It has been years now since Samsung decided to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack from their flagship phones. However, most of their mid-range and entry-level smartphones still come with it.
The major use of the headphone jack is to connect smartphones to peripheral devices such as speakers, earphones, headsets, etc. But with the constant evolution of wireless technology such as Bluetooth and WiFi, its need is no longer needed if we are being honest with ourselves.
Today, some prefer wireless earbuds as a better alternative to the traditional earphones that require the 3.5mm headphone jack to work while some still want it as an option.
Though the earbuds have their disadvantages such as the cost and the need to be charged in my opinion, their arrival and the removal of the headphone jack was the best way forward and I expect things to get better from here.
Earlier in 2019, Samsung announced the S10 series with a headphone jack but months later in August of 2019, they announced the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus without the headphone jack to become their first phone without the traditional smartphone feature.
All their flagships launched since then, come without the 3.5mm headphone jack. Talking about the S20, Note 20, and the S21 family. Though, most of their mid-range and entry-level phones still come with it.
List of Samsung Phones with Headphone Jack
- Samsung A04 and A04s
- Samsung A23 and A23 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A13 and A13 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A02 and A02s
- Samsung Galaxy A12
- Samsung Galaxy A21s
- Samsung Galaxy A22 and A22 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A32 and A32 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Samsung Galaxy A52 and A52 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A71
- Samsung Galaxy A72
- Samsung Galaxy A03s and A03 Core
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
- Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, S10, S10e, and S10 Plus
Top 4 Samsung Phones with 3.5mm Headphone Jack
As we all know, Samsung is slowly reducing the number of their new phones that comes with the 3.5mm headphone jack.
All their flagships on the S and Fold series no longer come with this legacy hardware and starting with the Samsung A33 5G, A53 5G, and A73 5G announced in 2022, their mid-range phones too will no longer be having it.
However, here are the top Samsung phones you can currently get that still comes with the audio jack.
1.) Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
Samsung A52s 5G is one of the few upper mid-range Samsung phones that still comes with the 3.5mm headphone jack which is positioned at the bottom of the device next to the USB port and speaker.
Its display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 while the rest of the device from the back to the frame are made out of plastic.
The A52s 5G boast of a big 6.5-inches Super AMOLED display that is complimented by a 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, and 120Hz high refresh rate.
Performance isn’t an issue with the A52s 5G considering the choice of processor that Samsung chose to go for in the Snapdragon 778G 5G. It is great for gaming and it is very efficient.
Fueling the device is a 4500 mAh battery which can be charged quickly thanks to the 25 watts fast charging support.
2.) Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Like numerous devices announced in the recent past, Samsung A23 5G has its 3.5mm headphone jack at the bottom left corner of the device next to the speaker and USB Type-C port.
While its back and frame are of plastic, its display is Glass with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
Talking of display, it is 6.6 inches in size and features a 2408 x 1080 pixels resolution, PLS LCD panel, and 120Hz high refresh rate.
The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 695 5G Chipset which has Adreno 619 GPU on board. It runs on Android 12 at launch but will soon be getting the Android 13 update with flavor of One UI 5.
Galaxy A23 5G is fueled by a 5000 mAh battery capacity and when it is getting low, you can quickly get it filled back up thanks to support for 25 watts of fast charging.
3.) Samsung Galaxy A72
Leading the packs of 2021 mid-range phones was the Samsung A72. Numerous people were happy to know that Samsung’s new A series phones come with a headphone jack which was at the bottom left corner.
The joy though was short-lived because a year later in 2022, its predecessor was announced without the legacy hardware.
Samsung A72 isn’t just a phone with the 3.5mm jack, it was also one of the first few Samsung mid-range phones to come water resistant (IP67 to be specific).
Its big 6.7-inches Super AMOLED display features a 2400 x 1080 pixels screen resolution, 800 nits brightness, and a 90Hz high refresh rate.
Powering the A72 is the Snapdragon 720G processor with Adreno 618 GPU on board. It runs on Android 11 out of the box, currently runs on Android 12, and will soon be getting the Android 13 update any time from now.
A smartphone isn’t complete without a battery that will allow you to enjoy all its features. This is why Samsung packed a 5000 mAh battery with 25 watts of fast charging support into the A72.
4.) Samsung Galaxy A13
I believe budgeted devices such as the Samsung A13 will continue to come with a 3.5mm headphone jack for the next couple of years to come. At least, until there are cheap and affordable Galaxy buds.
Samsung A13 has the same Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on its display as the rest of the phones above while its back and frame are plastic.
It is great to have a budgeted device with a big 6.6-inches display featuring 2408 x 1080 pixels screen resolution. This is why the choice of a PLS LCD panel without a high refresh rate on the device is understandable.
Samsung A13 5G provides you with the option of a 90Hz refresh rate, still a PLS LCD panel, but a 1600 x 720 pixels resolution.
Powering the A13 is an 8nm Exynos 850 Chip with Mali-G52 GPU on board. The Galaxy A13 runs on Android 12 out of the box but will be getting Android 13 soon.
Samsung A13 is packed with a 5000 mAh battery but only supports 15 watts of charging. Many people consider it fast charging but as far as I am concerned, anything less than 25 watts isn’t fast.
After Samsung mobile started removing the headphone jack from their flagship phones, people have been asking if there is any reason to believe they will make a comeback.
I am sorry, but I don’t think they will. Why? Because the market value of wireless headphones is huge and still growing. I don’t see why Samsung will leave that much money on the table and look the other way.
I believe in the next couple of years, they will start removing it from mid-range phones and later from entry-level phones. When will this happen? When the price of wireless earbuds comes down and becomes affordable for middle-class and low-income families.
While this article is about Samsung phones with a headphone jack, they are not the only manufacturers that have removed the feature. In fact, Apple was one of the first to stop producing phones with a headphone jack before other manufacturers including Samsung follow suit.