For years, Samsung was one of the last bastions of the dying headphone jack. Unlike its contemporaries, the South Korean smartphone maker thankfully kept the celebrated feature in its devices. Well, all things must come to an end. They are finally giving in to the sweet, sweet temptation of dongle sales.
Just around the corner, Samsung is launching the much-awaited Galaxy Note 10. According to past reports, the premium smartphone will kill the headphone jack in the company’s phone market. Previously, Samsung already eliminated the tablet market’s headphone jack, shipping a jack-less Galaxy Tab S6. The Galaxy Note 10, however, will pioneer a new (uglier) era for Samsung’s tenured smartphone history. Of course, without the actual unit, these rumors remain unconfirmed.
Unfortunately, a new rumor has added to the clout. SamMobile has recently leaked photos of a new headphone dongle supposedly coming with the Note 10’s box. Like most dongles, Samsung’s dongle will sport a simple white design. Based on the photos, the dongle will not offer anything new to the table. If anything, the white design confirms the rest of the accessories’ white theme.
At the very least, Samsung is offering a free dongle with the package. Some packages don’t come with a free dongle, forcing users into a separate purchase. For example, the Galaxy Tab S6 doesn’t have a free dongle out of the box. Regardless, Samsung’s wireless push is a huge disappointment for long-time fans. Hopefully, the headphone jack will still exist in some capacity, especially for Samsung.
The Galaxy Note 10 will launch sometime in August.
Redmi Earbuds S are the most affordable TWS offering
The price is unbelievable
In India, Xiaomi’s Redmi division looks after the affordable segment while Mi-branded products are for the premium segment. On the side, POCO is now an independent brand. Continuing with the new strategy, Redmi today announced the launch of their new TWS earbuds, the Redmi Earbuds S.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 were announced in the country but they are far from affordable. To bridge this gap, the Redmi Earbuds S has been unveiled. It’s worth noting that they are the same as the Redmi AirDots S, which were launched in China earlier.
The Earbuds have 7.2mm drivers and are IPX4-rated for water resistance. The individual buds weigh only about 4.5g each. The company’s marketing has focused on how good their bass is, but we’ll be able to confirm that in our review later.
For connectivity, it leverages SBC codec, a commonly used protocol via Bluetooth. However, a low-latency mode has also been added to aide gaming. The earbuds are said to deliver four hours of playback on a single charge and the case can extend this to 12 hours.
The Earbuds S also has a physical button on either side to control media playback or skip tracks. The gaming mode can be triggered by pressing the function key thrice.
The Redmi Earbuds S will cost INR 1,799 (US$ 23) and will go on sale starting May 27 via Mi.com and Amazon.
These earbuds are an entry-level option for someone who’s looking for a pair of TWS earbuds. Instead of rich features, the point of this product is to offer an affordable option to the end-user.
Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam
iPhone production is next in line
Apple has started shifting its iPhone production line to India but it doesn’t end there. With the ongoing trade war between China and the US, more companies are slowly finding alternatives — such is the case with Apple moving AirPods assembly to Vietnam.
Asia Nikkei‘s report indicated that Apple has already done production trials of the AirPods line in Vietnam last year. Just this month, numerous buyers (including a MacForums user) have pointed out the sudden change. The ‘Assembled in Vietnam’ engraving at the back of the AirPods Pro is prominent since loyal users know that Apple products are assembled in China.
Apple is now selling AirPods Pro models that are Assembled in Vietnam pic.twitter.com/UZWNHtcBi4
— Alireza (@alixrezax) May 20, 2020
A Reddit user initially shared his concern about the product’s authenticity, even before the mentioned tweet started gaining attention.
Even a staff from The Verge shared a photo of her recently bought AirPods Pro with the same engraving.
A follow-up report stated that the mass production of the new AirPods units took place in Vietnam last March. Despite the pandemic, they were able to secure permits from Vietnamese officials to bring in engineers for better and smoother production.
Some of the old EarPods were also assembled in Vietnam, which means the country isn’t exactly new to assembling Apple’s audio accessories. Even Apple’s long-awaited AirPods Studio might be produced there as well.
A recently-published article by DigiTimes states that other than India, they’re also moving the iPhone production line to Vietnam. It makes sense considering Foxconn has already built factories in the northern province of Bac Giang.
OnePlus TWS earbuds could look like the AirPods
Why are we not surprised?
Apple was the first company to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack in iPhone 7 and release a wireless solution, the AirPods. Now, every phone maker wants a piece of the pie, and now a OnePlus TWS is coming our way as well.
Reliable leakster Max J. has revealed an illustration of the upcoming OnePlus truly wireless earbuds and they look eerily similar to the Apple AirPods. The signature in-ear design without rubber tips is considered to be Apple’s design language and many makers have tried to replicate it.
Realme launched the Buds Air this year and they look exactly like the AirPods. Even the charging case is a lookalike. Even the OPPO Enco Free wireless earbuds have a cop-cat design and are indistinguishable.
— Max J. (@MaxJmb) May 15, 2020
On the other hand, Xiaomi unveiled the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 and they have an entirely different design. The brand seems to have focused more on functionality than looks.
OnePlus has already released wireless earphones in the past, but they haven’t been truly wireless. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless and Bullets Wireless 2 had their own design language and were built to offer a premium experience. Along with the OnePlus 8 series, the company announced an affordable version called the Bullets Z.
Rumors suggest OnePlus could launch a midrange phone dubbed the OnePlus Z or OnePlus 8 Lite in July. These earbuds are expected to launch alongside the phone.
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