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Smartphones With USB Type C Connectivity | Best USB Type C Phones

After the launch of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus back in September 2015, it was time for the next iPhone rumors. One of the strongest rumor which eventually became true was the omission of the traditional 3.5mm audio jack. However, Apple wasn’t the first mainstream smartphone company to remove the 3.5mm jack. It was a Chinese brand named LeEco who had removed the headphone jack in their smartphones called Le 2, Le 2Pro and Le Max2 back in April 2016. They had introduced a new lossless audio standard via USB Type-C port known as Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA). Later, Apple went on to get rid of the jack in their iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. We also think that wireless audio is the future and one age-old port that can only be used to plugin headphones is a waste of space. Also, with USB C port and lightning port, we can get better audio output. So let’s check out the smartphones without 3.5mm jack, which has USB Type-C audio support here.

As usual, this listing is also in no specific order like most of our other articles. So without any further delay, let’s get started with the list of smartphones with USB Type-C audio support.

Best USB Type C Smartphones

These are the USB Type-C phones that do not have 3.5mm audio jack

1. LeEco Le 2

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LeEco Le 2, launched back in April 2016 in China, is one of the first smartphones without 3.5mm jack in the world. The company had introduced a new lossless audio technology called Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA), which uses the USB Type-C port. They had even introduced a headphone with USB Type-C port, which sounded superior than a traditional 3.5mm headphone. LeEco had bundled a 3.5mm to USB C converter as well so that the consumers could use their old headphones. This phone is also listed in our best smartphones under 15000 in India.

Key Specifications of LeEco Le 2
Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 1.8GHz Snapdragon 652 octa-core SoC
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB (non-expandable)
Operating System EUI (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Rear Camera 16MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) with Fast Charging
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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2. Apple iPhone 7

Apple iPhone 7 - One of the Smartphones without 3.5mm jack

Apple iPhone 7, also one of the smartphones without 3.5mm jack, was launched back in September 2016. In the box, Apple had supplied a EarPods (headphone) with lightning port instead of the traditional 3.5mm jack. The company had also given a free lightning to 3.5mm adapter so that the consumers can use their old headphones. It is one of the most compact flagship smartphones of all time, which is very superior in performance. You should use a wireless bluetooth headset with this phone for best audio results.

Key Specifications of Apple iPhone 7
Display 4.7-inch Retina
Processor 2.3GHz A10 quad-core SoC
RAM 2GB
Storage 32GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System iOS 11
Rear Camera 12MP with true-tone quad-LED flash
Front Camera 7MP with Retina flash
Battery 1960mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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3. LeEco Le Max2

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LeEco Le Max2, launched back in April 2016 in China, is one of the few smartphones with USB Type-C port for audio. It uses the Continual Digital Lossless Audio (CDLA) standard for lossless audio output that has been developed by LeEco. It uses the USB Type-C port instead of the 3.5mm jack. It is a flagship phone with a Quad HD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM and many more superior features. In order to get the best audio output from this phone, you should use a wireless bluetooth headphone. It is also one of the best smartphones under 20000 in India.

Key Specifications of LeEco Le Max2
Display 5.7-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB (non-expandable)
Operating System EUI (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Rear Camera 21MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3100mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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4. Apple iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus - Best iOS Smartphone of 2017

Apple iPhone 7 Plus, one of the best flagship smartphones of 2017, launched back in September 2016 does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Hence, it is one of the few smartphones without 3.5mm jack in this world currently. It boasts of a 5.5-inch Full HD Retina IPS 3D touch display, A10 quad-core chipset and 3GB RAM. It has one of the best dual camera systems in any smartphone globally. Apple does pack a free lightning to 3.5mm adapter inside the box so that consumers can use their old headphones.

Key Specifications of Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.3GHz A10 quad-core SoC
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB/128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System iOS 11
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with true-tone quad-LED flash
Front Camera 7MP with Retina flash
Battery 2900mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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5. Moto Z

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Moto Z, a modular flagship smartphone, launched back in June 2016 in San Francisco, does not come with the traditional 3.5mm audio jack. Hence, it is one of the best smartphones with USB Type-C port for audio. It is also one of the best smartphones under 40000 in India, that has 12 “magic pins” located at the bottom back for attaching the Moto mods. You can plugin the JBL SoundBoost mod for an enhanced audio experience as well, if you’re not a headphone guy and would prefer listening via a speaker.

Key Specifications of Moto Z
Display 5.5-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 quad-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat
Rear Camera 13MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 5MP with LED flash
Battery 2600mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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6. HTC U Ultra

HTC U Ultra - Smartphone without 3.5mm jack

HTC U Ultra, the latest flagship smartphone from the house of HTC, launched in India back in February 2017, does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack. Thus, the HTC U Ultra has become one of the rarest smartphones without 3.5mm jack. It supports USB Type-C port for audio. The U Ultra also supports HTC BoomSound audio technology and comes with four microphones, which always listens to the user for AI and can record “3D audio” as well.

Key Specifications of HTC U Ultra
Display 5.7-inch + 2-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 quad-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 54GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System HTC Sense UI (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Rear Camera 12MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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7. LeEco Le Pro 3

LeEco Le Pro 3 packs Snapdragon 821 SoC with 6GB RAM

LeEco Le Pro 3, a mid-range monitor with Snapdragon 821 processor, launched back in September 2016 does not come with a 3.5mm audio jack. It is one of the smartphones without 3.5mm jack that uses USB Type-C port for audio. LeEco uses its own CDLA lossless audio technology for superior audio performance. However, you cannot listen to songs using a USB C headphone and charge the phone at the same time, hence you’ll need to go wireless if you want to do both at the same time.

Key Specifications of LeEco Le Pro 3
Display 5.5-inch Full HD
Processor 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 quad-core SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB (non-expandable)
Operating System EUI (Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
Rear Camera 16MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 4070mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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This brings us to the end of our curated list of smartphones without 3.5mm jack or smartphones with USB Type-C port for audio. We will keep on updating the list as and when a smartphone without a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack is being launched. Do you want the 3.5mm jack to stay in a smartphone or not? Let us know in the comments section below. Also tell us, how will you cope with this situation? Are you planning to go wireless or have already gone wireless by purchasing bluetooth headphones or would prefer USB C audio? Jot down your points below and check out our other stories as well.

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Bibek Saha

He is the Co-Founder of BSU. A Tech enthusiast at heart, who loves to write long form articles. A certified foodie who won't give up Chicken for anything else in this world. A Manchester United fan, who loves to play Fifa when not in work mode.

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    • A bankrupt company cannot afford to pay us! We have listed LeEco here as they were the first smartphone makers to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack. So, we do not understand your problem with LeEco here.