May 09, 2017 05:06 PM EDT
The 3.5mm headphone jack is in an unstable situation. Some smartphone makers, including Apple, are trying to get rid of it. Apple wasn't the first to do this, but the decisions they make be inclined to impact the entire smartphone industry. It looks like other OEMs would follow suit. The Xiaomi Mi6 is a new phone which doesn't have the headphone jack. Xiaomi has shared their reasoning behind the decision.
The exact reasons behind removing the headphone jacks have mainly been the same. Apple saw it as a century old technology which was holding the tech giant back from making improvements to the smartphone. Xiaomi similarly gives its reasons to remove the headphone port as being able to fit a larger battery in its latest flagship, the Xiaomi Mi6. Company told Android Central that "Smartphones are highly-integrated products and internal space is precious. By removing the headphone jack, we can save room for other components such as a bigger battery."
This might be true as the Xiaomi Mi6 comes with a 3350mAh battery as compared to the MI 5's 3000mAh battery. Particularly, both the flagship smartphones feature a 5.15-inch display. The removal of the headphone jack will give the company that extra bit of room to fit a larger battery. However, this still makes the Mi6 thicker at 7.45mm compared to the Mi 5 at 7.25mm.
Removing the headphone jack also has benefits that are slowly being realized by a number of tech giants. The extra space allows for a bigger battery, improved camera technology, and even makes it easier to make the phone water resistant. Nevertheless, at the launch of the Mi6, Xiaomi did not specify the IP rating or the smartphone's water resistance, but simply mentioned that it will survive splashes, as reported by NDTV.
The loss of the headphone jack allowed both Apple and Xiaomi to add dual rear cameras to their respective flagships. For those who are yet attached to their 3.5mm headphones, Xiaomi is throwing in a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with the box.
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