Intel explains why USB audio could be better than headphone jack reports that Intel says new USB-C audio standard will offer better sound quality than the 3.5mm audio jack.

Soon the 3.5mm audio jack will be a thing of the past and if latest moves by major smartphone makers is any hint, then we are already bidding adieu to the proprietary connector.

The 3.5mm audio jack, which was introduced as a way to connect headphones into an audio player is poised to be replaced by USB-C port. Most smartphones and high end laptops have transitioned from microUSB to USB-C as the primary port of interface and the reversible USB port is now aiming to kill the well known audio jack.

At IDF, Intel has announced new USB audio standard that will push 3.5mm audio out of the smartphone industry.

The first problem with USB-C port replacing the headphone jack is the countless number of headphones people own right now and ones that are lying in the inventory. The second problem being that while listening to music with a USB-C based headphone, it will become impossible to charge the device and vice-versa.

Intel says its new USB audio standard will ensure efficient battery consumption and also define new mechanism for buttons to pause music or lower volume, reports CNET.


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