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Does The Pixel 6a Have A 3.5mm Headphone Jack?

Year after year, Google’s cheap Pixels have been reliable handsets for people who use the 3.5mm headphone jack. Does the Pixel 6a do the same?

The Pixel 6a is shaping up to be Google’s best budget Pixel ever, but when it comes to the 3.5mm headphone jack, there’s an unexpected twist. Finding a smartphone with a headphone jack in 2022 is all but impossible with most devices. Whether you’re looking at the iPhone 13, Galaxy S22, Pixel 6 Pro, or OnePlus 10 Pro, none of the latest flagships have a headphone jack on them. It’s an annoying trend, but it’s also one we’ve had to get used to ever since the iPhone 7 ditched the headphone jack way back in 2016.

But there are some smartphones that keep the 3.5mm headphone jack alive — specifically, budget options. Last year’s Galaxy A52 5G has a headphone jack, the OnePlus Nord N10 has one, and many of Motorola’s Moto G handsets still have a headphone jack. This is also something that Google’s regularly addressed with its affordable Pixel phones. Despite removing the headphone jack from the flagship Pixel lineup in 2017 with the Pixel 2, the Pixel 3a, Pixel 4a, and Pixel 5a have all shipped with a trusty 3.5mm headphone jack.


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That brings us to the most recent Pixel 6a. Announced in May 2022, the Pixel 6a has a few exciting upgrades over its Pixel 5a predecessor. It’s touting a much sleeker design, Google’s custom Tensor chipset, potentially longer battery life, and more robust camera features. Unfortunately, the Pixel 6a delivers all of those upgrades without a headphone jack. After three generations of affordable Pixels — all of which had a 3.5mm headphone jack — the Pixel 6a is the first one to come without the legacy port.

Why The Pixel 6a Doesn’t Have A Headphone Jack

Google Pixel 6a

Why doesn’t the Pixel 6a have a headphone jack? That’s the million-dollar question. Although Google hasn’t provided an official answer, it’s safe to assume what lead the company to this decision. Similar to Apple, Samsung, and OnePlus, removing the headphone jack was probably a calculated business decision on Google’s part. For one thing, omitting the headphone jack likely makes the Pixel 6a more affordable to manufacture. The component itself can’t be that expensive, but when multiplied by however many millions of units Google expects to sell, it’s a cost-saving that quickly adds up. Furthermore, not including a headphone jack means some Pixel 6a customers will likely be forced to buy a new pair of headphones. And lucky for them, Google has the Pixel Buds A-Series and Pixel Buds Pro just waiting to be purchased.

While seeing the headphone jack disappear from the Pixel 6a is disappointing, nothing about the change is surprising. The reality is that the headphone jack on a smartphone is yesterday’s technology. Most companies have totally moved past it, fewer phones retain the feature, and we’re rapidly approaching a future where no smartphone (at least none from a major manufacturer) still has a headphone jack. Be it the Google Pixel 6a or any of the other handsets without a headphone jack, that’s just the world we live in today.

Next: Does The Pixel 6a Have 5G?

Source: Google

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