Samsung’s Galaxy S8 may not feature a headphone jack

Another one bites the dust

Motorola and Apple may have already dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack, but the latest rumor suggests Samsung is soon to follow suit on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge.

SamMobile is reporting the phone will instead use a USB- Type-C adapter with which to listen with wired headphones. You'll also be able to listen through Bluetooth headsets.

The site hasn’t provided its sources for the story though – so there’s no way of confirming the site has official information. SamMobile has a traditionally good reputation in all things Samsung though so it may well be true.

Goodbye old friend

The reason for dropping the 3.5mm headphone jack isn’t currently clear, but it may be to make the phone thinner or to free up more space inside the phone for extra features.

Taking out the legacy tech may make enough space to either increase the battery size or there may be some brand new feature Samsung has up its sleeve.

If the rumor is correct, it’ll also mean the Samsung Galaxy S8 will feature a USB-C connector like the Galaxy Note 7. Earlier today we also heard a rumor the Galaxy S8 will pack Harman branded dual stereo speakers.

We probably won't know if the Samsung Galaxy S8 will drop the headphone jack until February 2017 when the phone is expected to be announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.


James is Phones, Wearables and Tablets writer for TechRadar and covers all the big announcements from the best manufacturers making gadgets for your palms, wrists and face. Based in London, James is often testing out the latest and greatest phones, smartwatches, VR headsets and - when he can be motivated to go outside - fitness bands. Be sure to follow him on Twitter for all the latest from the mobile world.