Ever since Apple ditched the headphone jack, competing manufacturers have been hesitant to follow suit. The LG G6 and Galaxy S8, for example, both feature headphone jacks, while the recently-introduced OnePlus 5 also retains the beloved port.
So, it’s a little surprising to hear Google may axe the headphone jack when the Pixel 2 is introduced later this year.
According to sources on XDA, the smaller Pixel sequel, codenamed “Walleye,” will reportedly feature a 4.97-inch display with FHD resolution and a design nearly identical to last year’s Pixel. The only difference will be its lack of a headphone jack.
However, as a consolation, the device will reportedly feature stereo speakers.
Walleye will allegedly feature the same large bezels, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. The device is also expected to feature an improved camera.
Meanwhile, Google is also expected to introduce a larger Pixel device, codenamed Taimen, that will feature a 5.99-inch display with a 1440p OLED panel from LG. This one is said to be edge-to-edge.
It’s unclear, however, if Taimen’s design will differ at all from Walleye. The source on XDA also doesn’t specify whether or not the device will feature a headphone jack, but considering Walleye won’t, Taimen probably won’t either. Similar to existing Pixel models, Taimen is expected to feature a single rear-facing camera.
Google was rumored to introduce a third model, codenamed Muskie, but that handset has since been cancelled, according to reports.
With Android O said to hit before the end of summer, perhaps we’ll see Google’s new Pixel devices launch at the same time. Hopefully, with Taimen said to sport an edge-to-edge display, it won’t be much more expensive than the current Pixel XL, which you can get for $769.