Huawei Honor 9 Leak Indicates It May Oust The Standard 3.5mm Headphone Jack [VIDEO]
More and more leading handset makers are following in the footstep of Apple and forsaking the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The most recent company to jump on the bandwagon is Honor -- a sub-brand of the popular Chinese tech firm, Huawei. If rumors running rampant online are anything to go by, its next flagship i.e. Honor 9 will not feature the obsolescent headphone jack.
The Honor 9 has been laid bare from various angles such as top and bottom sides thanks to the latest leak by The Tech Point (via IndiaToday). The bottom side of the phone gives us a peek at a couple of speaker grills which are divided by Type-C port placed in the middle. This is a clear indication that the smartphone will come out without the standard headphone jack. As far as the two speaker grills are concerned, one would be the mic for calls and the other would be the speaker.
Aside from that, the placement of a slew of other items including the loudspeaker, IR blaster noise canceling mic, laser focus assist, the dual-camera, dual-LED, proximity sensor, in-call speaker and the front facing camera are exactly identical to the Honor 8. In fact, even the power buttons are identically placed on the current generation Honor 8, according to GSM Arena.
This also suggests that the upcoming Honor phone could be a merely refreshed version of the Honor 8 -- an Honor 8S, perhaps? A notable change in the placement; however, is the relocation of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor that has been shifted to the front side, Phone Arena reported.
Moreover, the Honor 9 is likely to pack a Kirin 960 SoC under the hood. It will be backed by a battery size of over 3000 mAh. In addition to dumping the headphone jack, Honor 9 is also expected to oust the Smart Key feature.
Leading mobile makers have attributed their decision to get rid of the headphone jack to space constraints, water resistance, and other reasons. Lining with this, the Mi 6 was recently launched without the headphone jack, and Xiaomi alluded to having more space for other components for the decision to eliminate headphone jack. The company also pointed to the growing popularity of USB Type-C audio port, noting that it offers good sound quality.
There's word floating around that even HTC could be on the same track. Apparently, its next flagship HTC U11 is rumored to replace the headphone jack with a separate headphone adaptor. Do you think Honor 9 should launch without the headphone jack? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!