jokes on this subject, but today I wanted to dig deeper into our decision to keep the 3.5 mm headphone jack. Whether it’s in the area of hardware or software, our focus is on producing superior product experiences. Every feature, removed or added, is based on our understanding of user needs. For the time being, we think it’s best to stick with the headphone jack. Here's why.

    First, audio quality. When we surveyed the OnePlus community, 70% of users told us that their priority was sound quality. On the whole, wireless earbuds aren't there yet to provide the same quality of audio. Are the best wireless headphones comparable to the best of the wired? That's possible. But as you get closer to the under $200 category, the options are more limited. Keeping the headphone jack allows our users to continue to take full advantage of the excellent range of audio choices on the market. Not to mention our own Bullet V2 earphones. ;)

    Second, user freedom. Nearly 80% of our users use in-jack headphones. At one point, we thought about using another USB-C port to replace the 3.5 mm audio port. The advantage to USB-C is that it would have let us further slim down our flagships. However, the question we asked ourselves was whether replacing the 3.5 mm jack with a USB-C port would bring a noticeably improved experience for our users. In other words, is it worth the trade off? And our assessment was no, this design decision was not worth taking away our users' freedom to use their favorite earphones and accessories.

    Don't get me wrong. Wireless audio technology has a lot of potential. And if you prefer wireless headphones, our flagships have excellent Bluetooth capability for this choice. But our goal from the beginning has been to bring better technology to the world. That's why we prioritize the user and make good technology accessible. Sometimes, industry trends go against our core beliefs. This is one of those times when we respectfully disagree on what it means to be courageous. That's why we're proud to announce that we're keeping the headphone jack for the OnePlus 5T – and confident that our product decisions for our upcoming device will offer the best flagship experience possible.

    Never Settle.
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  2. youbi
    Head Moderator Head Moderator Nov 2, 2017

    youbi , Nov 2, 2017 :
    Glad that you aren't going with the rest of the flow. :D

    Because the listening to music while charging the phone with the type c jack is still to be solved. :p

    Wireless should be the way to go in the future.

  3. mahesh hooda
    Gingerbread Nov 2, 2017

  4. chowaikong
    Eclair Nov 2, 2017

  5. Nauf
    Froyo Nov 2, 2017

    Nauf , Nov 2, 2017 :
    Why are we talking about a jack before the phone itself? :D:D:D

  6. Unusual_guy
    Ice Cream Sandwich Nov 2, 2017

  7. kaghedo
    Jelly Bean Nov 2, 2017

    kaghedo , Nov 2, 2017 :
    Any hints on the 5T specs itself apart from the headphone jack? ;)
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  8. Krishanu Bordoloi
    Froyo Nov 2, 2017

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  9. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Nov 2, 2017

    dsmonteiro , Nov 2, 2017 :
    Shocker!!! OnePlus 5T confirmed!!!!

  10. Tobikage
    Nougat Nov 2, 2017

  11. dsmonteiro
    Community Consultant Staff Member Nov 2, 2017

  12. JLHC
    Cupcake Nov 2, 2017

    JLHC , Nov 2, 2017 :
    It would be interesting to have a phone with two USB-C ports but I agree that it's more realistic to have one USB-C port and one 3.5mm audio port instead.

  13. 1337Reis
    Gingerbread Nov 2, 2017

  14. Deatham
    Ice Cream Sandwich Nov 2, 2017

    Deatham , Nov 2, 2017 :
    good that oneplus isn't mindlessly copying the industrial standard.
    by the way, that Bluetooth connectivity and stability can be improved.

  15. kaghedo
    Jelly Bean Nov 2, 2017

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  16. seanwlk
    Froyo Nov 2, 2017

    seanwlk , Nov 2, 2017 :
    Thanks guys for this decision. It's a pain in the *** buying those expensive Bluetooth earbuds that you later get to recharge and waste time on them.

  17. Hirak_41
    Cupcake Nov 2, 2017

  18. IamSwapnil
    Cupcake Nov 2, 2017

  19. Rafal Jozwiak
    Froyo Nov 2, 2017

    mahesh hooda and Ceasedd like this.
  20. pablofg1978
    Head Moderator Head Moderator Nov 2, 2017