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.
LATEST UPDATE: June 14 in 2017 ~ the companies are listed in alphabetical order. Under each company, the smartphones are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first)…
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus (September 2016)
- the OG (June 2017)
- HTC U11 “Squeeze” (May 2017)
- HTC U Ultra, U Play (January 2017)
- HTC Bolt (November 2016)
- LePro 3 (October 2016)
- LeEco Le 2, Le 2 PRO, Le Max 2 (April 2016)
- Moto Z, Z Droid, Z Droid Force (various 2016)
- However, the Moto Z Play and Z2 Play have a headphone jack