It's time to accept reality Android users. The headphone jack's going away.

It's time to accept reality Android users. The headphone jack's going away.
The HTC Bolt is HTC's first smartphone with no headphone jack.
PHOTO: Lili Sams/ Mashable

If you haven't gotten over Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, then make it your New Year's resolution to do so because Android phones are almost certainly going to follow suit and gut the port.

Word on the street is HTC's next flagship phone, expected to be unveiled on Thursday, will be the latest phone to kill the headphone jack.

Images posted to Weibo (via Android Police) claiming to be HTC's unannounced phone reveal a device that borrows ideas from the LG V20. Specifically, the little secondary display that sits on top of the main screen.

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The phone, codenamed "Ocean Note," looks to ditch the all-aluminium design that HTC proudly championed with last year's flagship HTC 10, in favour of a glass design (a trend for this year's flagship phones, it seems).

The leaked images of the "Ocean Note" phone match those from an earlier leak, from none other than Evan Blass a.k.a. @evleaks.

Last week, Blass published a video revealing HTC's plans to deliver phones that emphasise customisation. And as you can see in the image above, it sure looks like HTC will release its next flagship in multiple colorways.

While the Weibo leaks don't reveal anything in terms of specs (camera resolution, screen size, battery life?), Blass has some: 5.7-inch screen, Snapdragon 821 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and Android 7.0 Nougat.

It all sounds pretty good, but the feature you're going to mourn the most is the headphone jack.

Nooo! Why would HTC cut that? The only thing good left about Android is that most of them still have headphone jacks, you say!

Well, we hate to break it to you, but HTC's already started its transition away from the headphone jack.

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