OnePlus 5T Tease Confirms Inclusion Of Endangered 3.5mm Headphone Jack

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If seems as though every few weeks we receive word of a new flagship smartphone that is about to be released. One such device that has garnered quite a bit of attention recently is the OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 5 was just revealed back in late July, so it's quite surprising that we're already seeing a successor.

Company founder Pete Lau took to the OnePlus Forums to talk a bit about the upcoming OnePlus 5T, and sought to comfort users that at least one feature -- which is on endangered species list -- will remain with this flagship. Of course, we're talking about the 3.5mm headphone jack, which is featured prominently in a picture of the device that was included in the forum post.

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Lau makes the case that the venerable headphone jack remains the superior option (compared to Bluetooth) for audio quality. "On the whole, wireless earbuds aren't there yet to provide the same quality of audio," said Lau. "Are the best wireless headphones comparable to the best of the wired? That's possible. But as you get closer to the under $200 category, the options are more limited."

He went on to add that OnePlus at one point thought about adding a second USB-C port as a replacement for headphone jack (so you could charge and listen to music at the same time). The advantage to this move it that going with USB-C would allow for a thinner device. But the company backed off those efforts since nearly 80 percent of its customers use the traditional headphone jack and it wants to provide choice for customers.

"Don't get me wrong. Wireless audio technology has a lot of potential," added Lau. "And if you prefer wireless headphones, our flagships have excellent Bluetooth capability for this choice.

"This is one of those times when we respectfully disagree on what it means to be courageous."

When it comes to specs, the OnePlus 5T is expected to feature a 6-inch 2160x1080 display, 20MP main camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It will also join the trend of current flagships to minimize display bezels all around. And just like the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.