Headphone jack likely to remain on Sony Xperia devices (for now)

by XB on 3rd January 2017

in News

Sony Mobile has no plans to cancel the 3.5mm headphone jack from its Xperia devices according to a report from ePrice. While Apple has taken the lead in removing the headphone socket from the iPhone 7, there has been intensifying speculation that other Android manufacturers may follow suit.

Sony has made a point of promoting high-resolution audio in its Xperia smartphones and we would expect the company to continue to develop this experience. Removing the headphone jack would not tie in with trying to improve the overall audio experience, especially if it means the need to carry additional adapters/dongles to get your existing headphones to work.

How concerned are you about the headphone jack in a smartphone? Would you miss it at all? Or, would you point-blank refuse to buy a phone that canned the jack? We’d love to hear your thoughts below.

  • CerberusSco

    The jack needs to stay. Apple removed it to make money and for no other reason.

  • Anibal Evora

    The removal of the headphone jack is just a “stunt” so manufactures can scratch deeper into consumer’s pockets.. There is no “courage” involved whatsoever..!
    And as you guys say in the article, if one is to improve on making the audio experience any better, there should be no need to extinguish a long living feature that has always worked to some mediocre solutions which don’t come close to providing the same audio experience and only make things worse for no apparent reason other than trying to rip off people’s hard earned money..!! This is not a convenience to the consumer, like the USB-C is.. It’s just personified greed!
    *really pissed right now*

  • Khalid Abdi

    You are right!! I agree with you, besides you don’t need to charge the 3.5mm jack everytime as the wireless headphones are.

  • Ederson Baumbach .*.

    I think that the entry should still be kept.
    +- 2 years, maybe.

  • Ederson Baumbach .*.

    I think the 3.5mm input should still be in existence for at least 2 years.

  • Anibal Evora

    And by making things worse I mean having to buy an adapter ; losing the adapter ; overusing the USB port leading to premature wear ; Bluetooth audio streaming not up-to-par with the analog 3.5 jack with a good DAC (look at the V20, look at the iPhone/Motorola) ; and so on… And look at vinil.. Why are people getting back to vinil when it is an ancient format??
    I really hope people shout on companies ears so they get that we (I believe that most don’t) don’t want flimsy adapters in their lives!

  • Борис Михаилов

    The main reason for the removal is because of active noise cancellation. The headphones need more power to process that, so they would get it from the USB port, instead of having to change batteries every once in a while. Sony is the only OEM (I think) that has this technology in the Xperia phones that works on special 3.5 headphones without a battery.
    My opinion about the jack is to stay. Having the option between this and different types of noise canceling headphones is always a plus.

  • znorc

    If it was up to me the jack would have been dropped years ago. I’ve been wireless since 2009 or so. Currently rocking SBH80 and MDR-1000X.

  • Moisés

    I am not sure but Motorola and Apple do not offer noise canceling.
    Main point is to give you thin cellphone so you can buy a power case or any adapter.
    In many countries, wireless headphone are very expensive.

  • Moisés

    Apple also says it was necessary to provide ip67.
    Since Xperia Z the p2 was allowed to get wet, not like s5 that you had to cover it.

  • Борис Михаилов

    Well the point was that if we need batteries for noise canceling, why not make our headphones wireless? Maybe they don’t offer them now, but they will, I’m willing to bet on it. :)
    Also, even though there aren’t any noise canceling headphones now, I think there will be a lot of third party ones that would support it.

  • dragonsneeze

    I used to cover the charging part with an adapter to use regular headphones with my w810i. Yeah. So this is going backwards. Wireless is not there yet. Just too much work if you ask me.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    I use it everyday, so removing it without replacing it with an extra USB port is just dumb…. Besides i dont want adapters, because what do you do if you forget to bring an adapter with you when you want to use a headset with 3.5mm jack?

  • Emil Oskarsson

    You mean the Xperia Z1 because the Xperia Z still had a port over the 3.5mm jack :p

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Still for audiophiles like me, you dont get the same sound quality like you do with a non wireless headset… And another thing to charge? Forget it XD

  • salazer09

    Z5 Android 7 ???_=__=_
    You have kept us waiting so long Sony ??

  • znorc

    I can understand why audiophiles want it to stay, but when normal people complain I don’t understand. The vast majority are normal people and they don’t use good enough headphones where the interface makes a difference in sound quality anyway.

