Samsung announced the Galaxy Tab S3 in February, with the tablet effectively becoming the first to take advantage of the company’s new partnership with Harman.
At the time, rumors about the now-released Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ were all over and in fact, the tech giant threw the first teaser of the phones at the Tab S3’s launch event. Samsung confirmed that all of its flagship phones’ audio will be tuned by AKG in order to support a premium listening experience. When the Galaxy S8 and S8+ came to life, the Korean tech titan made the deal even sweeter by bundling free AKG earbuds that would otherwise set you back about $100.
Being Samsung’s main competition in the flagship smartphone business in the U.S., the latest word on the street claims that Apple’s iPhone 8, which should be released in September or October this year, will also follow the same path and ship with a free pair of wireless Airpods.
Last year, the iPhone 7 joined other OEMs in dropping the support for the traditional 3.5mm audio jack. While there are supported headphones that you can use via the Lightning Connector, the company also released Airpods designed for wireless audio listening by sold them a separate accessory. Now, this same accessory will reportedly be shipped inside the same package as the iPhone 8 later this year.
A quick look at Apple’s official website will tell you that the Airpods in question here cost about $206, which is twice what Samsung is offering via the AKG earpods. With such a deal, many won’t feel the pain of losing out on the 3.5mm audio jack while at the same time being forced to shell out an additional $200 for what is an “inconvenience” caused by Apple.
This report comes from JP Morgan, but it doesn’t mean it will materialize. However, such a move would be a welcome idea for potential iPhone 8 buyers and it may also help with Apple’s targets of beating Samsung Galaxy S8 following its awesome start to life across different markets globally.
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