LeEco had done it before Apple, but Apple had got the worst of it when it comes to fan hate over ditching the headphone jack. In fact, Samsung themselves had mocked Apple on that decision while unveiling the Galaxy Note 7 in August. However, certain websites have been reporting that Samsung will go in the same direction by excluding the 3.5mm headphone jack from their next flagship smartphone. After doing a bit of research, we have come to a conclusion that there is no hard fact or report to confirm or strongly indicate such a decision.
It is true that Samsung CAN do so if they choose to, as the technology to deliver Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) via USB Type-C is definitely there for Android and will even sound better, especially to audiophiles. However, given that the 3.5mm audio jack is still extremely popular, it might be a while before we see everyone adopting the tech and the customers getting adjusted to them. Until we hear something more concrete, we will reserve our predictions for now.
Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)