Google Pixel 2 to go iPhone 7 Way and Ditch 3.5mm Audio Port [Rumor]

No 3.5mm audio port on Google Pixel 2, says document seen by 9to5Google

An internal Google document seen by 9to5Google shows that the Google Pixel 2 will not have a 3.5mm audio port, similar to last year’s iPhone 7. The source is being kept anonymous, but 9to5Google says that the word usage in the document “presents the removal of the jack as a matter of fact.”

To us, that’s confusing, because one of the things Google promoted for the Google Pixel is that it came with the familiar audio port, unlike iPhone 7. Why, then, would Google consider removing the port when it knows that it was one of the selling features on the current Pixel smartphones?

There is, so far, no corroboration of this rumored document leak, so we’ll have to take it with a pinch of salt.

Apparently, the same source also mentioned to 9to5Google back in January that Google is testing several new chipsets for the next generation of Pixel smartphones. Snapdragon 83X and Intel chips were mentioned. No mention was made about the audio port at the time.

It’s very likely that Google hasn’t yet feature-locked the Google Pixel 2. That means things could change. Waterproofing the phone is apparently “still on the table,” says the source.

The camera will definitely be the focal point, but instead of increasing the MP size on the new device’s camera, it will “compensate in extra features.”

So far, Apple is the only smartphone device maker that has removed the 3.5mm audio port from its phones, depending on Bluetooth pairing instead, or using an adaptor if you still want to use headphones with a 3.5mm audio jack.

9to5Google gives this rumor a confidence rating of 6 out of 10, meaning they consider the source documentation to be legitimate.

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