Samsung gives its reason for removing the 3.5mm jack on the Galaxy Note 10 phones but it's as dumb as you'd expect
A wise man once said: Die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain. Or something like that. The latter part of that statement rings true for Samsung after the company, for the first time, removed the 3.5mm jack on its flagship, the Galaxy Note 10. The company has given reasons for the decision but they're just about as nonsensical as one would expect.
For one, Samsung claims that it took off the headphone jack on the Note 10 phones to create more space for the batteries. How much more space, one may ask? A whopping 100 mAh. Apparently, if the company stuck with the jack, the Note 10+ would've shipped with a 4200 mAh battery instead of the 4300 mAh one it's rated at. The Note 10 would have to make do with a 3400 mAh battery.
This, of course, is particularly amusing considering word on the grapevine claims Samsung has been using a different format—Typical—for rating its batteries other than the industry standard—Minimum. That could mean that the Note 10+ and Note 10 actually ship with 4200 mAh and 3400 mAh batteries respectively.
Even ignoring that, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who'd trade the headphone jack for an extra 100 mAh. No one complains about the batteries on the Note 9 and S10+, proving that 4000 mAh is adequate. And even if it wasn't, an extra 100 mAh isn't going to change anything.
Samsung also claims the jack was removed to improve the haptic system on the phones. Ah, a non-verifiable claim. LG's flagships are known to have the best haptic systems of all Android devices and they manage to also feature headphone jacks.
At this point, it's safe to say that the removal was borne out of a need to sell more accessories. Or ape Apple. Or whatever. But if Samsung says it was a consumer-oriented choice, we're left with no option but to strongly disagree.