Since Apple made the decision to cut out the headphone jack way back in 2016 with the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, many Android manufacturers have followed suit, including Google and OnePlus.
Even Samsung — a company that once made fun of Apple for ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack — didn’t feature the port in its most recent flagships, the Galaxy Note 10 series.
With that in mind, we’re making a list of our predictions of the more notable smartphones that we expect to launch with a headphone jack in 202o.
Immediately, we’re cutting Apple’s iPhones, Google’s flagships and OnePlus’ handsets. It’s unclear if Huawei will sell its P40 Pro in Canada, but if it does, it won’t feature a headphone jack. That said, it is possible that the P40 and P40 Lite handsets will though.
It’s also likely that Google will still include the 3.5mm jack in the Pixel 4a.
Renders of the Galaxy S11 (or Galaxy S20, depending on who you ask) show that Samsung’s next flagship also won’t feature a headphone jack. It’s safe to assume that the upcoming Note 11 also won’t feature the 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s possible that the lower end variants of these devices will sport the jack, however.
Motorola doesn’t really launch flagship-level smartphones anymore — even its foldable Razr phone doesn’t feature Qualcomm’s flagship processor or headphone jack.
Sony no longer sells phones in Canada, and HTC’s smartphone business seems to have disappeared, especially in Canada.
What phones will have the headphone jack
- Renders of the LG G9 ThinQ show that the phone features the 3.5mm headphone jack. It seems like LG will continue to keep the headphone jack in all its flagships, at least for now.
We also think that Asus will still feature the headphone jack in its ZenFone and ROG lineup. The ZF6 continued to include the 3.5mm jack even though it ditched the front-facing camera. The ROG Phone II also still features the headphone jack, which makes sense because of its focus on gaming.
TCL’s 10 Pro and 10 L were sort of revealed at CES 2020, and these devices also sport a headphone jack.
2020 has only just begun and there might be some surprises this year. At the end of 2020, we’ll compile a list of the smartphones with the 3.5mm port and see how our predictions stack up.
Let us know in the comments below what you think about the several manufacturers that are ditching the 3.5mm jack. Additionally, is the inclusion of the headphone jack enough for you to consider handsets like the rumoured G9 and the upcoming ZenFone 7?
It’s important to note that we’re primarily discussing flagship smartphones in this story as many mid-range handsets still feature the headphone jack.