What are the best smartphones with a headphone jack in 2019? I don't know you but I sometimes use my phone to record conversations and insert a microphone using the 3.5 mm headphone jack on my smartphone. If you are a purist like I am that is still holding on to the headphone jack, you are fighting a losing battle, but there is still hope because we have compiled a list of 5 best smartphones with a headphone jack in 2019.
You have probably seen Titanic-inspired headphone jack memes on social media highlighting the sad fate of the universal 3.5 mm headphone jack. First, it was the death of removable batteries, and now it is the death of the headphone jack. U.S based manufacturer Apple Inc initiated this new trend. Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and many other companies, including Samsung, have also gone down the same route despite making fun of it at first.
The fact that many flagship smartphones no longer include a headphone jack is a huge blow, especially to music lovers and those that consume content heavily on their handsets. It is because it brings about some inconveniences that come with forcing people to use the USB type C for their wired audio connection. For example, you cannot charge and listen to music using your earphones at the same time unless you use wireless earphones.
Unfortunately, wireless earphones have limited battery capacity, so they have to be charged regularly, and good-quality ones are also very expensive. Fortunately, there are still phones that still maintain the headphone jack, thus our list which includes the best phones for headphones in 2019.
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We compiled the list of the best smartphones with headphone jacks by first selecting criteria for the candidates. We obviously had to prioritize the latest releases that have headphone jacks, which means that any phone without a headphone jack was off the list. Second, we considered the components and performance of these handsets by evaluating their chipsets, the RAM, internal storage camera performance and even their battery capacity. This criteria made it possible for us to narrow down the list. Fortunately, the phones that managed to make it to the list are those that were released this year. This is because companies keep competing against each other and so every year the phones end up being more powerful and feature-packed compared to those released in the previous year. We also focused on making sure that the list was as accurate as possible, so we crosschecked with other similar lists published not so long ago. They were published on Wired.com and notebookcheck.net. We also went a step further to make sure that our list was well updated by checking newer releases that have the headphone jack and we crosschecked the release dates as well as the features through gmsarena. Which are the most affordable mid-range smartphones with headphone jacks? This is one of the other questions related to headphone jacks that we encountered during our search. You will be happy to know that some of the best budget phone out there are on this list, and also the cherry on top is that one of the best gaming phones of 2019 tops the list.
#5 Xiaomi Mi 9T/ Mi 9T Pro
Xiaomi has taken the smartphone market by storm this year with its robust offering, and leading the Chinese company's charge is the Xiaomi Mi 9T and the Mi 9T Pro. This phone has earned global recognition as the best flagship killer because it offers some features available in high-end phones, but it manages to do so at budget-phone prices between $300 and $380.
Despite the humble price range, the Mi 9T Pro version comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of internal storage. It also comes with an AMOLED screen and of course, the 3.5 MM headphone jack. It, however, lacks some features found in the latest flagship smartphones, such as wireless charging and an IP rating. Yet, it can be forgiven since it is still a budget handset, and those features would have increased the price anyway.
#4 The LG G8
LG still makes good phones, but its handsets are not so popular, and this is perhaps the company does not market them enough. An excellent example of one of the best phones that the South Korean electronics manufacturer makes is the LG G8 which is feature-packed. For instance, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and a beautiful OLED display.
The LG G8 also has a game in the camera department, thus increasing its appeal. Its cameras are just as good as those on the Samsung Galaxy S10+. It solidifies its camera offering with a robust camera app that has a comprehensive manual mode that professional photographers will appreciate. It has a 3500 mAh battery, which is not the biggest, but it is optimized for efficient performance. The headphone jack is the icing on the cake for those who prefer to have it on the phone.
#3 The Huawei P30
It is the little brother to the infamous Huawei P30 Pro, which has a monstrous camera. While the flagship comes with beefier offerings, it excludes the headphone jack, but the P30 has it. If that 3.5 mm jack means a lot to you, then you should consider this phone. You will not be missing out on much since the Huawei P30 still has a lot to offer despite being slightly toned down. It even has a Kirin 980 whose equivalent is the Snapdragon 855. It also has a decent battery at 3650 mAh.
Its cameras are still good, but the image processor is not as good as the one on the P30 Pro. It also does not have optical image stabilization and has 3X zoom rather than the 5X zoom on the beefier version. Nevertheless, the P30 makes up for its shortcomings through a lower price tag.
#2 The Samsung Galaxy S10+
The Galaxy S10+ is one of the few flagships that managed to retain the headphone jack, an interesting decision from Samsung, considering that it deleted the headphone jack in the Note 10. The Galaxy S10+ also features DAC to support a higher quality of sound through the 3.5 mm headphone jack, making it a strong option for individuals that are very particular when it comes to quality.
Since this is one of Samsung’s flagships in 2019, it comes with high-end features such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, a 4100 mAh battery, stereo speakers, IP68 certification. If you can tolerate the unusual camera holes on the screen and relatively slow charging, then this might be the phone for you, especially if you are after an excellent Android phone with headphone jack.
#1 Asus ROG Phone 2
It is perhaps the most powerful phone in 2019, and that is no surprise since this is a gaming phone. Asus went all out on this one by giving it the full treatment, which includes the latest best processor from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 855+. The device has a massive 12 GB of RAM to cater to demanding gaming needs, a whopping 1TB of internal storage, and 6,000 mAh battery as well as 30W fast charging.
The Asus ROG Phone 2 also comes with a 120 Hz AMOLED display so you can imagine how smooth this phone feels, especially when gaming or even scrolling through the menu. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also present in this one. This robust offering from ASUS costs $899. While that is flagship territory, this device is moderately priced, considering that it goes above and beyond with its offerings, and that is why it tops our list of the best phones with headphone jacks in 2019.
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