Which 2017 smartphones will ditch the headphone jack for good?

HTC 11

Unlike Samsung, HTC has already shown its disdain for the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack - its latest handset the HTC 10 Evo does without it, making do with a single USB-C port instead.

The handset comes with HTC’s own USB-C headphones, which draw power from the USB-C port to ‘scan’ your ears, adjusting and tweaking the sound balance accordingly.

If HTC has gone down this route for one of its mid-range handsets, then we expect the HTC 11 to arrive sans headphone jack as well, along with an improved pair of bundled USB-C headphones.

Lenovo Moto Z2

Even the name of Moto’s next flagship is speculation at this point, but we’re sticking with Z2 for now. For hopefully obvious reasons.

The incredibly thin current-gent Moto Z turned heads at its launch thanks to its modular design, and the fact that it was one of the first handsets ever to ditch the headphone jack, in favour of a USB-C port.

If Lenovo wants to keep that ridiculously thin profile in the second generation Z handset, then we can’t see it returning to the ol’ fat headphone jack.

The Keepers

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