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, the follow-up to last year flagship, is almost here. On January 14, Samsung will host a virtual event on the last day of ( ), where the latest Galaxy S smartphone is expected to be unveiled, about a month earlier than last year’s announcement. for several months now about the new device, powered by . ? Will it have a sleek new design? ?
And the perennial question: Will it include a headphone jack? All we can say right now is probably not. But if we learned anything in the time ago(same day it ), that is, anything is possible.
shows a design similar to the S20 series with a fingerprint reader on the screen and a centered hole-front camera. But one thing you will not see in is a headphone jack that tells us it’s probably not in the cards for the S21. for all three models of the S21 also did not include mention of a headphone jack.
There have been an unfounded suspicion that Samsung reintroduced the headphone jack as a kind of experiment in 2021. The thinking here is that a headphone jack could be enough to distinguish the Galaxy flagship from other premium phones from similar Apple and Google, which have also forced users to convert to eitheror dongle lifestyle in recent years.
That’s an interesting theory, especially if you remember Samsung’s initial reaction to Apple’s initial removal of the headphone jack from the 2016 handset, the iPhone 7. Apple’s move became a punchline at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 launch event the same year. And, mocks the iPhone’s unwieldy dongle setup. But the tide changed and in 2019, it also left the headphone jack on the cutting floor. , the first of the Galaxy S line to nix it.
History may repeat itself with the Galaxy S21. When Apple decided not to include a charger or earphones in the box with its iPhone 12, Samsung also spotted the decision. But now. A leak from tipster Evan Blass shows a “what’s in the box” page from Samsung that only shows a USB-C cable (sense charging stone), exhaust pin and quick start guide with reference to environmental reasons. And not including headphones in the box is yet another proof against the inclusion of a similar headphone jack.
One reason why phone manufacturers love to lose the plug: thinner frames. Thin is in, and a smaller frame footprint allows for a larger screen without adding the overall size of the phone.
Another, perhaps more cynical reason: The company’s own wireless earphones should sell better when its phones lack a wired headphone jack.has gone like gangbusters, probably thanks not least to the iPhone’s carved jacks. And Samsung has its own series of wireless earphones, the , and , with an equally productive rumor that hyper the supposedly coming . So it would make sense for Samsung to stick to its decision to bid on the adieu headphone jack. Plus, if the latest leaked promotional slides are accurate, Samsung may be able to offer a pair of wireless earphones along with the S21 as a pre-order bonus, though it’s not clear if this offer will be available in the US.
We expect to receive our response on January 14 at, but in the meantime, .
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