At MWC 2018, Sony introduced a pair of smartphones: Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact. These are the latest and greatest Sony has created, finally incorporating a somewhat modern design language like most of us asked. However, change came at the cost of a 3.5mm audio headphone jack, and Sony went ahead to explain why in its FAQs.
Sony’s latest devices are among the first from the company to lack a headphone jack and many people have been curious as to why. Sony went ahead to justify its reasoning behind the removal, and my oh my.
Sony’s new design, known as Ambient Flow, is quite the change to the naked eye, and we like it a lot. But if people knew it would come with the cost of a headphone jack, maybe they would think twice before asking for the change. Sony has been one of very few to hold onto the headphone jack for as long as it did, so it’s a bit disappointing to see it go. Especially, since Sony doesn’t appear to have a valid excuse for getting rid of it, other than simply because the competition is. The below comes from Sony.
“This is part of the shift to our new Ambient Flow design language. In order to create the beautiful seamless design, our designers needed to remove the headphone jack. Plus, we’re aware of the major market trend toward wireless headphones over wired headphones.”
I’m in love with Sony’s new design, but I don’t see anything that gets in the way of where the headphone jack would go. I just don’t see it. I mean look at what Samsung has been able to do with dual curve edge panels and still retain the jack. Plus, the new phones are thicker than past iterations. Shouldn’t removing the jack allow you to thin the devices? I mean, wasn’t this the original purpose of removing it? It’s the little things that are frustrating, but I don’t want to get too down on Sony because these are shaping up to be great phones otherwise. Sound off your thoughts in the comments below.