    One of my Apple friends made a lot of noise when going from an iPhone 5 to 7 about how annoying it was that the jack was gone. He’s like your average consumer, using the rubbish headphones included in the box. It took less than a day before the complaints stopped.

    Regarding battery life. I can again only speak for myself. The MDR-1000X has 20+ hours and my SBH80 does 7+ hours on a charge. I rarely find myself running out of charge.

  • znorc

    Have you tried LDAC-enabled headphones such as the MDR-1000X? Try them if you get the opportunity!

    I’m by no means an audiophile but I do enjoy a good set of headphones.

  • Moisés

    I guess CES starts today.

    Is it live on youtube?

  • Moisés

    Ahh.. Did not know.

  • Moisés

    And you have to use bluetooth or nfc to connect wireless headphones. Now you need to turn stamina off. No more white list to choose apps to be kept from stamina effects.

    So you spend more power after all.

  • Борис Михаилов

    Stamina doesn’t dc my phone from Bluetooth. I wonder if that happens only to me.

  • Talos the Robot

    The 3,5mm jack needs to stay for the sake of Audiophiles who are the core fans of the xperia line. It is crucial to be there for all of us who still use their older and expensive pair of headphones and don’t buy a new one every year.
    Don’t buy the Apple gimmick. Apple doesn’t have High-Res audio, nor Eldac and not even an internal dac, and i cannot understand how some stupid people are listening their music to this think after all.

  • SopNaw

    That’s a good thing, personnally, to me. Too much wireless are bad for health in a long term (can provok cancer in the most worst case) and mostly when we know that smartwatch begin to be common and that our phone is permanently searching 3g/4g for sms, network (because of the waves it emit)..etc But we dont realize that. It also add more advantage about to not have to charge the battery, to be sure to have a nice sound quality, take less ram to our phone (even if this is not a problem), to not have always bluetooth enabled (which save the battery)..etc Compared to a bluetooth headphone/earphone.

  • Anibal Evora

    You missed the point on what the guy above said about charging.. He meant charging the phone while only having 3.5mm headphones at hand.. It’s a no go..! And this changes the premise quite alot on what you said, because (as expected) every transition is a hassle.. You have to buy this and that because the old stuff won’t work anymore. But in this case, the change doesn’t make any sense (to me at least, as an “average consumer” in regards to audio), because this move seems like a step back from a well established format that works very well (and Sony in this case has a very good approach to what you can do with wired headphones with the noise canceling ones, so no need to go with over-ear headphones to have that feature), and make things just more complicated than they need to be.. Like the example I said in the beginning. I cannot charge my phone while using a 3.5 headphone, or anything wired for that matter! That is a problem that shouldn’t have to exist even if the new wired solution could become as good as the old one.. Well.. Specially in that case now that I think about it..
    I really hope Sony takes this chance to make Apple and whichever oem that pulls the trigger to the headphone jack, regret their decision!
    Phones don’t need to be razor thin like Apple always trys to push.. If anything, they need to be thicker! And any excuse they make to justify this transition, is just that – an excuse, so they can take more money out of the consumer..!
    But that’s me. And I am no audiophile..

  • znorc

    I think I miss that point since I’m wireless and wouldn’t find myself in that situation to begin with. For me, wires is more of a hassle compared to keeping an extra device charged. They’re always tangled up and in the way.

    You said it. Every transition is a hassle. I applaud Apple for doing this. Since they have such a loyal following it actually matters when they instigate such a transition. Hopefully it pushes wireless technology forward and benefits us all in the end. Sony’s LDAC is a good start, but preferably there should be something non-proprietary.

    For me, the headphones jack is just one more thing that can break. In my case, since it doesn’t get used. All sorts of dirt accumulates in it and when I get the slightest bit of moisture in the jack it shorts the contacts out and the phones goes bananas, thinking that I’m plugging in and out a headset every second. It happened on both my Z5 and the Z2 I had before it.

    I’m with you on the thickness. I’ll trade a few mm for better camera optics and a bigger battery any day of the week.

