We've seen quite a few phones ship without 3.5mm headphone jacks, including the iPhone 7, iPhone X, Google Pixel and Pixel 2, and the HTC U11. Many of these devices include a 3.5mm adapter to let owners use their own 3.5mm headphones, but HTC's new U12+ won't.
HTC has confirmed that the U12+ won't include a 3.5mm headphone adapter. The phone does include a pair of HTC USonic earbuds with a USB-C connector, so U12+ buyers will be able to listen to tunes right away, they'll just have to use HTC's included earbuds to do it.
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
HTC does sell its own USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter for $11.99, but that product is currently out of stock in the U.S. online store.
The news that the HTC U12+ won't ship with a 3.5mm adapter is disappointing. The U12+ is a flagship phone that starts at $799, so it'd be nice if HTC would include its $12 adapter for the customers that are dropping serious cash on its new device. And while the U12+ does include USB-C earbuds, many people have headphones that they're happy with and would like to use on their devices.