Razer Phone Does Not Feature a Headphone Jack – Company’s CEO Justifies This Act in the Following Explanation

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Nov 27, 2017
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The Razer Phone is the first smartphone to feature a 120Hz IGZO display and a combination of other upgrades that make this flagship a very powerful one that is expected to deliver smooth frames in games and a beautiful experience for media consumption.

Unfortunately, and some of you might agree with this, it does not feature a headphone jack, which is a sad state of affairs. The CEO Min-Liang Tan believes that its customers deserve a proper explanation why this decision was made.

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Razer CEO States That the Headphone Jack Was Removed to Add a Bigger Battery and Other Hardware Upgrades to the Razer Phone

Keep in mind that the headphone jack was not removed to give the Razer Phone a water-resistance rating. As of right now, the peripherals manufacturer has not marketed that its very first phone is water-resistant. However, the CEO explains why the decision to remove the headphone jack was made in the first place.

“I see a lot of feedback on the removal of the headphone jack on the Razer Phone – and I wanted to share some of the thought process when we made the decision.

By removing the headphone jack – we were able to increase the battery size significantly (I estimate we added 500maH more), improve thermals for performance and a whole lot more.

The trade off was not having the jack – but what sealed it for me was that we were able to get audiophile quality sound with the dedicated 24-Bit THX Certified DAC adapter – and I made sure we included that with every phone. Which basically means we give even better quality headphone audio for those who want to hold on to their analog headphones.

On top of that, we’ve released the HammerHead USB C (retails at $79.99) and the HammerHead BT with all day battery life (US$99.99 – or free with Paid to Play!) which makes it a complete solution.

So in short, removing the headphone jack gave better performance, more battery – and on top of that, better headphone audio performance with existing headphones and the option to go completely wireless or jacked in via USB.

I can’t speak for other phone companies who made the decision to remove the headphone jack – but I think you guys can see why we did so.”

Phone manufacturers have honestly managed to cram in a lot of new hardware components that give a handset a unique set of features but that certainly does not mean the headphone jack is not an integral component of a smartphone.

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Do you think it was the right decision to make?

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Source: Min-Liang Tan

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