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Frustrated with iPhone Not Having a Headphone Jack? Razer Follows Suit

Here’s a line most entry level and medium range mobile phone users can say to flagship phone owners

“If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you son

I got 99 problems, but a headphone jack ain’t one.”

Feel the burn? Allow us to help make you feel better.

The Issue

With the disappearing of significant hardware from mobile phones (namely, headphone jack, home button, IR blaster,etc.), users are struggling between showing reluctance to such changes and giving in to this trend of phone manufacturers. Having said that, these “visionary” alterations in a phone’s hardware are rarely justified by CEO’s, explanations barely going farther than wireless convenience and more space for components inside a phone.

Developments: Razer

The CEO of Razer phone, Min-Liang Tan, feels his loyal community of more than half a million followers on Facebook need to look at it positively. In the post, he justifies the move as a necessary trade-off for a couple of reasons

“Removing the headphone jack gave better performance, more battery – and on top of that, better headphone audio performance with existing headphones and the option to go completely wireless or jacked in via USB”

Solution

The argument made against the headphone jack balances around a couple of inconveniences

  • Worse audio on wireless solutions
  • Need to charge another device to enjoy music
  • Impossibility of charging phone while using wired headphone via audio adapter

A smart solution to resolve the third reason mentioned above could be possible usage of wireless charging pads which most flagship phones are compatible with.

Bill: Oh great, does Razer phone support wireless charging?

Source: Razer Phone Support (US)

….(speechless)….

The point being that even though wireless solutions may be the future, to which I personally agree (wireless charging, audio, casting, etc.), their shortcomings are not given due importance. It feels like a prototype has been launched to check the response.

Competitors

Same could be said when a giant like Apple bet on the same decision back in 2016 with the iPhone 7. In an interview, Tim Cook defended the move with similar reasons of more space for components. He said that the jack could be phaced out in other products as well.

Just a thought. If removing headphone jack allows one to increase space significantly either for more components or to keep a slim profile on a phone, can we look forward to entry level phones and medium range phones being manufactured  without the ageing headphone jack?

LeEco is a Chinese manufacturer which is has tried it’s hand at this.

It is a bold move for Razer to make such a drastic move on it’s first phone released in the market. Can we expect headphone jack-less Razer laptops?

But can Razer’s “gaming” phone still run Crysis 2 though?

You know the answer to that guys. Feel free to let us know your opinions about headphone jack being a dealbreaker for you. Would you consider it a bare minimum out of a flagship phone? Or would like to see it phased out of budget phones as well?

Stay connected. Stay curious!

 

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