Smartphones with headphone jacks appear to be an endangered species these days. But ZTE subsidiary is pushing back with a new smartphone that not only has a headphone jack… it has two of them.

The Nubia Music is a smartphone designed to put music front and center. It has two 3.5mm audio jacks on top of the device, a big speaker on the back of the phone (which looks a bit like a vinyl record), and DTS:X Ultra sound. That said, it doesn’t appear to have audiophile-level hardware: The phone is positioned as a budget device that will sell for around $149 in available markets.

Nubia says the speaker is about 6 times louder than most smartphones, while the second headphone jack will let you and a friend listen at the same time.

The phone has a 6.6 inch HD+ display with a 90 Hz refresh rate, a Unisoc SC9863A processor, 4GB to 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of storage It also features a 5,000 mAh battery, 50MP + 2MP rear cameras, and a 5MP front camera.

Nubia is also showing off a model with an unusually colorful back panel with blue, red, yellow, and white patterns, although the phone is also expected to come in more subdued color options, including a mostly-yellow model.

via @robsoniqe, @G-Schneemann, @hkyamane, and NotebookCheck

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  1. Is the top of the device always the better place for the headphone jacks? If the device is plugged into USB at the bottom and simultanously has headphones plugged in at the top, it would be a bit cumbersome to deal with. However, when the device is not plugged into USB, the top location could be advantagous.

  2. Adults are almost never going to encounter a situation where you have two people with wired headphones who have enough time and tolerate each other enough to stick them both in the same audio player gizmo. So, at least from my country’s amalgamate perspective, this is an entire phone made specifically for school kids who have friends they sit next to on the bus and listen to music with, yet are still willing to tolerate the social stigma against wired headphones, which is really a tiny niche.
    There’s one big problem: school children can have very little tolerance for anyone who doesn’t have iMessage.
    So, if your kid pulls this out, the message this is going to send is “I’m lonely but I don’t know what normal people are like and have ridiculous social fantasies, please bully me”, although most kids aren’t smart enough to read that deep into it. The rest will just think “that phone has two headphone jacks why is that, that’s weird, is that kid weird?”

    Of course it’s a little different in a high trust society with a lot of public transportation and places to sit where you don’t have to stay inside so you don’t get attacked. Where it’s like that in actual FACT, not where you have to pretend that’s what it’s like so people don’t call you a monster for suggesting that things haven’t been improving. Or, it might be tolerated better in an impoverished society where getting mugged and into fights is so common that you’re just weak and unworthy if you’ve got a problem with that, so you’d better have a gang together, and it’s kind of expected that you might not be able to afford airpods and iphones.

    1. The iMessage stigma is fairly unique for the USA… So it’s not really a problem in most the rest of the world.
      I agree with you that it’s probably not focused on adults though. The exception would be if two people sit together on a flight and watch the same movie. But for that, not many watch it on a tiny phone screen, but rather on a tablet or a laptop (with the adapter to split the sound output).

      It does however bring back memories from a time when some Walkman cassette tape players had two headphone jacks, for music sharing.

        1. Oh, the original TPS-L2 had double headphone jacks.

          From Wikipedia…
          The metal-cased blue-and-silver Walkman TPS-L2, the world’s first low-cost portable stereo, went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979. In June 1980, it was introduced in the U.S. In the UK, it came with stereo playback and two mini headphone jacks, permitting two people to listen at the same time (though it came with only one pair of MDR-3L2 headphones). Where the Pressman had the recording button, the TPS-L2 had a “hotline” button which activated a small built-in microphone, partially overriding the sound from the cassette, and allowing one user to talk to the other over the music. Originally marketed as the “Soundabout” in the U.S., the “Stowaway” in the U.K., and the “Freestyle” in Sweden, SONY soon had the new name “Walkman” embossed into the metal tape cover of the device. When the follow-up model, “Walkman II” came out, the “hotline” button was phased out.

          Funnily enough, the portable player is still called a “Freestyle” in Sweden.

          1. Wow, I had the Sony Walkman TPS-L2, and though I distinctly remember the “HOT LINE” microphone pass-through button, I forgot about the dual headphone jacks! Thanks for the refresher.

      1. This. iMessage and everything Apple related is focused on some countries, not most of the world. I couldn’t care less for Apple, and my children will be educated that way too. Apple is like a cancer you can’t get rid of 🙁