Rumour: Samsung Galaxy S8 will drop headphone socket

Alex Kidman 7 December 2016 NEWS

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Will Samsung follow Apple’s "courage" model and ditch the cable?

While it was widely rumoured before its launch, Apple’s move to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus still took the world by surprise, if only because Apple described the move as "courageous". That led to a certain amount of online mockery, but if rumours swirling around at the moment prove correct, Apple might not be the only company feeling a little bit of courage.

According to Sammobile, the latest leaks around the Galaxy S8 suggest that Samsung isn’t planning to incorporate a headphone jack into its replacement for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge at all. It’s suggested that the only external port on the Galaxy S8 will be a USB C port, which would follow the industry adoption of USB C across phones such as the Google Pixel XL, HTC 10 and of course Samsung’s own ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.

While it’s not yet confirmed by Samsung, and we wouldn’t expect it to be until the phone’s official unveiling, the move could have serious implications for the more widespread dropping of the headphone jack across other mobile devices. While it wouldn’t be the first Android manufacturer to offer a phone without headphone jack, Samsung is easily the largest Android manufacturer. Shifting away from the headphone jack on its flagship line would rather open the floodgates for other manufacturers to follow suit.

It’s expected that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S8, and presumably a Galaxy S8 Edge or Note 7 replacement, just prior to the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. That would suggest an announcement date of 26 February 2017, with availability most likely before the end of March 2017.

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