  • Vinny Conforto
  • Anibal Evora

    Another thing I believe this transition is not good for, is health.. To much of this wireless stuff is not particularly good for people.. But yes, this might just force companies to make the wireless solution a great one..
    But I guess we’ll have to see how everything will turn out in a not too distant future ;)

  • Stergios Papoutsoglou

    I’m not concerned at all. If there is no jack I won’t buy it (until a point in time where there is no other option)

  • jonoave

    That depends. I usually use a Walkman paired with a good IEM for my daily listening and long travels. Good sound quality and avoids draining battery from my phone. Although on a pinch, a headphone jack is handy on a phone if I want to listen to music briefly and don’t have my Walkman with me.

  • mUSICA


  • azzido

    Jack is mandatory! I use it a lot, otherwise have to switch to other brand that still uses it.
    Sony already started to take away a lot of features from us including Radio, they experimented with 4K videos (X poorformance), small apps, some widgets (including Stamina widget, old weather widget that was better, lockscreen widgets, even most recognized notification sound was removed – its name was singularity if I am not wrong) :(

    This is too much…
    I will give up with Sony if they will touch the jack too…

  • jokensy

    If they remove the headphone jack, no more Xperia for me!

  • iia3ezu

    That said, I still appreciate ‘retro’ technologies such as the FM radio receiver. I hope it is a feature never to be removed from future Xperia phones. Listening to music without using data or device storage is wonderful.

  • imparanoic

    the point being sony unique feature is that it has built in noise cancellation earphone ( with 5 pole) which requires headphone jack, shame they don’t market it much

  • imparanoic

    i compared z2 and z3 ( as well as s6 and g2) with then 7 year old nwz-x1050 and 2015 nwz-f880, the walkman beat easily all of these phone in sound quality, tested with me and my mate, 4 different earphones as well as my akg k551 two years ago with same song

    I am using the audiophile grade nw-zx100 walkman and i can tell you no phone sounds this good, it’s like a zonda pagani vs a golf gti

  • Moisés

    Radio is disable on X Performance, i do not know about the other X

  • Moisés

    I agree

  • Moisés

    Maybe is the X Premium.

    Snap 835 and 4K HDR display

  • Rahul Patil

    Of course it’s fake – That’s not the Xperia Font and look at the date, besides that with every new range – Sony updates their wallpapers – this one is the same as XZ.

    Now I never really comment online – Just didn’t want you to raise your hopes (Bezels).

  • Fefe

    Radio not present on my XZ too while I wish it was there.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Please don’t kill the headphone jack. It should be stayed for another decade at least. :D

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    I don’t think it’s gonna happen bro. If it does with a massive battery, Take my money :D

  • Moisés

    There is a website from Georgia.
    Leaked info….

    Might be 4 devices this semester.

    XA 2 with snapdragon 653
    X2 e Xc2 with snapdragon 821
    X Premium with 835

    All waterproof, usb c

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    Oh man if this is true I mean with a beefy battery take my money. I really need an upgrade and 2016 failed to do that. Let’s see what happens in CES.

    Thanks for the info.

  • mixedfish

    Sony will do the impossible that other manufacturers can’t do, put in the headphone jack but match or beat the thinness and style of competitors. The Z3+ had no camera bulge and was still 6.9mm. The Sony Vaio Pro retained the VGA slot and full size SD card slot when everyone else could not do it.

    But in the end Sony will not get the credit.

  • Emil Oskarsson

    Why would I give 3 times more money for a wireless headset when I can buy a non wireless headset with much better sound quality? XD

  • Phil Gym

    Xperia phones always come with huge bezels. That means the leaked photo is fake

  • Phil Gym

    That website from georgia always posts false info. X Compact is a good example

  • Shafraz Sadiyan

    As of February 2014, Sony don’t own Vaio anymore. Nevertheless it’s still providing support.

  • Actman

    SONY is totally antithetical to SAMESUNG. Much better for SONY to stick with their ‘uniqueness’ rather than trailing the path that SAMESUNG is pursuing! I mean what’s the point of having the headphone jack removed? Yeah SAMESUNG and APPLE intended to suck your wallet dry!

  • imparanoic

    sony built in noise cancellation uses 5 pole jack, mdr-nc31em and high resolution mdr-nc750 are most current models

  • znorc

    Because you have different priorities. Open your mind a little.

    What headphones do you currently use?

