OnePlus’ Pete Lau believes that the removal of the audio jack will speed up development of wireless earbuds

Despite making the 3.5mm audio jack one of the key aspects of its smartphones for the past years, OnePlus decided to finally follow the wave by ditching the acclaimed port on the OnePlus 6T. According to the company, the removal of the port would allow for a bigger battery and was something needed due to the implementation of an in-display fingerprint scanner. We don’t know if this latter requirement can be confirmed after all the galaxy S10 is here to prove that an in-display scanner won’t be affected by a 3.5mm headphone. In the end, the OnePlus 6T came without the port, and not even an official IP rating came to justify the decision.

However, the company’s flagship was a good reason to promote OnePlus Bullets Wireless – its first wire-free earphones. This particular product received a lot of positive reviews and includes some features such as fast-charging via USB Type-C and support for Google Assistant. OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, used his official Weibo account, to express his particular opinion about the infamous 3.5mm audio jack. According to him, the removal of this legacy port will help spur development of wireless earphones technology. And with each passing generation, the technology will be further improved until it becomes a standard in the industry. He added that even though, Bullets Wireless is considered good, they can be really better in the future. Lau ended his post asking for suggestions on how to improve their earphones in the future.

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Currently, there’s no evidence pointing, but wouldn’t be a surprise to see the OnePlus 7 with a new pair of Bullets Wireless, maybe a 2nd generation. Unless the Chinese firm keeps it for the OnePlus 7T. If this is indeed the case, then we expect to see a technology that is even better than the last year’s edition, after all, that’s basically what Lau is promising with the absence of 3.5mm audio jack. With the announcement of Qualcomm’s aptX Adaptive Audio for wireless audio devices last year. The technology may be equipped in the next OnePlus wireless earphones.

The new technology brings lower bitrates at the minimum and maximum levels when compared to the current bitrate for aptX and aptX HD, but the new aptX Adaptive standard is equal in quality. It can also detect the source of the audio and automatically adjust for the best experience. So if you’re watching a Netflix movie, the new technology will be able to identify that it’s a movie and will adjust the audio accordingly.

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  1. Wandering Droid
    March 12, 2019

    everything doesnt need to be wireless you foknut. thats one more shiet i dont wanna bother charging.

  2. Allan Mwenda
    March 12, 2019

    They must be feeling exposed now that S10 is out with in-display scanner and headphone jack.

    • Humberto Patricio
      March 12, 2019

      Right on spot!! :))

  3. Lazar Prodanovic
    March 12, 2019

    Pete eats shits as usual. It won’t speed up anything. All do BT low complexity audio codecs are getting better & WiFi 6 + BT 5 combo chips can offer even RAW PCM streaming AMP’s and battery’s simply aren’t there. Their is a new generation of AMP (DAC’s) that are fairly good (such as Texas Instruments PCM510x series for instance) that can be put into USB stick dingle with sufficient enough battery for cuple of hours listening on midium range impedance headphones, but that’s about it as far we can goo for now. I ain’t the believer that we will see a big gains in battery capacity technology anytime soon (all do whole industry desperately needs it). Simply leave the good damn 3.5 mm jack on & concentrate on more important stuff instead shamelessly lieng to people.