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OnePlus 5T will keep headphone slot

Upstart mobile maker says it won’t get rid of standard jack.

OnePlus has said its upcoming OnePlus 5T will retain a headphone slot, flying in the face of industry-wide moves to bring an end to the analogue technology.

In a forum post, OnePlus explained that the new phone, which has yet to be officially announced, would keep the standard 3.5mm port, in response to user demand.

It says that 80% of OnePlus users used wired headphones, with 70% prioritising sound quality.

OnePlus has claimed that switching to headphones that plugged into the device’s USB–C slot would compromise the latter.

“Wireless audio technology has a lot of potential,” wrote OnePlus CEO Pete Lau. “And if you prefer wireless headphones, our flagships have excellent Bluetooth capability for this choice.”

In a swipe at Apple, Lau added, “This is one of those times when we respectfully disagree on what it means to be courageous.”

Apple exec Phil Schiller famously said his company was courageous for ditching the headphone slot from 2016’s iPhone 7.

Since then, a number of mobile-makers have followed suit. The new Google Pixel 2 and HTC’s U11 phones do not come with standard headphone ports.

The OnePlus 5T is expected to launch in the coming weeks.



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