- Sony has explained why it brought back the headphone jack on the Xperia 1 II.
- An executive said the port was indispensable for some content.
- This makes us wonder why it was removed in the first place.
Itâ€™s a welcome move, but why did Sony bring it back in the first place then? A Sony executive has a rather interesting reason.
â€œThe reason for bringing the 3.5mm headphone jack back for the Xperia 1 II is from the same mindset we had when developing the Xperia 1, which is to say â€˜giving people a smartphone that they will love,'â€� Sony Mobileâ€™s Uke Ikeda told Engadget Japan (h/t: XDA-Developers).
Ikeda added that Sony also felt the port was â€œindispensableâ€� for entertainment-related content and playing games.
We do appreciate the firm bringing the headphone jack back in the first place, but we definitely question why they only found it â€œindispensableâ€� two years after removing it. Surely some people within the company and feedback from consumers suggested that it was an important feature. This is especially true given Sonyâ€™s audio background in the first place.
So why was it removed?
Sony removed the headphone jack on the Xperia XZ2 series, the Xperia XZ3, and the Xperia 1 and 5 phones. Ikeda told the outlet that this decision was made due to â€œthe priority we were placing on improving the design of the phone and the fact that wireless earphones were becoming more common.â€�
In other words, it sounds like a combination of design and financial considerations drove the move. In the case of the former, removing the headphone jack could theoretically allow for internals to be rejigged and for improved water and dust resistance. Then again, weâ€™ve seen water-resistant, wirelessly charging phones with the port before.
Itâ€™s also interesting to note the executive bringing up usage of wireless earphones, especially with Sony selling them in the first place. So perhaps they thought removing the jack would boost sales of their wireless products.
Nevertheless, the Engadget Japan interview has plenty of Xperia 1 II insight, so itâ€™s worth a full read. Otherwise, you can check out more noteworthy features in the list below.