Ever since Apple did away with the iPhone’s headphone jack, the issue’s been one of consternation every time another brand debuts a jackless phone.
A lot of the time, people accuse makers of dropping the jack in order to sell additional pricey Bluetooth headphones.
That was the same for Razer, which recently released its first ever smartphone; people said it was so they could sell its $79.99 USB C headphones, or $99.99 Bluetooth ones.
However, Razer CEO, Min-Liang Tan, has revealed that removing the headphone jack added a very respectable 500mAh to the phone’s battery by way of size.
The large phone has a huge 4,000mAh battery, which is no doubt necessary to support its souped up performance and 120Hz screen refresh rate. (For reference, the massive Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a 3,330mAh battery.)
Tan said in a Facebook post, the extra space afforded by the jack also gave the phone makers a way to improve its thermal dissipation, for better performance.
In response to a commenter on the post, Tan added that “every micro milimeter counts” in packing components in phone’s tight form factor. The jack is a “HUGE component,” he said.
With the headphone jack, the phone “would have been significantly larger,” he said.
Tan didn’t hold back either, in this reply: