Longtime fans of Sony’s mobile devices aren’t too happy about the Xperia XZ2. Aside from looking (and feeling) a lot different than anything before it, the latest flagship ditches the headphone jack. The loyalists just can’t stand seeing Sony embrace modern design rather than dated, ugly choices. But there’s no denying the removal the headphone jack is a bold decision since almost everyone gets pushback for doing so.
Companies don’t normally explain themselves for every little thing; however, Sony feels you should know why the headphone jack is gone. And, unfortunately, the reason is pretty lame. Sony would’ve been better off not saying anything at all.
Here’s how the company explains itself:
“This is part of the shift to our new Ambient Flow design language. In order to create the beautiful seamless design, our designers needed to remove the headphone jack. Plus, we’re a aware of the major market trend toward wireless headphones over wired headphones.”
Sony is blaming the mobile industry, not itself, for moving away from the headphone jack this year. Although the company says its design language necessitates the decision, we’re simply not buying it. The phone has enough thickness to still fit a headphone jack. So it would appear the Xperia XZ2 doesn’t have a headphone jack because phones like the iPhone X and Pixel 2 don’t.
There may be an adapter included with every Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact sold, but most people don’t prefer carrying around a small accessory that can be easily lost. Another problem for many is that wireless headphones require charging. With wired headphones, people could simply plug-and-play without thinking about adapters and battery life.
Based on what Sony said, it could indicate future high-end and mid-range products will also stay away from the headphone jack. If that’s true, Sony’s fanbase might have to shop elsewhere.