Is it a trend to remove headphone jacks from smartphones these days? We saw iPhone 7 starting off the trend (as always with Apple – the trendsetter) and Moto Z phones followed soon. The anticipated HTC U 11 too is rumored to have to audio port in-built in it. And now, Xiaomi Mi 6 has followed the trend smartly enough.
What’s innovative about this trend? Why is every other smartphone maker ditching the audio jack?
Different reasons for individual companies? Or do they share the single reason as a common one?
Xiaomi said, they ditched the headphone jack because they wanted to fit in a bigger battery in the latest flagship – Mi 6. “Smartphones are highly-integrated products and internal space is precious. By removing the headphone jack, we can save room for other components such as a bigger battery. Audio through USB Type-C is becoming more common, and will continue to provide excellent sound quality,” Xiaomi told.
Didn’t Apple too have a similar reason back at the same of iPhone 7 launch? They called it a ‘century old technology’ which was supposedly holding the company back on its way to come up with further innovation and improvements in their flagships.
What Xiaomi said is quite true, anyway. Mi 6 comes with a 3350mAh battery (the predecessor Mi 5 has 3000mAh battery). Both the phones measure equal in size with 5.15” display. The decision to remove the jack would allow that extra space to fit in the larger battery. Though, Mi 6 is thicker (7.45mm) than Mi 5 (7.25mm).
Other benefits without the audio jack
Apart from Apple’s innovation factor and Xiaomi’s battery space, there are other benefits too if the headphone jack is removed permanently. It gives the option to bring on an improved camera. In this case, Apple and Xiaomi both added dual real cameras to their respective smartphones.
Also, it does make the device water resistant if the jack isn’t there. However, Mi 6 launch doesn’t specify in particular the flagship’s water resistance power, but just said that it would survive splashes!
Xiaomi Mi 6 includes a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with the box for those who are way too emotionally attached with their 3.5mm headphones! We will wait and watch how the Xiaomi fans would react and accept the “jack-less” Mi 6.