Xiaomi gives an official explanation for removing the headphone jack from Mi 6


Xiaomi Mi 6 launched last week with an impressive design and the hardware. Apart from the four-sided 3D glass design, Xiaomi yanked out the 3.5mm audio port or headphone jack, as most people call it. Xiaomi is also pushing its agenda to channel audio via the USB Type-C port on the Mi 6.

While the Mi 6 made its debut in China, many Indians are yet to discover the absence of the headphone jack. Xiaomi’s social account on Chinese microblogging network Weibo has shared the official explanation on why the audio port is absent.

Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi bundles a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter with the Mi 6.

For starters, Xiaomi states that the company hasn’t removed the audio interface but only the port. Users can still use the bundled USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio adapter to plug in their favourite pair of headphones or other compatible accessories.

Furthermore, Xiaomi states that removing the headphone jack made more space for other components. As of now, we don’t know which “additional” components have taken the headphone port’s place.


At the launch, one of the slides in the Xiaomi’s presentation stated – “Splash resistant. All openings properly sealed and protected.”

The interesting part is that the Xiaomi Mi 6 is just splash resistant and does not have any Ingress Protection certification like the other flagships.

Xiaomi Mi 6
Removing headphone jack provided space for additional components ~ Xiaomi

LeEco started the trend of removing the headphone jack and channelling audio interface via USB Type-C port. Even Apple has removed the 3.5mm audio port or the headphone jack in the iPhone 7. There was some initial uproar, but things appear to be okay now.

Xiaomi is just following the inevitable trend, even though its reasoning might not appear to be in the right place for now. Xiaomi Mi 6 is rumoured to launch in India next month.

[Source: Xiaomi’s Weibo page (1), (2)]