Samsung Galaxy S8 to follow iPhone 7 and remove headphone jack

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Following in the footsteps of Apple, who controversially ditched the headphone jack from its iPhone 7, Samsung is reportedly removing the headphone jack from its new Galaxy S8 smartphone.

The South Korean company’s next flagship phone will be revealed during February’s Mobile World Congress trade show, according to SamMobile, and will use the USB-C port for audio connectivity. This means that anyone looking to use headphones with this model will need to purchase headphones specially designed for this port, invest in some wireless headphones, or use a special adapter, which would allow users to plug their normal headphones in still.

One of the key inconveniences of ditching the headphone jack, and using the charging port for plugging headphones in, is that you cannot listen to music at the same time as charging your phone. Fortunately for Samsung, this is likely to be less of an issue for its smartphone than it was for Apple, as the device will once more be compatible with wireless charging docks.

SamMobile also claim that Samsung will remove the classic home button from the S8, opting instead for a larger display with a fingerprint sensor fitted in.

Samsung was left reeling by the failure of its Galaxy Note 7 launch, with many of these devices reportedly catching fire after experiencing battery explosions. Therefore, the tech giant will be hoping that the S8 can provide a much-needed turnaround, and will be anxious to see how these design changes will be viewed by the public.