Given how we’re seeing more smartphone manufacturers drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, it’s not a surprise that the HTC U12+ has also done away with it as well. However what we’ve seen some companies do is throw in a dongle/adapter that lets users connect existing headphones via the micro USB/USB-C/Lightning port as an alternative.
Unfortunately it looks like HTC won’t be doing that for the U12+. This has been confirmed in a tweet by HTC USA in which they responded to a question by a customer asking about the headphone adapter. According to the response, it seems that HTC will not be including the adapter but will instead give customers a pair of HTC USonic Adaptive Earphones instead.
Wow! We'd like to thank you and congratulate you in advance for your upcoming HTC U12+, Aaroni. However, it does not come with a headphone adapter. It includes, HTC Rapid Charger 3.0 with USB Type-C Cable, HTC Clear Case, & HTC USonic™ Adaptive Earphones. Thank you :)
— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) May 26, 2018
For those unfamiliar, the USonic Adaptive Earphones are a wired pair of earphones that connect to your phone via USB-C. We suppose it’s good that HTC is giving customers a pair of compatible headphones right out of the box, but at the same time we’re sure that there are plenty of users out there who already have a pair of headphones that they like and would like to keep using.
We suppose it’s not terribly difficult to get your hands on a USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, but it would have made it a lot easier if HTC had included it. Note that this tweet comes from the HTC USA and based on replies to the tweet, it appears that HTC in other parts of the world are including the adapter, so it could only be the US market that won’t be getting it.