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You should all know by now that whenever I lead with this image it's a sign that OnePlus done messed up. In 2015 it was leaving out NFC on the OnePlus 2 and now, in late-2018, Carl Pei has revealed to TechRadar that there will be no 3.5mm audio jack on the OnePlus 6T.

For some users it's potentially great news. A choice quote from the interview:

"By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product," Pei said. "One of the big things is something our users have asked us for, improved battery life."

Pei wouldn't be drawn on what the "new technology" will be, but we already know the OnePlus 6T will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner, which will eat up some of the space left by the exiting jack.
But for fans who've stayed loyal to OnePlus, if for no other reason than to enjoy a dongle-free smartphone experience, it smacks of betrayal. In the launch presentations for their last two devices OnePlus employees have gone so far as to joke about there being no headphone jack, and then immediately retort: "Just kidding, we know that's a feature our customers want."

And the desire for an audio jack persists—proof can be seen in the results of a Twitter poll conducted by Pei himself this past spring:

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Even more bizarre is that the Oppo R17 Pro—on which the 6T is supposedly based—has a headphone jack on board, as well as a bigger 3,700 mAh battery.

Maybe the move is shameless attempt to sell more Bullets wireless earbuds? I'm very interested to hear from fellow OnePlus fans how this news affects their interest in the 6T. Personally, I'm starting to see a Pixel 3 in my future. If I can't have an audio jack I might as well have a decent camera, at least.

Sources: TechRadar, @getpeid on Twitter