The Galaxy S8, Samsung's next flagship, is expected to be revealed in a few months. According to recent rumors, it might arrive sans the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Amidst the high-end specs being rumored to come in the Samsung Galaxy S8, there are talks of it adopting a rather surprising feature. According to Forbes, it may actually arrive sans the headphone jack. Considering the backlash that Apple received when it launched the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, is it really a wise move for the South Korean company?
Samsung Galaxy S8 to Adopt a Big Design Change
When the Galaxy S8 is released with USB Type-C port, Samsung might grab the opportunity for a radical change: removing the headphone port, as per the report. This would make the tech giant keep up with the ever-changing modern technology.
Corroborating this rumor is a statement from the USB Implementers Forum, which indicates that "Device manufacturers can eliminate the need for multiple ports and efficiently deliver data, power and video over a single connector with USB Type-C."
"USB Audio over USB Type-C allows [original equipment manufacturers] to remove the 3.5mm analog audio jack, shaving up to a millimeter off product designs and reducing the number of connectors on a device," the press release further reads.
With this new technology that mobile devices are starting to adopt, it may effectively eliminate the need for an audio port.
Samsung Galaxy S8 Specs
As for other expected features, the Galaxy S8 is rumored to sport an octa-core Snapdragon SoC, which might be the Snapdragon 830, paired with an ARM Mali-471 GPU and a massive 6GB RAM. Then there should also be a 4K resolution display and a dual-camera set up at the back.
These specs should be taken with a grain of salt, as these will remain rumors until Samsung launches the Galaxy S8 sometime in early 2017.