LATEST UPDATE: November 1 in 2017 ~ Razer joins the list of “traitors” :)… the big Google day, the Pixel 2 ditching the headphone jack with Google releasing $159 wireless but not truly wireless “Pixel Buds”. The War for the Headphone Jack got real!
Even the best of futurists sometimes have a hard time beating a coin toss with their predictions, so I have no way of knowing where the headphone jack will be in five or ten or twenty or thirty years from now. At the moment however, it reigns supreme in smartphones, despite some high profile defectors to the Lightning cable (Apple) and USB-C (a few Android models).
Given the situation today, it is a lot easier to keep track of the smartphones that do not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, rather than keep track of all the ones that do (the vast majority of them). There is only a handful of defectors so far. 2016 created a mini panic, but as of mid 2017, the existential crisis that was predicted did not materialize.
Samsung’s Galaxy 8 co-flagships along with the LG G6 and Sony XZ*, Huawei P10 flagships continued to embrace the headphone jack. Heck, even the brand new iPad Pro 10.5″ has a headphone jack 🙂 But the year is not over yet, we are still waiting for the new Note 8, LG V30, Pixel 2, iPhone 8, Moto Z flagships.
- iPhone X (September 2017)
- iPhone 8, 8 PLUS (September 2017)
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus (September 2016)
- the OG (June 2017)
- Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL (October 2017)
- HTC U11 “Squeeze” (May 2017)
- HTC U Ultra, U Play (January 2017)
- HTC Bolt (November 2016)
- LeEco Le Pro 3, Le S3, (October 2016)
- LeEco Le 2, Le 2 PRO, Le Max 2 (April 2016)
- Moto Z2 Force (July 2017)
- Moto Z, Z Droid, Z Droid Force (various 2016)
- However, the Moto Z Play and Z2 Play have a headphone jack
- Razer Phone (November 2017)
- Xiaomi Mi 6 (April 2017)
NOTES and COMMENTARY
The companies above are listed in alphabetical order. Under each company, the smartphones are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent ones first).
The dates in the parenthesis are the dates each smartphone was officially announced. They are not the dates they began shipping since those vary globally and by carrier and phone status (eg unlocked versus carrier).