Headphone jacks used to be a key component of any smartphone. Today, they’ve become increasingly rare — even on Samsung devices like the S20 FE.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE launched to much fanfare in late 2020, but some of that fanfare dies down when the subject of the headphone jack comes up. The Galaxy S20 FE offers many of the features found in the rest of the S20 range at a lower price. Although it’s pared-back in comparison to the ‘regular’ S20, there’s still plenty to like about the S20 FE. It has 5G connectivity, a triple-lens camera, and six different color choices (all of which look fantastic).
The full S20 line uses a USB Type-C connector, and naturally the S20 FE natively supports Type-C wired headphones, too. Whereas the S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra all come with headphones in the box, though, the S20 FE does not. As the most affordable device in the range, that’s one area in which costs were cut — and it means users must make a choice about how they want to listen via headphones.
Like the other Galaxy S20 phones – and most others now being released – the Galaxy S20 FE does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. But that doesn’t mean consumers can’t use traditional headphones with it. While those who already have USB Type-C wired headphones will be good to go, it is also possible to connect headphones that require a 3.5mm jack. All that’s needed is a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter. Samsung points out that some Type-C adapters may not be compatible, and so advises individuals to check before making a purchase.
The Galaxy S20 FE Also Works With Bluetooth Headphones
Of course, users no longer need to be tethered to their phones by wired headphones anymore. As one would expect, S20 FE users can listen using wireless Bluetooth headphones. And this is where it gets a little interesting. The Galaxy S20 FE features Samsung’s Dual Audio functionality, which means users can connect two Bluetooth audio devices and listen through both at the same time.
In practice, this means users can connect to two Bluetooth speakers each located in a different room, or two people could connect Bluetooth headphones in order to listen to the same music or watch the same movie. The only caveat Samsung gives is that different audio devices may sound slightly different. Needless to say, there’s always the option of doing away with headphones and speakers altogether and listening via the S20 FE’s stereo speakers. Regardless of how users choose to listen, sound on the device is tuned by AKG, and there’s surround sound support with Dolby Atmos. While the lack of the headphone jack is disappointing, the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE manages to offer ample listening options even without it.
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