  • Vjekoslav Andric

    Point blank refuse. Period. End of discussion
    Cant believe people are dumb enough to give money for iphone7 without the jack. There is no logical reason to remove it except earning more money on more expensive bt earphones. Then again, people were always dumb.

  • Khillo81

    Well, to be fair, they are offering an adapter to plug in your normal headphones for free with the phone. The downside is that you won’t be able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. I guess they figured out the backlash would be huge and softened the blow. Still, why remove the jack in the first place? It’s way too early and they could’ve done that in a later iteration of the phone. But I guess they’re getting pretty good at shooting themselves in the foot lately.

  • Stephen

    I’m surprised Apple did this first. Usually they sit around for years, releasing the usual rushed out crap, then suddenly APPLE have a feature and it’s suddenly the BEST it will ever be – case in point: finally doing waterproof phones – after Sony have been doing it for 5 years already. And that’s only the latest example – there are plenty of others. Guess they just ran out of other people’s ideas to copy this year.

  • betatesterz

    The headphone jack is and has been a standard key interface in any audio devices and will likely remain as such for at least another 20 years. So I’m not at all worried that Sony will disregard this standard anytime soon.

    Something akin to RJ45 Ethernet ports for professional Laptops.

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  • Talos the Robot

    I use my phone for listening to music and I don’t need an extra device for that even if they have a little better sound quality. Walkmans are great and I used to have one during the tape trading era where I had a lot of cassettes and no smartphones existed that time, but now in the digital era they have become way too expensive and I also don’t feel comfortable to carry an extra device with me.

  • Raghu Nath

    Well removing the audio jack makes no sense if you really care about users and their ease of use. Not everyone wants to use a Bluetooth headset and they are not cheap either, apart from that when you need to go hands free and the battery of the Bluetooth headset runs out then you have no other option. They need seperate charging and will come with additional cables and chargers which will need additional space when travelling. They might be useful in some cases but that’s not the only option a user needs. I personally will keep away from devices that don’t have a headphone jack, because it’s easy to use and you don’t have to worry about the charge running out at some point especially when you are on some important call. It did happen to me at times and is frustrating.

  • Joshua

    A pitty that in the most Z5 Premium the audio jack breaks. I know 4 people with that phone and every 3,5mm jack is broken. Hope they bring a quality smartphone again, because that’s not how I know these phones, they used to be reliable. Then there is no difference in removing the headphone jack if it doesn’t even work. And downsizing the battery like in the X-Series is just stupid and keeps me away from a purchase :(

  • kaostheory

    Taking away the headphone jack wouldn’t make a difference as it would work through usb.

  • kaostheory

    Xperiablog has never even done a review although they’ve reviewed other Sony headphones. Strange there’s no review anywhere on the net and no explanation on why the 750 is over $100 more than the 31. I was considering the upgrade but can’t find out if it’s worth it.

  • Ryuzaki Raiga

    1 question, when sony gonna put Dolby Atmos on their smartphone. chinese brand already put it, why Sony didn’t put it?

  • Akshay Persad

    Sony has made a point in promoting high resolution audio with literally the worst DAC on the market. When are they going to put a properly powerful DAC in their smartphones? I don’t understand why people overlook this. Even the Galaxy S7 has a more powerful dac than the latest Xperia.

  • Netto

    Actually, all the noise cancelling processes are done by the phone, on the phone. There’s no need for supplying more power to the headsets/headphones as the phone itself will “listen” to the noises and cancels them.

    This feature had existed since Z2. So removing the jack and forcing people to use USB headsets/headphones just for the sake of “supplying powers for noise cancelling” does not make sense in a way.

  • simbob

    I use the NC earbuds with a 5pin connector. It’s a Sony exclusive and a great idea. Never would I waste my time with a wireless headphone. EMR pollution is bad enough as it is.

  • simbob

    They even struggled for weeks to the release of the wireless earbuds, which is hilarious. It’s pretty crazy too how people now need to charge their watch, their headphones, the phone, the laptop, etc… None of those last more than a day.

  • simbob

    Yes, Electromagnetic radiations are increasingly linked to health problems. It’s sad that Apple introduced Night shift to boot Melatonin production while it is well known that EMR will inhibit it’s production non stop. If you really want to boost health, don’t use anything wireless and avoid wearables like the plague.

  • simbob

    It’s coming, no doubt about that.

