Razer Traded The Headphone Jack for A Larger Battery on Its First Smartphone

Razer Phone
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Razer finally released its first smartphone, the Razer Phone, in early November. The phone follows the path of the Nextbit Robin in terms of appearance, but using aluminium as the body material. It is also equipped with the latest hardware, like any other 2017 flagship Android devices. The 120 Hz 5.7-inch IGZO display and the dual front-facing speakers are two of its distinct features. But the omission of the 3.5 mm headphone jack is questioned by many people against its gaming orientation.

Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, recently posted an article on Facebook, explaining the reason for the controversial decision about the headphone jack of the Razer Phone.

According to Min-Liang Tan, there are multiple advantages if they remove the headphone jack. Improving the thermal performance of the Razer Phone is one of the stated benefits. Also, the saved space allows the phone to have a 500 mAh larger battery. Moreover, he said the inclusion of the headphone jack may lead to a custom-made battery, which would delay the shipping by months and increase the retail price by about $100 USD.

Min-Liang Tan further explained that all Razer Phone will have a dedicated 24-Bit THX Certified DAC adapter (USB-C to 3.5 mm) inside the package. And he claimed that the adapter can provide better audio quality than internal headphone jack. Razer also released HammerHead USB-C and HammerHead Bluetooth headphones.

Would you ever trade your phone’s 3.5 mm headphone jack for a slightly larger battery, and possibly better heat dissipation performance?

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