In this Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, photo the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, left, and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus is shown in New York. The Note 10, announced Wednesday, Aug. 7, squeezes in more battery power and other goodies, but at the cost of the familiar old jack. So now the company is doing an about-face and declaring that many people use wireless headphones anyway. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Samsung ditches headphone jack after jabs at jackless rivals


Samsung executives have long poked fun at rivals for ditching the headphone jack in smartphones. With the new Galaxy Note 10, the company will now be doing exactly the same thing.

The Note 10, announced Wednesday, squeezes in more battery power and other goodies, but at the cost of the familiar old jack. So now the company is doing an about-face and declaring that many people use wireless headphones anyway.

Samsung, which for years has pushed bigger and bigger displays, is also introducing a smaller version of the Note for those who think phones have just gotten too big.

The new Note models will come out Aug. 23. The main model is being called the Note 10 Plus and will have a display measuring 6.8 inches diagonally. Though the display is bigger, the overall size is about the same as last year's 6.4-inch Note 9. To accomplish that, Samsung shrank down even more of the bezel surrounding the display.

The smaller, 6.3-inch version will be called the Note 10 and will sell for $949, or $150 less than the Plus. It's designed for those who want the Note's signature stylus without its once-signature size.

"You hit a certain point where you can't get much bigger without being physically too large to hold," Technalysis Research analyst Bob O'Donnell said. "That's the challenge they are running into."

Hardware innovation in mobile devices has been slowing for years. Samsung is addressing that with a foldable model, with twice the display when unfolded. The Samsung Fold is coming in September after Samsung made a few design changes to address problems with reviewers' phones breaking.

Apple is expected to release new iPhones next month. A version that works with next-generation 5G cellular networks isn't expected. Samsung will have a 5G version of the Note 10 Plus for an undisclosed price.

The Note 10 Plus will have a 7.5% boost in battery capacity over the Note 9, though Samsung's high-end phones have already been promising all-day battery life. Company officials say that while the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack might seem small, every smidgeon of saved space can help extend battery life. Samsung is including wired headphones that plug into the phone's USB-C data and charging port. An adapter for other wired headphones is sold separately for $10. Apple and Google also have ditched the standard headphone jack.

But O'Donnell noted the irony: "If you guys gave everybody else grief for doing it, why are you doing it?"

Beyond that, the Note 10 phones introduce new stylus features, including the ability to flip through music and photo libraries by gesturing with the stylus in the air. The phones bring a wider-angle lens already found in the S10 and use software to make audio appear louder — and thus closer — in video recordings when zooming in. And by connecting a Note 10 to a Windows or Mac computer with a USB cable, users can interact with phone apps there and drag and drop files between devices.

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I can't be the only one thinking they have a striking resemblance to Sony's Xperia line.

Anyways, ditching the headphone jack doesn't benefit anyone... So if you have a nice, wired, high quality pair of headphones, you're either forced to buy a new wireless pair or resort to using that little dumb USB C cable... That's really one of my biggest gripes with today's high end smartphones.

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kinda childish to make fun of other makers (re; no earphone jack) and then to do it yourself so quickly! It doesn't make Samsung look good at all

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I still use wired headphones sometimes as there are a benefits to using them. I guess I won't be getting one of these for my next phone.

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It’s quite a trade off. Bluetooth drains the battery quite quickly, so there is very little advantage in ditching the headphone jack to increase battery size.

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My Sony Xperia 1 has that same issue, no jack so have to use that bloody awful usb-c to jack converter. What's really annoying is that Sony don't offer the same converter for general sale and the only one I can get has a second cable for charging and 3rd party cables seem to have compatibility issues.

Still, I did get Sony's nice and expensive $300 wireless headphones as part of the pre-order for the phone. Which is nice.

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So what if my battery is low and I'm listening to music in a library? I listen to music or phone tv apps with headphones on to fall asleep without disturbing others. My battery would die quite fast if not plugged in, or be so drained as to not be of any use the following day. There's a reason our eyes, ears, and mouth are not combined.

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That jack is also a microphone input, which the media rarely ever mentions.

I have used mine professionally to capture high-end audio, including when shooting video. The input on my fabulous LG v30 is well worn, I can tell you.

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Do the hustle-the new Bluetooth 4 has a negligible impact on battery performance, and supports HD audio formats as well.

With the right headphones, the quality is significantly better via Bluetooth than with a cable. Look into the Sony 1000xm3 for example, you can compare them in an electronics store. The headphones have much more space inside to include a long run battery and much better audio amplifiers than what's available inside the phone.

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No headphone jack, no support from me. In Android circles, especially Note owners, this is a big deal. Many fans of the Note are vetoing this version and will upgrading to the Note 9 instead, or waiting for the (inevitable) failure of the Note 10, and a "fixed" Note 11 to include the headphone jack.

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Like it or not, if Apple does something, you better be prepared to do it to. Probably best not to make fun of them or you end up with egg on your face when you end up going down the same path.

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Not buying for this reason. ..

And give us back our swappable batterys !

Dumb move Samsung.

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