So, Pei isn't saying the decision is courageous, but at least he's got some numbers to help back up the company's plan to ditch the headphone jack.
While Apple wasn't the first company to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack from its smartphone lineup, it certainly made the move "popular" for smartphone manufacturers. Pei also pointed to a recent survey that showed that 59 percent of the OnePlus community owns wireless headphones. Pei was quick to note that it is not doing it for the sake of doing it, adding that this had been an option for a long time but the timing just wasn't right, until now.
OnePlus is today announcing its new USB Type-C Bullet earbuds.
The Type-C Bullets continue the company's signature earphones design and improved audio quality with built-in high-end, professional DAC by Ciruss Logic.
Having said that, we suggest you take all this information with a proverbial grain of salt as it doesn't come directly from OnePlus or from a source that has a record of revealing accurate details.
Naturally OnePlus loyals with their trusty 3.5mm-ended headphones won't be overjoyed at the news, however they may find comfort in the performance upgrades that ditching the jack allegedly allows.
The good news for people that have 3.5mm headphones that they love is that the OnePlus 6T will include a 3.5mm headphone adapter in the box.
And the reason for removing the headphone jack is simple and obvious; it frees up space to put "new technology" into the device. According to Pei, the forthcoming flagship phone will bring battery life improvements "substantial enough for users to realise". The company might be looking at squeezing in a larger mAh battery inside the OnePlus 6T. That's one too many benefits worth sacrificing one feature over. Referring to the "new technology", we already know that the company is planning to add an in-display fingerprint scanner in the upcoming device.
Thoughts on leaving the headphone jack behind, friends?