Team Android just lost one of the few remaining defenders of the headphone jack. While competitors in the OnePlus price margin continue to keep their jacks overseas, here in the United States we're almost bankrupt for jacks.
Naturally OnePlus loyals with their trusty 3.5mm-ended headphones won't be overjoyed at the news, however they may find comfort in the performance upgrades that ditching the jack allegedly allows. When pressed on why said jack not included, Pei gave similar answers to those given by Apple, Razer, and others.
"If we were to do that [remove the jack] two years ago, the percentage [of wireless headphones owners] would have been much lower and it would have caused a lot of friction for our users", Pei told TechRadar.
There's also a new a USB-C version of the Bullets V2 headphones on the way, and the OnePlus 6T will include a dongle in the box so you can use your old headphones with a 3.5mm connection still. Last week, it confirmed that it will have a fingerprint sensor built into the display.More news: Apple's cheaper iPhone XR rocks bright colours
He's partly not anxious because he said that removing the headphone jack has allowed them to include a bigger battery that will be "substantial enough for users to realize". The OnePlus 6T display will also include a "light-sensitive" fingerprint sensor embedded under the panel and a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on top for protection.
But there's no denying that the 3.5mm headphone jack will be missed dearly. As rumored previously, the Optic AMOLED display on the OnePlus 6T will have 1080 x 2340 Full HD+ resolution with an ultra-tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus, unlike many companies, chose to keep the jack on its flagship smartphones even in 2018, but it looks like the company will part ways with one of the most divisive features in today's smartphones when it launches the OnePlus 6T in Q4 2018.
NOTE: The mockup at the head of this article comes from designer Mint on Dribble. I'll just be over here crying in the corner... again!