Samsung has just introduced a new mid-range smartphone, the Galaxy A8s. Among other new features, the company has decided to remove the audio jack from the handset, making it the first smartphone from the chaebol to dispense with the venerable audio connector.
But the inclusion of Samsung in the increasingly crowded club of manufacturers who are withdrawing it is not without controversy. This decision comes after several years of mockery towards Apple’s terminals, which removed the jack from iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The new Galaxy A8s brings a number of interesting new features. Among them is the Infinity-O screen in which the front camera is perforated . It’s a kind of “mole” instead of an “eyebrow” as almost all smartphones have brought since the iPhone X popularized the notch (the honor of being the first with notch is from Essential).
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The other key specifications are interesting for the range. 6 or 8 GB RAM, Snapdragon 710 and triple back camera. But what stands out is that it is the first Korean without the audio jack. This comes after years of mentioning this port among the specifications of its flagship terminals, with veiled references to Apple.
This is how the North American marketing manager was dispatched at the Galaxy Note 7 launch on August 2nd, 2016, one month before the iPhone 7 launch (by then, enough details were known). Not content with this kind of ticker tape , Samsung created at least one ad in which it ridiculed the absence of the audio jack and the need to use an adapter:
Interestingly, this is a video published last summer, when the design of the Galaxy A8s was probably already finished and about to start production. The Koreans were also not the only ones who first made fun of the jack-less iPhone, and then later retracted it. Google did the same with its first Pixel, for the following year to delete it without saying “this mouth is mine”.
In the end, it has been proven that removing this connector with more than a century old was no big deal. Someone had to take the first step.