Sony is investigating the USB Type-C connector, has no intention to use it anytime soon

Sony is investigating the USB Type-C connector, has no intention to use it anytime soon
It looks like Sony has no plans to launch smartphones that use the new USB Type-C connector anytime soon. 

At a recent technology workshop in Taipei on Tuesday, Takeshi Nitta, program manager at Sony Mobile's Tokyo office, said that Sony is investigating the new connector. However, it looks like this is more of a long-term investigation, as Nitta also mentioned that the industry has yet to migrate from the USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 standards to the new connector standard, one that Android M will fully support.

USB Type-C ports are definitely the way of the future, as the same port can now be used for multiple purposes, such data transfer, video output, and faster charging. At the moment, however, there are few other devices and accessories that use the new USB standard, and the advantages that USB Type-C brings are negated if everything around your new device still uses older USB formats.

The Sony executive also said that the company is actively investigating thinner and lighter designs, but that USB Type-C will play no part in that, at least for the moment. Instead, the company is focusing on reducing the thickness of both the display and the camera module. As a side note, one can wonder just how thin Sony plans to go with its upcoming smartphones. The Sony Xperia Z4/Z3+ is just 6.9mm thick, so perhaps other improvements should be given higher priority over making upcoming handsets even thinner.

While it's understandable for Sony not to see the advantage in being an early adopter of the USB Type C port, it does seem like the company is manifesting a lot of conservationist tendencies lately. In the past couple of years, Sony often spoke against the use of Quad HD panels on smartphones, while the Xperia Z line-up is in for a design update for at least the past couple of iterations.

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30 Comments

1. Beaustir45

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

sony has been in the same rut for about 2 years, seems like they'll continue in that rut for a while longer.

20. waddup121 unregistered

hmmmm

2. pixelated

Posts: 108; Member since: May 03, 2015

Sony will do nothing! Looks like they r loosing their soul. In recent years it has become one of the dullest company. Not willing to try/being innovative and fast in terms of consumer reach.

23. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I rather have a micro usb then spending more money in a new cable

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

USB Type-C ports are definitely the way of the future, as the same port can now be used for multiple purposes, ranging from data transfer and video output, on to faster charging and even video output. Video output is repeated.

16. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

The micro usb can do all those things but i agree on fastwr charging

28. Krjal

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

It can't do them at the same time and duplex though. That's the real benefit of usb C imo.

29. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

You mean withbthe type c you could watch a movie on your tv while transferring files?

21. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Especially when now Intel introduced Thunderbolt 3 which uses exact same shape of connectors that Type C, it can really be beginning of getting rid of most cables as Thunderbolt can do basically everything, Audio, HD video, external graphic cards, You name it

4. Simona unregistered

Sony became so so stupid and thick company .. I loved this company back in day .. but now it is crappiest firm to date !! Just GTFO SONY u ar CRAP !

5. talon95

Posts: 1002; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

I want USB-C on everything I buy from now on. They will change their toon very soon.

22. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Exactly! Starting from 2016, I want everything that has to have a USB port to come with Type-C.

30. Simona unregistered

what ? am starting from NOW ! hope within two -3 months 3.1 will be in few mobiles.. then laptops needs 3.1 too !

6. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

As long a the Note 5 and Surface Pro 4 will support it i'm fine :)

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

By the time sony wakes up it will be shutting down its mobile division

8. janno

Posts: 144; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

It seems Sony is taking a lot of cost cutting measures. It's one thing to come out with a modern 1080p panel, and it's quite a different story to re-use the same 1080p panel from 2 generations ago. That's not a "power saving" feature. It's a cost-cutting feature.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Same 1080p panel from 2 genearations ago? Either you're drunk or think all panels are judged on pixel count alone. Have a look at bechmarks and see how very wrong you are.

9. progosu

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Sony don't matter anyways

10. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Disappointing but not surprising. It took Sony Ericsson forever to adopt microSD (to be fair, it took EVERYBODY far too long, but SE even longer). My C905a had a proprietary USB connector that was also the headphone jack (no 3.5mm). It also used a micro Memory Stick card instead of microSD that cost more. It's stupid to refused to be an "early adopter" and wait until there's more market proliferation, because if everybody waits, it just means more waiting.

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1563; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Maybe because in the old SE days they had their own competing format called M2 hmmm?

14. progosu

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

exactly. I still have that 64MB memory stick card, which I bought for about 80 bucks.

15. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Thank you Captain Obvious. My SE X10a at least did have microSD and micro USB. I'm guessing it was the Ericsson part of Sony Ericsson that was responsible for that.

17. romeo1

Posts: 823; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

No it was because of sony as the memory stick was from sony. Im surprised that the c905 had the m2 cards. The k850 could use both. I thoughtnit would be the same for its successor

13. surethom

Posts: 1729; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Sony going to be 2 years behind again.

18. LikeABauss

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

"the company is actively investigating thinner and lighter designs..." WHO IS CONDUCTING THIS RESEARCH?! Nobody out there wants a phone thinner than the current generation. Just give us a bigger battery for better battery life! Before anyone says anything about software "optimization" the truth is it only really affects screen-off time, when I care about screen-on time. GTFO Sony and all you other manufacturers who are on that stupid bandwagon.

19. ruben_2s

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Sony, there's nothing to investigate. It is just a usb, not a spaceship

24. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

How does USB-C really works? A USB-C on the phone side and a normal type USB3 on the other end? Or both ends are USB-C? Because if both ends are USB-C obviously compatibility is definitely a no especially to current computers or any device.

27. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

One side is USB-C for the phone, the other side is USB2 or USB3 for the computer/charging block.

25. Tricell1991

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 25, 2015

Please make more believe I'm admire to you about camera sensor and games profits but you are still suck as s**t !!.

26. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

what is there is investigate? google is going support it, end of discussion include it on your new models that isn't complete yet or don't

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