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Razer explains why its phone doesn’t have a headphone jack

by Justin Herrick | November 27, 2017November 27, 2017 7:00 am PST

The Razer Phone isn’t the only product without a headphone jack. Apple, Motorola, and others have removed it in recent years. Rather than letting consumers continue to take advantage of a simple wired connection, these companies want to sell more premium accessories that rely on Bluetooth instead.

It was surprising to see Razer omit such a common feature, but the company’s founder has given an explanation as to why the Razer Phone doesn’t have a headphone jack.

Razer was able to improve performance, battery life, and audio for its first flagship. Min-Lian Tan, the company’s founder and chief executive office, took to Facebook to let everyone know how Razer made the decision. And, to be honest, Razer’s reason is totally understandable.

As much as 500mAh might have been added to the Razer Phone’s battery after losing the headphone jack. Razer is also able to manage heat better without the component, allowing the mobile device to stay cool during intense or lengthy gaming sessions. In addition to fattening the battery and improving thermals, the company feels strongly about the 24-bit THX Certified DAC adapter included with every unit. So it’s a mixture of these three things that reinforced the idea losing the headphone jack wouldn’t be a bad move.

Here’s part of the explanation:

“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 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.”

Two accessories are waiting for any Razer Phone owner who feels lost without a headphone jack. Tan pointed out the HammerHead USB-C are available for $79. It’s a pair of earbuds that connect directly to the Razer Phone’s USB-C port. Then, if you’d like to stick with the brand but go wireless, pick up the HmmerHead BT for $99. Both provide the Razer Phone with enhanced listening experiences.

Razer’s reason for ditching the headphone jack aren’t particularly unique, but at least the company feels everyone deserved an explanation. That type of transparency is always appreciated. Most companies provide no explanation at all or one that’s on the soft side.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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