In a recent article authored by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, it is confirmed that OnePlus 5T will reserve 3.5mm headphone jack.
Lau in the article titled OnePlus 5T is On the Way and Now the Time to Talk About the 3.5mm Headphone Jack gives two reasons for 5T reserving 3.5mm headphone jack.
The first reason is to keep the tone quality: according to OnePlus research, 70% users say they care about sound quality. But for the moment, wireless earbuds can’t provide the same sound quality as wired earphones do. So keeping the headphone hole is a good choice for users.
The second reason is freedom for users: more than 80% of mobile phone users have a headset in their hands, and USB type-C is of great use. It’s very convenient to charge the phone. There’s no reason to discard wired headphone before the invention of great wireless headphones. This is more responsible for users.
Last but not least, Lau also made an explanation for future wireless audio technology. “Wireless audio technology has great potential for development in the future. Probably one day 3.5 mm jack will disappear but the day has yet to come. So, OnePlus 5T will retain this interface for better experience.” As for whether or not to keep 3.5 mm headphone jack, it is more about opting for a more delicate and thinner mobile phone. Since everyone still likes cable headphones, we will not cancel the headphone jack for now.