Sony seems to be considering an important leap forward, with internal discussions on using USB Type-C in future Sony smartphones. The announcement was made by Takeshi Nitta, Program Manager at Sony Mobile’s Tokyo project office.
However, Nitta added that Sony will not rush the rather challenging step and the company will take its time. According to him, there is a logical reason for such a cautious approach: the industry needs a period of adapting to the new connector. This transition phase is prompted by the tangible differences found between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 standards.
While Sony are surely looking forward to adding such an innovation in their smartphone features, we’ll not see this happening until some time in 2016. Switching to USB Type-C is also out of Sony Mobile’s general agenda to achieve thinner and lighter smartphone designs. Instead, the corporation will focus on reducing the thickness of camera modules and displays in future Sony Xperia models and other smartphones.
The cautious approach of Sony lies in contrast with more impulsive and hasty USB Type-C integrations coming from other technological giants. Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook for example comes with only two ports – a standard 3.5 headphone jack on the right side, and a lone USB Type-C port on the left. Google’s slick Chromebook Pixel is supplied with USB Type-C too. Android M comes with official support for the new standard, as Google clearly show that they want to adapt to the new USB reality as fast as possible.
What Exactly Is USB Type-C?
USB Type-C is the newest approach to USB standards, packed in a small, powerful and reversible connector. Industry experts and manufacturers are looking to the technology to further reduce the thickness of devices by achieving slimmer and sleeker designs.
The real power of USB Type-C lies in its versatility. It’s tiny enough to fit to your smartphone, but its power is able to suit the needs laptops, PCs and even servers might have. The connector can serve as a hub combining data transfer, video output, and charging or powering external devices.
USB 3.1 data speeds are far superior than the current USB 2.0 standard, and it also supports a variety of video output types. Amongst these are HDMI and DisplayPort, allowing for luxuries such as sharing a laptop’s screen to a TV via HDMI through the Type-C standard.
At the same time, USB Type-C devices supports currents of either 1.5A or 3A at 5 volts, which leads to a faster charge process and starkly reduced waiting time to get your mobile device or laptop ready for use.
There is no doubt that Sony will eventually add USB Type-C to its smartphones’ way of operating. Unfortunately, it seems we’ll have to wait a bit longer in order to enjoy the elegance and multi-functionality of the new standard on our own Sony devices.
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