The Samsung Galaxy S9 is being described as a "boring" update to Galaxy S8, but fans of the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack will love the fact that the upcoming flagship smartphone will keep the suddenly rare feature.
There have been conflicting rumors on whether or not the Galaxy S9 will retain the headphone jack, but the latest leak reveals that Samsung's next flagship device will indeed come with it.
The 'Boring' Galaxy S9 Will Retain The Headphone Jack
Earlier in December, a report claimed that the Galaxy S9 will be a "boring" update to the Galaxy S8, as Samsung decided to ditch the plan to incorporate thinner bezels and a dual rear camera setup to the smartphone. Recently leaked alleged Galaxy S9 renders proved that it will look pretty much like its predecessor.
However, the largely similar design will also apparently bring with it the headphone jack, which is available on the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+.
A leaked image from Slashleaks of what it claims are Galaxy S9 circuit boards revealed a placement for the headphone jack. The components also show a display number of SM-G965F, which has been associated with the Galaxy S9+. This would mean that both Galaxy S9 models will keep the feature.
If the leaked image is a legitimate one, the inclusion of the headphone jack may be what prevented Samsung from moving forward with slimmer bezels for the Galaxy S9. Slashleaks is a reliable source though, so it would be a good bet to think that the Galaxy S9 will really come with headphone jacks.
Meanwhile, recently leaked Galaxy S9 benchmark scores revealed that the device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and 5 GB of RAM. The smartphone is also expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Headphone Jack Or No Headphone Jack?
The removal of the headphone jack is a trend among smartphone manufacturers that was started by Apple when it released the iPhone 7 last year. According to Apple, it made that decision so that it can fit in more components into the device.
Google followed suit, with the headphone jack dropped from the Pixel 2 to start moving forward to a future design with the slimmest possible bezels for an all-screen front.
Fortunately, users who are not willing to let go of the headphone jack still have some options in the smartphone market beyond the Galaxy S8 and possibly the Galaxy S9. The OnePlus 5T also comes with a headphone jack, at almost half the price but with flagship-level specifications.