Samsung follows Apple’s lead by dumping headset jack

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Samsung USB-C to 3.5mm adapter
Samsung users will soon become familiar with this adapter.
Photo: Samsung

The writing is on the wall: Samsung is about to stop building 3.5mm headset jacks into its handsets. There’s nearly overwhelming evidence that the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 10 will ask users to plug headphones into the data/charging port.

Apple made this change years ago.

No 3.5mm headset jack in the Galaxy Note 10

Note 10 and Note 10 Plus “dummy” units obtained by Mobile Fun lack a dedicated audio jack. Also, images of Samsung’s own USB-C to 3.5mm adapter surfaced online today. This will reportedly be bundled with the Note 10, so buyers won‘t have to get their own.

Samsung has held onto a dedicated audio port until now. This spring’s Galaxy S10 series has one. But that’s apparently coming to an end.

Samsung follows in Apple’s footsteps

The iPhone 7 back in 2016 was Apple’s first to drop the 3.5mm headset jack. The company pointed out at the time that removing this legacy port freed up space in the handset for other features. Samsung is almost certainly making this change for the same reason. Just a few years later.

The iPhone comes with a headset that uses its Lightning port. Apple also steers customers toward Bluetooth headphones like its AirPods. Samsung just introduced its own competitor for Apple wireless earbuds.