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Why OnePlus India removed this accessory from OnePlus 7 Pro's retail box

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Gadgets Now
15th May, 2019 21:20 IST
Around this time last year, OnePlus was getting all the applause by fans while introducing the OnePlus 6 flagship smartphone. One of the features that got the most cheers was the inclusion of 3.5mm headphone jack, a feature which by that time vanished from nearly all the other flagship smartphones. And OnePlus for appreciated for that as it boasted that it was something that the community members always wanted.

However, within six months, the voice of community apparently changed and OnePlus 6T came with a single USB Type-C port. But that was still fine as the handset came with a 3.5mm to USB Type-C converter out of the box. With the company’s newest flagship, OnePlus 7 Pro, even the converter has gone from the retail box. But the company’s India head Vikas Agarwal, in an interview with TOI Tech-Gadgets Now talked why the company did what it did.

According to Agarwal, the company doesn’t see many people buying the converter now. He says that people have ‘accepted’ the wireless ecosystem and that the audio quality and connectivity factors have also improved. Unfortunately, if you are one of those OnePlus 7 Pro buyers who already has a good 3.5mm headphone, you would have to buy the converter separately at the same price. There won’t be a change in the price of the particular accessory.

“The price will remain the same and we don’t really see people buying the headphone converter to be able to use the headset. I think what we’re seeing here is that the market trend is moving towards Bluetooth because that’s really the future and people have accepted it. And the quality of the Bluetooth headsets is really improving and the connectivity experience is becoming better. It’s a matter of price difference, because typically people may already have those wired headsets or they find it cheaper right, but that is something I would say for OnePlus user, they are more quality conscious users and they will probably go for the Bluetooth wireless or some other brand or probably not really miss the traditional headset,” said Agarwal to TOI Tech-Gadgets Now during the OnePlus 7 Pro and OnePlus 7 launch.

That said, the company also introduced the Bullets Wireless 2 earphones for Rs 5,999. These come with three drivers and better build than its predecessor. The device also supports Warp Charge 30 and Bluetooth v5.0.
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