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Sony readying its first handset without a headphone jack?

A Sony device has just passed through the FCC with schematics that strongly indicate that it won't come with a headphone jack.

Published onJanuary 22, 2018

  • A new Sony handset, expected to arrive without a headphone port, has passed through the FCC.
  • This would be Sony’s first smartphone to launch without a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
  • Device specs weren’t mentioned, but the phone is likely to be an upcoming flagship.

Though it might be an unpopular move, it looks like the headphone jack could be on its way out of the Android landscape. We’ve seen several OEM’s adopt this headphone jack-less approach in the past year, including Google and HTC, and it looks like Sony might take this path soon too.

A Sony device has just passed through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with schematics that strongly indicate it won’t come with a headphone jack. This is accompanied by a table that also suggests audio will be provided via the USB Type-C port.

Why having no headphone jack is a good idea

This was discovered by Xperia Blog and it could be another nail in the 3.5 mm headphone jack’s coffin. Sony typically offers a variety of software options to improve sound quality in its devices, making the Xperia range a good choice for audiophiles. It’s also one of the world’s biggest producers of audio products. If it decides to drop the headphone jack from its phones—and potentially its other gadgets— it could have industry-wide repercussions.

The FCC listing also suggests the phone’s dimensions will come in at 152.79 x 72.42 mm and that it will have a 5.7-inch. No other specifications were revealed, nor was anything regarding the phone’s name, but it’s likely to be an upcoming flagship.

It’s still just speculation at the moment, but with the direction the market is heading it, it wouldn’t be a surprise. For more on what we expect from Sony in 2018, hit the link.

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