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The 3.5 mm audio jack might disappear earlier than expected

Vivo X5 Max with 3.5 mm audio jack, this connector might soon disappear
Vivo X5 Max with 3.5 mm jack
Since the latest iPhone and the HTC Bolt, Moto Z, or the latest LeEco smartphones dropped this old connector, it would not be a surprise to see all high-end handsets abandon it by the end of the year.

Headphones that use the 3.5 mm audio jack have been around for decades, and they are not going anywhere yet. However, it looks like all premium smartphones and phablets will soon launch without offering this connector. It only remains to see if handset users who value the quality of their mobile audio experience above anything else decide to follow the trend or not.

According to ZDNet's Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, "by the end of 2017 all of the top of the line smartphones will not have a headphone jack." He also added that it will not take long after that for the 3.5 mm audio jack to "be regarded by most consumers as a sign of a "budget" device." His top reasons for predicting this evolution are the added cost of using the connector in a design, the fact that the hole allows dirt, dust, or water to go through, and - above all - "Apple's started doing it."

Right now, the most popular flagship to come without the traditional audio connector is the iPhone 7, but LeEco took the same path with its latest smartphones as well, not to mention the Moto Z handsets. Even cheaper devices like the HTC Bolt come without a 3.5 mm jack, but only time can tell if this decision is the right one.

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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-21 (Update: 2017-09-26)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.