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Samsung ditches headphone jack in Galaxy Note10

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Danielle Haynes
The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ allow gesture controls using the devices' S Pen. Image courtesy of Samsung
The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ allow gesture controls using the devices' S Pen. Image courtesy of Samsung

Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Samsung became the latest cellphone manufacturer to do away with the headphone jack with the release of its newest model, the Galaxy Note10, company officials revealed during a product event Wednesday in New York City.

Users wanting to listen to music or podcasts on the new 6.3-inch Note10 -- or its 6.8-inch big brother Note10+ -- must use headphones that connect via Bluetooth or a USB-C port. Those who don't have either option can use an adapter to attach traditional headphones to the smartphone, much like the dongle Apple issued with its iPhones when it ditched the headphone jack in 2016.

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Samsung was one of the last major cellphone manufacturers to still create phones with headphone jacks. The company criticized Apple when it first made the switch.

In addition to the headphone changes, Samsung is making the Note in two sizes for the first time. The company said it's doing this because some customers want a smaller, more affordable phone.

Other changes with the new phones include:

-- Four rear cameras in the Note10+

-- No microSD card slot in the Note10

-- Gesture controls using the S Pen

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-- New prismatic backs on two of the phones' color options

-- Increased wireless charging speed

The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ go on sale Aug. 23 and are available for pre-order Thursday.

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