August 5, 2019
Samsung dongle leak suggests the smartphone maker is killing the headphone jack
Headphone jacks on new smartphones are a dying breed—first, Apple's got rid of the 3.5mm portals on iPhones and other flagship phone makers like Google, Sony, Motorola and Huawei followed suit, with the exception of a few models.
Now, a leaked photo of a dongle appears to show that Samsung is heading in the same direction.
Images of Samsung's upcoming 3.5mm to USC-B dongle have popped up online ahead of the South Korean smartphone maker's Galaxy Note 10 unveiling, which is set to happen in New York on August 7.
A website for Samsung fans called SamMobile released the set of photos on Thursday, reporting that the adapter will most likely come packaged with the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+.
The photos appear to show a short, white cord with a USB-C jack on one side and a 3.5mm audio input on the other end.
While the latest development isn't groundbreaking for most, it may be disheartening if you're a Samsung user who still relies on a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in earbuds. The Korean giant was one of the last major holdouts, so users who swear by wired headphones are increasingly running out of new smartphone options.
If you aren't ready to ditch the cord and use wireless earbuds, you can buy headphones that connect via Lightning cable. Lightning headphones plug directly into the charging port of your device, however, the major downside is you can't listen to music and charge your smartphone at the same time.
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