On Wednesday, August 7, Samsung has announced the launching of Galaxy Note 10 at its Unpacked event in New York. Samsung mentioned its new design, cameras, as well as the larger version of the smartphone called Galaxy Note 10 Plus. However, it never talked about that the Galaxy Note will no longer have a headphone jack. The presentation in the Unpacked event showed the bottom of the Note 10 with it having only the speaker grill, USB-C port and S-Pen.
When Apple removed the headphone jack from its recent iPhone line, Samsung issued an advertising campaign in 2016 making fun of the removal of the 3.5mm audio connection in iPhones.
Now, Samsung’s innovative team have also applied it and removed the headphone jack from its newest device indicating the end of an era. Meanwhile, the ad has been quietly removed from the Samsung YouTube Channel.
Apple seemed to be right about the shift regardless of how silly it turned out at first.
Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, clarified why the company decided to remove the feature.
“The reason to move on: courage. The courage to move on and do something new that betters all of us,” he said.
However, Schiller also introduced AirPods, the Bluetooth headset which have quickly become popular by Apple. Then, he explained why they were moving on and said that it was to help sell an accessory.
“When you have a vision of how the audio experience can be, you wanna get there as fast as you can, and make it as great as it can be. And we do have a vision for how audio should work on mobile devices: wireless, ” Schiller said.
On the other hand, Samsung claimed that its reason for not including the headphone jack anymore was to free up physical space for more battery capacity. The company also stated that 70% of the Galaxy S and Note users didn’t utilize the headphone jack because more of them shifted to wireless earbuds.
The new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will be available in stores on August 23. The price starts from $949 for the Note 10 with 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, $1,099 for Note 10+ with 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM for and $1,199 for the Note 10+ with 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM.