Pei added that there will be "new technology" in the OnePlus 6T, which is facilitated by the removal of the headphone jack.
But even in OnePlus's leaky universe, a pre-order listing going up for the phone, including price and release date, is rather unusual.
In case you haven't guessed it already, we are talking about the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Speaking with TechRadar, the company's co-founder Carl Pei said that the "next OnePlus handset" (which we know will be called the 6T thanks to the usual deluge of online rumours) will not have the jack.
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In its press note unveiling the Type-C Bullets, OnePlus quotes its survey to specify that while in early 2017, 80% of users used in-jack headphones regularly, that number dropped drastically in 2018 with 59% of users switching to wireless headsets. Their reasoning involves the timing being right, that they'll substantially increase battery life and add other tech in place, and that an included dongle will ease the transition.
"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", he told TechRadar. Also, the phone will have a "light sensitive fingerprint sensor under the display", an indication of the Screen Unlock feature expected on OnePlus 6T. To appease its consumers, OnePlus will include a 3.5mm adapter and begin to sell $20 USB-C versions of its Bullets headphones. "One of the big things is something our users have asked us for, improved battery life".
Thoughts on leaving the headphone jack behind, friends? For OnePlus to remove that convenience is certainly a bummer for this crowd. OnePlus, unlike many companies, made a decision 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. I'll just be over here crying in the corner... again!
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