The year 2016 saw mobile giants such as Apple and Motorola decide on doing away with the 3.5 millimeter headphone jack in their respective high profile smartphone releases. Is the world’s biggest seller of smartphones also doing the same in the near future? The answer to that question seems to be in the affirmative, at least according to SamMobile’s sources.
As reported by SamMobile, Samsung’s flagship device for next year, the Galaxy S8, will only depend on its USB-C port for audio. This means that if owners of this handset will want to use their own headphones, they will have to either make use of an adapter (which may or may not come with the Galaxy S8), or opt for wireless options.
Much has been discussed about the advantages of eliminating the standard jack in smartphone devices. For one, it would allow more space for a bigger battery, more sensors, and stereo speakers, just to name a few. Or in Samsung’s case, it could grant the South Korean tech giant the opportunity to further narrow the Galaxy S8’s dimensions without having to worry about sacrificing other components.
Rumors notwithstanding, the Galaxy S8 will likely be unveiled a couple of months from now anyway, so Samsung fans need only wait a little longer to find out if the headphone jack on the Galaxy S8 is indeed doomed.
Another question is: will consumers buy a Galaxy S8 without a headphone jack? With the failure of its Galaxy Note 7, Samsung simply can not afford to have so-so sales for its next flagship device. It is good to remember that the company still remains the number one smartphone brand in the planet, so it should be able to bring it on next year. But 2017 is looking to be as competitive a year as ever -- Apple will be releasing its 10th anniversary iPhone, which will probably be awesome, and Google’s Pixel devices should have gained some traction by then, too.
So how can the Galaxy S8 stand out? Camera specs that equal or better those offered by the iPhone 7 and the Pixel should help. On the software side, a proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) digital assistant that should give the Google Assistant a run for its money certainly will not hurt. A pricing strategy could also be useful. Samsung may have lost some pricing leverage because of its Galaxy Note 7 disaster, and if it can offer the Galaxy S8 at a more friendly price (or with an irresistible deal), it just might be able to sway some consumers from buying an iPhone or a Pixel.
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