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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.
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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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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2017-01-21 (Update: 2017-09-26)