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New Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge images corroborate microUSB port, no USB Type-C

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New Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge images corroborate microUSB port, no USB Type-C

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (along with the new S7) will go official in just two days, but it is hardly any secret: the S7 Edge is the larger of the two new members of the Galaxy S family, as it has a 5.5-inch curved display, while the regular S7 features a 5.1-inch flat screen.

While pretty much all details were known, there were still some doubts whether the new S7 and S7 Edge will feature a USB Type-C port, the new reversible port for syncing and charging, or an old microUSB port. This latest image of the Galaxy S7 Edge - sadly - corroborates rumors that it will be a microUSB port again, rather than USB Type-C.

And while that's by no means a huge deal, it is still disappointing for those hoping to have the more contemporary USB Type-C standard. Not only would it be easier to plug in the phone to charge with a reversible connector, but USB Type-C is also the standard of the future with support for rapid charging and takes very little space on a circuit board. Learn all about USB Type-C here.

As to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, Samsung will unwrap them on Sunday, February 21st. They are expected to run on the Snapdragon 820 system chip, feature a brand new, 12-megapixel Britcell camera with huge improvements in low-light shots, and allegedly will feature a 3,000mAh | 3,600mAh battery (for the S7 and S7 Edge, respectively).


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posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:43 18

1. Biernot (unregistered)


whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy​yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ?

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:00 4

7. manojmcn (Posts: 574; Member since: 16 Jul 2015)


No benefit as of now. Also extra work for Gear VR.
All in all, nothing gained by taking more work to add the USB-C.
Fast Wireless charging and fast wired charging using microUSB should be enough.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:06 12

10. Biernot (unregistered)


i use my next phone for the next 2 years, and my new notebook will have that port. And i pay alot of money , so i want the newest tech.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:29

29. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Then all the phones are not for you as type c port is no good at all to they start using USB 3.1
That an all phone using the USB type c are using USB 2.0 anyways including 6p
That and for the basic customer the leads are a mine field
http://www.androidcentral.com/usb-c-problem-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=ac

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:09

44. HighOnAndroidFTW (Posts: 185; Member since: 26 Apr 2015)


Exactly, just cause it's new doesn't mean its better. Can it be down the road? YES. But at this current time, no. Micro USB is more than sufficient, old galaxy users can use their old accessories and USB cords for the new phone.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 19:01

50. Capone2412 (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)


And when exactly is the right time? When other manufacturers have Type-C devices on the market? Why should they implement it into their future smartphones/tablets, when even the major players don't?

That's a really shortsighted view!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:52 12

17. NonFanBoy (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 May 2015)


I am sure, to make matters woorse, they will remove the IR port as well. Just when I thought, S7 has every thing that I wanted S6 to have; water resistance, bigger battery, better touchwiz, expandable storage and USB type C. Why do they always have to do this. S5 compromised with design, S6 compromised with expandable storage/water resistance/battery size. Looks like S7 is going to continue the trend.

Why can't I ever get a no compromise device. LG's UI s**ks, HTC's camera s**ks, Motorola is featureless and doesn't feel premium and iPhone is a 300$ phone with a 700$ price tag.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 07:59 1

25. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


there are not enough thunbs up in the world for that comment nonfanboy.
i feel the same

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:33

30. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


See my post above mate, type c is bad news for the basic customer it's bad just for you and me, even Apple are doing recalls so you can not even buy the best leads and not have a problem, there is no way Samsung are going to use this lead

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:56 2

18. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


samsung is not revolutionary in phones at all.. this thing is no different and it is pointless and stupid buying it if you own s6 edge ..
samsung you poor .. no usb type c 3.1 support .. that is bad for high end phone in 2016 !

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 05:05 4

19. spin9 (Posts: 310; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Why do you say that? They bring back SD and S7 has 12mpx BRIGHTCELL

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:36

32. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


How can they offer USB 3.1, the sd 820 does not support it, get real mate, type c is a mess even Apple are doing lead recalls

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 21:00

51. Clars123 (Posts: 788; Member since: 16 Mar 2015)


you are clearly confused about what USB 3.1 and the type-C connector are...they are two very different things!

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:00 3

26. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


this is going to hurt samsungs sales hard. why dont they listen they keep saying they do but they dont

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:37

34. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Nope, it's not it's going. To hurt all companies that use it, the lead are a mess, as if the basic customer can deal with this crap
http://www.androidcentral.com/usb-c-problem-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=ac

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 09:36

39. BkingT22 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


do you guys know that of all the devices (phones) that have a USB-C port (which is not much) only the Microsoft Lumia 950/950xl actually support full USB 3.1 with the C port

i checked the other devices that have the USB-C port they all use the USB 2.0 spec with the C port so its nice to have but worthless if it does not support the fast charging or USB 3.1 standard. Also if the S7 has USB-C with 3.1 support the Samsung galaxy VR wont work with it and also that means new accessories also the fact that only some laptops come with USB 3.1 thunderbolt and those are high end devices it will take some more years ... to filter to the lower end laptops etc ..

