Ever since Apple made the bold (or stupid, depending on who you ask) decision to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack the rumour-mill has suggested that every other phone will be following suit. Samsung's name seems to pop up a lot, as I can remember, and now it's happened again. The Galaxy S10 is a long way off, and it's way too early to speculate about the phone's finer details, but the Korean tech media is already claiming the headphone jack is on the way out.
ETNews is the one making the bold claim, though it doesn't offer any explanation as to why Samsung is allegedly removing the 3.5mm port. A port that it's been very vocal about keeping around, mind, and at the launch of the Galaxy S9 it told a room of journalists (myself among them) that the company wasn't interested in taking features away from consumers. Well, not anymore anyway, after the aborted attempt to remove expandable storage with the Galaxy S6.
There are a number of reasons why Samsung might want to remove the headphone jack, though. Apple infamously removed it for the improved haptic engine, while OnePlus recently explained it was removing the port to make room for a bigger battery and the in-display fingerprint scanner. There's only so much room inside a smartphone shell, and any small amount of extra space can go a long way. Especially if you want to keep introducing better and more advanced features.
ETNews claims that Samsung would complement the change with an adaptor for 3.5mm wired headphones in the box, and I'm guessing that would be included alongside a pair of USB-C earbuds. Samsung has included AKG-tuned earbuds for a while now, and there's no reason why it would stop anytime soon. But again, this is dependant on Samsung removing the headphone jack, and so far there's no evidence that it will.
Will Samsung do it? I have my doubts, as will many others, but the fact is it's currently way too early to say for sure. But, with the Galaxy S10 currently expected to have an early 2019 release I doubt it will be long before more concrete details start emerging through the usual channels. [ETNews via SamMobile]