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Galaxy S21: Samsung wont bring back the headphone jack, and heres why – CNET

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This story is part of CES, where our editors will bring you the latest news and the hottest gadgets of the entirely virtual CES 2021.

Samsung’s Galaxy S21, the follow-up to final 12 months’s Galaxy S20 flagship, is sort of right here. On Jan. 14, Samsung will host a digital Galaxy Unpacked occasion on the final day of CES (here’s how to watch live), the place the newest Galaxy S smartphone is predicted to be unveiled, a couple of month sooner than final 12 months’s announcement. Rumors have been circulating for months now in regards to the new gadget, fueled by leaks galore. Will the Galaxy S21 come with a stylus? Will it sport a glossy new design? Will it replace the Galaxy Note line

And the perennial query: Will it embody a headphone jack? All we are able to say proper now could be, most likely not. But when we realized something within the time since Samsung released its last Galaxy S flagship (the exact same day the novel coronavirus was officially christened COVID-19), it is that something is feasible.

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Leaked teasers for the Galaxy S21 present an identical design to the S20 lineup, with an in-screen fingerprint reader and a centered hole-punch entrance digicam. However one factor you will not see within the leaked images is a headphone jack, which tells us it is most likely not within the playing cards for the S21. More recent leaks showing Samsung’s specs for all three fashions of the S21 additionally didn’t embody point out of a headphone jack. 

There has been some unsubstantiated conjecture about Samsung reintroducing the headphone jack as a form of experiment in 2021. The pondering right here is {that a} headphone jack could possibly be sufficient to distinguish the Galaxy flagship from different premium phones from the likes of Apple and Google, which have additionally pressured customers to transform to both the wireless earbud or dongle way of life lately.

It is an attention-grabbing concept, particularly in case you keep in mind Samsung’s preliminary response to Apple’s authentic removing of the headphone jack from its 2016 handset, the iPhone 7. Apple’s transfer turned a punchline at Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 launch occasion that very same 12 months. And ads for the Galaxy Note 8 went a step further, mocking the iPhone’s unwieldy dongle setup. However the tide modified and, when Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Note 10 in 2019, it, too, left the headphone jack on the chopping room flooring. Last year’s Galaxy S20 also lacked a headphone jack, the primary of the Galaxy S line to nix it.

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Historical past could repeat itself with the Galaxy S21. When Apple determined to not embody a charger or earphones within the field with its iPhone 12, Samsung mocked that call as effectively. However now rumors suggest that Samsung may follow suit. A leak from tipster Evan Blass reveals a “what’s in the box” page from Samsung that solely lists a USB-C cable (sans charging brick), ejection pin and Fast Begin Information, citing environmental causes. And never together with headphones within the field is yet one more piece of proof towards the inclusion of a corresponding headphone jack.

One purpose cellphone makers like to lose the jack: thinner bezels. Skinny is in, and a smaller bezel footprint permits for a bigger display screen with out including to the cellphone’s total measurement. 

Galaxy Buds Pro leaked image

The purported Galaxy Buds Professional.


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One other, maybe extra cynical purpose: The corporate’s personal wi-fi earbuds must promote higher when its telephones lack a wired headphone jack. Apple’s AirPods have gone like gangbusters, seemingly thanks in no small half to the iPhone’s excised jack. And Samsung’s bought its personal line of wi-fi earbuds, the Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Buds Plus and Galaxy Buds Live, with an equally prolific rumor mill hyping the allegedly forthcoming Galaxy Buds Pro. So it will make sense for Samsung to stay to its choice to bid the headphone jack adieu. Plus, if the newest leaked promotional slides are correct, Samsung may be offering a pair of wireless earbuds along with the S21 as a preorder bonus, although it is not clear whether or not this supply will likely be obtainable within the US.

We anticipate to get our reply on Jan. 14 at Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, however within the meantime, here’s everything else we’ve heard about the Galaxy S21 so far.

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