  • CerberusSco

    Great points and all true. I have to admit that I saw trouble ahead as soon as Apple purchased the Beats by Dre brand. Apple want you to pay out a huge amount of money for their phones and now for their headphones and any headphones by Beats. I have a pair of AKG 452’s and they wipe the floor with any of the Beats range of headphones and they only cost me £46/$57/€54.

    Not only that, but the loss of the 3.5mm jack will render many headphones useless and will no doubt force many manufacturers to pay Apple a fee to use their lightning plugs (or adaptors) on their products. It’s all about the money and not, as Apple say, about saving space in their handsets or offering something different to their consumers. Apple does though have a track record when it comes to being a catalyst for removing things (USB, DVD etc) and forcing other manufacturers to follow suit.

  • fried_egg

    I love being able to use different headphones and earphones depending on what i am doing (cheap in ear at the gym, denon overear in the garden, sony noise cancelling in ear on the train etc)… Sony should pay a 3rd party to damage Apple’s credentials.. 100s of millions of additional batteries will now be produced and likely land filled because of their change to wireless earphones & owners needing to buy them to go with the iphone they use.. environmentally friendly Apple? Really?

  • fried_egg

    what a whole month since it started rolling out? the rumoured timetable put the z5 as being in about a month from now.. on top of that, a lot of apps have only just been updated to work with 7… so early adopters lost access to some major 3rd party apps like sky

  • Ararat Khlghatyan

    where the keyboard Xperia XZ? I was very comfortable, this new full 0 Zero

  • To me, Sony stands out of the crowd. They’re on a parallel, because they don’t tend to copy what other manufacturers are doing at this time (iPhoning all products)!
    They continue to stay faithful to their philosophy on technology, design and their users. So, I don’t think they’ll be dropping the headphone jack near soon.

  • TimmY

    Hopefully they read this or at least know that the headphone jack is an important part in a smartphone.

  • Scooba Mallary

    I’d get rid of it sooner than later. I haven’t used one in forever. If you’re shelling out the cash for a flagship, you are fairly likely to shell out for a decent bluetooth headset, as well.

  • kaostheory

    Missing the biggest point, none of the current connections are durable enough to be used as a headphone jack.

  • Борис Михаилов

    Not exactly: http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/gadgets/audio-music/noise-canceling-headphone3.htm

    Most of the noise canceling earphones with more quality that I’ve been using have a microphone next to the speaker, so they would gather information about the outside noise and try to discard it by adding an opposite wave to the outside one.

  • jonoave

    That’s fine. I just find it slightly amusing to read something mentioning audiophiles and good earphones, and then use use their phone as the output device.

  • azzido

    All devices except XA 2: same camera since Z5 without any changes in software algorithms
    XA 2: any kind of mediocre camera from the past.

  • AG12

    The Radio is on the Xperia X both default Xperia software and Concept software.

  • Hideg Jenő Péter

    It will skip 7 andd straight to 7.1.1

  • Emil Oskarsson

    The Sony mdr1a if I remember correctly :p aswell as a Sony Ericsson Livesound in ear headset from 2011 with amazing sound quality, haven’t found any in ear headset to be close to the sound quality of that one yet… :p

  • hmmm

    Just paid 300 euros for in ear headphones!keep the audio jack,don’t be stupid,don’t be apple!

  • Ziggy

    Headphone jack has to be in every device. It’s utter stupidity to remove it.

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  • Geese Howard

    They need to keep the jack, Sony has always given us phones with good audio quality and that is one of the selling points… unlike Apple who know’s jack shit thus they removed its ‘hole’.

  • jmaxim917

    Considering the 3.5mm headphone jack goes bad on many Xperia, Sony should consider getting rid of it.

  • jmaxim917

    I have both. The 31 cannot be beat.

  • Biancoceleste

    I’ll be really annoyed if Sony ( or any other decent android OEM) remove the 3.5mm jack.

  • wodesmkj

    If rid of the Headphone jack, I don’t buy it

  • Roh_Mish

    Go sony.

  • Battel

    As far i can remember Sony was the last company to add Fingerprint sensor & Dual Led flash & 32GB storage to their flagships, which’s cost more money to Sony and they was making more money without them, still NO Optical Image Stabilization and Still No QHD Displays and Still No Quick charger for the sake of money, (Sony is not a virgin) .

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