The USB Type-C port just got a boost with Samsung’s unveiling of its latest phablet offering, the Galaxy Note 7. Of course, the South Korean mobile giant is far from being the first phone maker to adopt the USB Type-C port, but as the most dominant vendor of smartphones around the world (Samsung commands almost a quarter of all the 349 million units of smartphones sold across the globe during the first three months of this year), Samsung may have just ushered in the USB Type-C Era.
If all goes well, the USB Type-C port should be adopted by other upcoming high profile smartphone releases, too, most likely Samsung’s follow up to its current flagship devices, the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge. Will the world’s biggest seller of smartphones adopt the USB Type-C port in its midrange and low end handsets, too? Of course, it will, and the only question now is how soon exactly.
What makes the USB Type-C port so special? First of all, it has the potential to become the universal standard for all types of cables and connectors in the next few years. No longer will mobile users wake up their neighbors at night to borrow a compatible charger cord. Another advantage of the USB Type-C port is that its connector is reversible, so you never have to worry which side is up or down. Its versatility is also very handy -- it can be used for laptops, such as Apple’s super light MacBook, and other devices like external hard drives, and it can move data faster (about 10 times as fast as old USB ports). Finally, it makes it easier for mobile users to finally transition from a 15 year old technology (the USB port) when migrating data.
Over the last twelve months, we have seen several smartphones adopt the USB Type-C port. Among them are LG’s G5 and Nexus 5X, HTC’s 10, Huawei’s Nexus 6P, Microsoft’s Lumia 950, and the OnePlus 3. Sure, these are impressive products in their own right, but Samsung is the industry leader, and by adopting the USB Type-C port on one of its most visible products, the Galaxy Note 7, the whole industry could follow suit.
Apple will be a lot harder to convince to join the club. The iPhone maker had preferred its own 30 pin connector for its devices for years, later shifting to its Lightning port technology. But it is a good bet that at the other end of an Apple cable is a USB connector.
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