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:36 1

33. joevsyou (Posts: 849; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


usb c isn't ready for prime time

~third party cables are killing phones
~ you can find a regular usb anywhere if you need a charge
~ usb c isn't really sold in retail stores
~ the cables charges faster then a regular usb cable, however it is still slower then fast charge

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:44 1

2. ibend (Posts: 5059; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


great :D

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:50 4

5. Biernot (unregistered)


Why ?

Because Spiders from Mars ?

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:48 2

3. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3291; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


That's good. There's really no major benefit to USB type C on SmartPhones at this moment. For the most part, it just breaks compatibility with the wide range of OTG devices, requiring some bulky adapter for most of them...

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:01 16

8. Wiencon (Posts: 1920; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Bulky?
https://content.oneplus.net/skin/frontend/oneplus2015/default/images/products/oneplus2-usb-typec-port/usb-typec-2.jpg

You just cannot admit that Sammy did something wrong, USB C is becoming a standard and every phone should have it this year

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:17 2

14. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3291; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


That adapter alone is the equivalent size of my OTG/USB 2-in-1 MicroSD adapter:

http://www.dx.com/p/kingmax-kotgr-02-multi-functional-micro-sd-card-reader-otg-to-usb-reader-black-329494

Having to add that to the end of my adapter makes it twice the length, less portable and more insecure, so, yes bulky. There's 0 benefit besides reversible that USB Type C currently brings to SmartPhones. The latest isn't always the greatest.

Only see Windows Phones making use of it in Continuum, nothing like that exists on Android yet.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 08:39 1

35. j2001m (Posts: 2974; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


100% true and they all using USB 2.0 anyways and there are so many lead problems, this will do more damage to lg G5
http://www.androidcentral.com/usb-c-problem-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=ac

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 12:12

45. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3291; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Very good finding! Compliance testing for products conforming to the USB Type-C™ Cable and Connector Specification are currently under development.

That just adds to the inconvenience of not being able to use any USB Type C cable you come across, all in the fear of your device being damaged as you charge it. We've already seen all the headlines regarding that with the Nexus 6P. MicroUSB never had this problem (thanks to it's power transfer limitations), and it would take a while before you can conveniently shop for any USB Type C cable based on price alone, or use your friend's cable based on the connector alone.

That's a whole lot of inconvenience and compatibility breaking, all for the sake of being reversible...thanks but no thanks.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 09:46 1

40. BkingT22 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


agreed MS uses the USB 3.1 with type c connector for a reason for Continuum and high speed data transfers / charging. Android wont have use for the the port yet 1.
2) most laptops don't have USB type C unless u count the dell XPS asus zenboon UX 501 vw and other expensive gaming notebooks / high end notebooks and PC's that give you thunderbolt 3. Cheaper mainstream notebooks will not support the port for at least 2 to 4 years ... and it will break compatibility with the Gear VR which is still usb 2.0 ... it may come out on the note 6 line as the note does not have accessories that will break compatibility.

BTW USB-C cables are expensive especially the good ones people need to chill ... its just a phone ...

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 15:11

47. Saroku (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Micro USB prevents compability for USB C devices like USB C flash drives. You can't use an adapter to connect USB C devices to USB A or B, only the other way arround.
And I don't want to use some bulky adapter for USB A drives, I just want to connect it with the usb c port.
You are just living the moment. If everyone would think that way we wouldn't even have USB at the first place because no one would want to use adapters for their old mouses and keyboards to use them in usb ports.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 17:53 1

49. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3291; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Maybe when the benefits outweigh the cons, then I'd want it. At the moment, it's nowhere near that:

http://www.androidcentral.com/usb-c-problem-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon?utm_medium=slider&utm_campaign=navigation&utm_source=ac

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 03:48 5

4. Jevon5 (Posts: 58; Member since: 15 Feb 2016)


Ehh, not a deal breaker. That's actually a smart move. Most casual customers don't know what USB type C is and would probably return the phone if their current cables don't fit.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 15:14

48. Saroku (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


Its only a smart move for those who don't want progress and not any risk. If everyone would think that way we wouldn't even have USB at the first place.

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 08:21

52. BkingT22 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Sep 2014)


Bro USB - C cables are not even ready for prime time the cheap ones will damage your devices.

have a read on android central about usb c cables ... cant post the link yet
i'm for USB C all the way but its not ready and even if manufacturers put the port it supports USB 2.0 spec over the 3.1 port except for the lumia 950 line that actually supports USB 3.1 and the C port. give it time

also who is selling USB C flash drives at this point enlighten me ?

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