Recently leaked information has it that the much hyped 2017 Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship without the 3.5mm headphone jack. Basically, its sound operations will be based on wireless headphones.
If the latest leak is anything to go by, then Samsung’s 2016 flagship smartphone Galaxy S8 will include in the box wireless in-ear headphones. So, will Samsung copy a trend already set by Apple?
Recently released reports suggest that Samsung plans to offer a direct competition to Apple’s AirPods and will thus have its own set of wireless earphones. But as an additional feature, they will have the Harman audio. We should remember that this may not be a new entry for Samsung considering the South Korean company already has its own wireless headphones – Icon X.
No headphone jack, more benefits
When Apple eliminated the headphone jack in its iPhone 7, it stated that the move was intended at achieving higher water resistance and better battery capacity. Removing the headphone jack basically means one less port for water to seep through. It also creates room for a bigger battery capacity while the phone becomes much slimmer.
However, one may argue that Samsung has still achieved all these features in the Galaxy S7 while still maintaining the 3.5mm port. In any case, the company has beaten Apple when it comes to dust/water proof. The Galaxy S7 can remain submerged for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 metres. Apple achieves the same time under water but a depth of only 1m. The difference may seem insignificant but it could mean life-and-death to your phone if it were to fall in a swimming pool.
When Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the AirPods were not included in the box. Instead, what the customers got was lightning port and the option to buy the AirPods separately at $160 (Rs 15,400).
But Samsung may gain a huge edge if it decides to include the wireless headphones in the box as it is currently rumored.
This isn’t a surprise move considering that time and time again Samsung and Apple have been in constant competition with one another. Where one goes, the other tends to follow, or go one better.
In other unconfirmed reports, it is expected that Samsung Galaxy S8 will have an “all-screen” design and cutting edge display. According to Bloomberg, Samsung will do away with the traditional home button and introduce a virtual one, buried in the glass screen.
Generally, each smartphone in the market has a contiguous piece of glass on its front. But beneath the glass, there is a black frame that protects other vital components like the front-facing camera, proximity sensor, the earpiece and home button. This is what Samsung is said to be planning to remove.