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Why Samsung Galaxy S7 opt for MicroUSB and not USB-C?

Previous leaks and pointed to it and could confirm yesterday at the spectacular launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Galaxy Edge: the connector used is again microUSB, not USB-C as many expected.

A priori, it might seem strange that a high-end terminal precisely destined to become reference mobility market will not join one of the most important technologies for the future. Why has not done? We talked with those responsible for Samsung, and this is what we have been told about it.

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Apparent advantages are not so

The advantages of USB-C connector are obvious, and not just focus on the possibility of access at last to a reversible connector with which we cannot fail to connect the cable. However, is also designed to take full advantage of the new standards USB (such as 3.1 both in generation 1 of 5 Gbps and his generation 2 10 Gbps) or be the driving potential of Thunderbolt technology 3.

In fact, many other manufacturers seem to have been clear that integration was one of the stops on the new batch of devices. We have seen this connector recently launched as the terminal LG G5, but also other mobile devices and desktop computers that want to be prepared for that future in which MicroUSB (and USB-A) connectors are doomed to a slow death.

But this transition will be slow, and one of the key factors affecting the interface version that is actually used in these devices. Although both OnePlus 2 as the Nexus or Nexus 5X 6P use these USB-C connector, do so with a USB 2.0 interface which obviously limits the possibilities it could offer the connector.

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The reason: compatibility with accessories

Samsung has not lost here benefits when using the MicroUSB connector, but neither has done in the field of fast charging that is hallmark of the Galaxy S7 / Edge.

Although again the USB-C connectors may be behind Gen 2 USB 3.1 interface also introduces improvements in this area, the microUSB connector and Fast Charge Technology Samsung again to make this aspect is not relevant at the moment either. So if neither interface-and speed- and load influence, what does?

The accessories

That is what they told us two of the South Korean Samsung responsible for the company’s stand this afternoon, this manufacturer believes that the USB-C connector is interesting. But it was still not the time to integrate because the huge number of accessories current range for the Galaxy S fail greatly microUSB connector, something he did not bet poe they preferred the new connector.

Samsung seems therefore have preferred not to give an unpleasant surprise to loyal patrons, if you move from one terminal Galaxy S5 or S6 to S7 Galaxy would find that they could not use their cables and accessories in this hypothetical new terminal with a USB connector-C. In addition, if there is an accessory star in that transition, that is the Gear VR.

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Glasses virtual reality is one of the distinguishing features of the proposal for Samsung -the appearance on the scene of yesterday’s event Zuckerberg and his speech left him about patent- and although those responsible for Samsung would not confirm it. It seems clear to do natively incompatible the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge with virtual reality glasses was not a desirable option. Even being able to use an adapter, it seems that Samsung did know it was not the time. When will it be?

Well, apparently, we can be sure that future Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge itself integrate the new connector, something these responsible for Samsung confirmed when I commented that many people had expected the integration of USB-C port on its new top model. Now they have not done so because “it was not the time,” they commented us, but they will in the next iteration of this family, which made ​​it clear with a final comment: “Believe us.”

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