Leaked dongle hints at end of the headphone jack on Galaxy Note 10

And now, the end is near.

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A leaked adapter signals the possible end of the headphone jack on the Galaxy Note 10. 

Roland Quandt

The headphone jack on phones had a good run, but like all good things, it eventually must end. That end seems to have finally arrived with Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 10 line

After being one of the last holdouts against the trend of ditching the headphone jack, it appears that Samsung is going to do just that for the Note 10 line. In leaked images shared Thursday by Roland Quandt and SamMobile, it seems pretty clear Samsung is planning a 3.5mm headphone jack to USB-C dongle for its new Note 10 and 10 Plus. 

The dongle itself looks like, well, a headphone adapter no different than what Apple makes for its iPhones or Google makes for its Pixels . But it signals the end of an era, showing that Samsung may indeed be planning to move on without the port going forward. 

It is unclear if Samsung will include the dongle in the box (like Google) or charge separately for it (like Apple). That answer, as well as Samsung's heavily rumored and leaked next flagships, will likely need to wait until Samsung's Unpacked event on Aug. 7. 

Samsung didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.