Xiaomi: that’s why the Mi 6 flagship lacks a 3.5mm audio jack


I guess we all loved the specs, design and pricing of the new Xiaomi Mi 6 but I am sure there are some of you out there who weren’t happy to find out that the most awaited flagship comes with USB Type-C slot – only, and lacks a 3.5mm audio jack.

mi 6

We’re not going to debate whether it’s good or bad to use such a slot but we’re going to learn what Xiaomi thinks about it and why they decided to axe it. So, according to a statement received by Android Central, the main reason was to save space for a larger battery:

“Smartphones are highly-integrated products and internal space is precious,” the statement says. “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.”

It seems that Xiaomi is true however, with the Mi 6 packing a 10,5% larger battery (3350 mAh) than the Xiaomi Mi5 (3000 mAh). There are also rumors that another reason that forced Xiaomi to axe the 3.5mm audio jack was the placement of the dual camera on the top side of the Mi 6.

In any case what’s done is done. After all you can always use your beloved headphones to listen to music using the USB Type-C to 3.5 mm adapter that you will find in the box of the brand new Xiaomi Mi 6 you’ll buy eventually. 😉

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20 Comments

  1. Giulio Dainese
    May 5, 2017

    Bullshit… Audio trouh usb-c is stupid, and has no future out of smartphone market…

    • mugi santoso
      May 6, 2017

      Agreed

    • Raky_b
      May 7, 2017

      Why not!?
      Actually it offers more possibilities…only thing is, it would be nice to have two of them, so we could charge phone (or use external battery pack) while listening to the music..

      But anyway era of wireless headphones is here..only problem is that Xiaomi does not sell any of them (except som very bad sports ear buds that have 4h of battery time) and they don’t have any USB type C headphones…all that they do have is ones with 3,5mm Jack…

      • Giulio Dainese
        May 7, 2017

        With usb-c you transfer a digital audio signal that must be trasformed to an analogic signal when It comes ti the end of the line (because speakers works in analogic) so have to put an external DAC… So why would i use a 12 pin cable to transfer an audio signal that needs a dac when i could use a easyer 3 pin jack?
        (I’m thinking outside the smartphone market)

        • Raky_b
          May 7, 2017

          agree with that, even though headphones that i use needs external AMP/DAC anyway 😉
          and that all wireless headphones also do have DAC to play sound….so you won’t be counting pins for shore 🙂
          mine only issue is that phone can’t be charged while listening to the music if there is no 2 of any kind of jacks if you are not using wireless…and that brings me to another problem (Xiaomi’s not mine problem actually):
          Xiaomi does sell headphones, but not much of them are wireless(and the one that is,are very bad) and not one with USB-C jack…so, what to use with this phone???
          maybe they should give us some recommendation, like to buy QC35, M2 wireless or something from AKG,Harman/Kardon or JBL to help Samsung getting stornger…whic is insaine politics of one company

  2. netsurfer912
    May 5, 2017

    Lacking an absolutely standard feature is not acceptable. But Xiaomi likes doing it; they don’t have an SD card slot either.
    Two “nope”s from me.

  3. Natsumi
    May 5, 2017

    First no micro sd slot and now no audio jack? f**** you xiaomi….

  4. Giulio Dainese
    May 5, 2017

    Bullshit… Audio trouh usb-c is stupid, and has no future out of smartphone market…

    • mugi santoso
      May 6, 2017

      Agreed

    • bojan radovanovic
      May 7, 2017

      Why not!?
      Actually it offers more possibilities…only thing is, it would be nice to have two of them, so we could charge phone (or use external battery pack) while listening to the music..

      But anyway era of wireless headphones is here..only problem is that Xiaomi does not sell any of them (except som very bad sports ear buds that have 4h of battery time) and they don’t have any USB type C headphones…all that they do have is ones with 3,5mm Jack…

    • Giulio Dainese
      May 7, 2017

      With usb-c you transfer a digital audio signal that must be trasformed to an analogic signal when It comes ti the end of the line (because speakers works in analogic) so have to put an external DAC… So why would i use a 12 pin cable to transfer an audio signal that needs a dac when i could use a easyer 3 pin jack?
      (I’m thinking outside the smartphone market)

    • bojan radovanovic
      May 7, 2017

      agree with that, even though headphones that i use needs external AMP/DAC anyway 😉
      and that all wireless headphones also do have DAC to play sound….so you won’t be counting pins for shore 🙂
      mine only issue is that phone can’t be charged while listening to the music if there is no 2 of any kind of jacks if you are not using wireless…and that brings me to another problem (Xiaomi’s not mine problem actually):
      Xiaomi does sell headphones, but not much of them are wireless(and the one that is,are very bad) and not one with USB-C jack…so, what to use with this phone???
      maybe they should give us some recommendation, like to buy QC35, M2 wireless or something from AKG,Harman/Kardon or JBL to help Samsung getting stronger…whic is insaine politics of one company.
      With Apple, and their dropping of audio jack we at least know what they want us to spend our money.

  5. netsurfer912
    May 5, 2017

    Lacking an absolutely standard feature is not acceptable. But Xiaomi likes doing it; they don’t have an SD card slot either.
    Two “nope”s from me.

  6. Natsumi
    May 5, 2017

    First no micro sd slot and now no audio jack? f**** you xiaomi….

  7. David Wei
    May 6, 2017

    No, the real reason is:

    Because Apple ditched it, so we will also ditch it to make us look more Apple like.

  8. David Wei
    May 6, 2017

    No, the real reason is:

    Because Apple ditched it, so we will also ditch it to make us look more Apple like.

  9. Naeem
    May 7, 2017

    What’s happen with mi6 about gallery crash I saw a review on YouTube mi6 gallery not work properly,
    Any idia

  10. Naeem
    May 7, 2017

    What’s happen with mi6 about gallery crash I saw a review on YouTube mi6 gallery not work properly,
    Any idia

  11. yalok
    May 8, 2017

    Hope Mi6 proves to have better build quality and durability than mi5/mi5s. If confirmed, will start to consider xiaomi flagships again.

  12. yalok
    May 8, 2017

    Hope Mi6 proves to have better build quality and durability than mi5/mi5s. If confirmed, will start to consider xiaomi flagships again.