Following the new trend, Xiaomi has joined the club of Apple and Motorola, while HTC is queing up for the same option to replace headphone jack and save the space for other improvements. Priced Rs.23,990, Mi 6 is likely to cater mid-level market segment, sans headphones.
It means removal of volume controls, speaker grilles and a headphone jack, as Apple’s iPhone 7 did and Motorola’s Moto-2 smartphone did to music lovers.
Xiaomi defended the move saying the age-old feature can give room to fit a larger battery of 3350mAH in its latest flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 6. Reports said even HTC is following the trend to ditch the headphone paraphernalia in its forthcoming HTC U 11 smartphone this year.
“Smartphones are highly-integrated products and internal space is precious. By removing the headphone jack, we can save room for other components such as a bigger battery. Audio through USB Type-C is becoming more common, and will continue to provide excellent sound quality,” Xiaomi informed Android Central defending the move to ditch headphones altogether.
Xiaomi Mi 6 Key Specs:
- Display: 5.15-inch
- Processor: 2.45GHz octa-core
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Resolution: 1080×1920 pixels
- RAM: 6GB
- OS: Android
- Storage: 64GB
- Rear Camera: 12-megapixel
- Battery Capacity: 3350mAh
The Mi 6 features 5.15 inch display and measures 7.45mm in thickness, just .5 mm less than its previous mode Mi 5. The replacement of headphones feature also allows better camera phones, besides making the smartphone water-proof, it said. Once the trend for ditching headphones becomes acceptable, it is likely that these features will find room in new smartphones.
After ditching headphones, Apple added improved dual rear camera to its iPhone 7 series and the move did not hit its sales as feared by many, showcasing the new trend to be replicated in all future models of not only Apple but also its rival players in the market. But there is a way out for those addicted to headphones as there is a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter with the box that can be connected to your own headphones.
Xiaomi India, which grew 4 times in the last one year, has positioned itself as the second largest brand in smartphones in India.