Now is right time to make the move, said Pei, as 59% of the OnePlus community already own wireless headphones and that figure is increasing. 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.
The traditional 3.5mm headphone jack is disappearing from smartphones quicker than you can say "USB-C", and it appears the latest brand to join the rally is OnePlus. Pei noted that removing the 3.5mm jack will allow the company to add "more new technology" in the next smartphone that OnePlus will launch in the market. OnePlus announced the new audio product this morning, suggesting that they've made "several big improvements and changes to the Type-C Bullets to deliver a crisp and powerful sound" over their Bullets V2 product. Besides, the fingerprint scanner isn't available on the back or front of the phone, because the 6T has been confirmed to come with in-display fingerprint scanner. In that case, OnePlus has you covered.
It is interesting that past year, OnePlus' CEO Pete Lau assured the community on the company's official forums that the 3.5mm headphone jack was an essential part of offering the "best flagship experience possible" for the OnePlus 5T. Pei did mention "improved battery life" in the interview immediately after mentioning the addition of new components after the headphone jack was removed - so we'll see.
All of these features are said to be packed into the OnePlus 6T for $569 (£440), however this price point, like the other unverified rumours throughout this article, should be taken with a pinch of salt.
The decision does have one specific benefit: better battery life. We also know that part of the removal could have been necessary to get an in-display fingerprint reader inside.