A report from SamMobile indicates that the Galaxy Note 5 may be the first phone to feature a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Currently, USB Type-C is only utilized by Apple’s new Macbook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. Samsung is often the first to include new technology in their smartphones, so this report comes as no surprise. USB Type-C offers a number of advantages over the micro USB port found on all Android smartphones. Perhaps the most important difference in usability is that Type-C cables are reversible, i.e. you won’t waste your time flipping your cable upside down every time you charge your phone.
In addition to the convenience of reversibility, Type-C ports/cables will also allow faster data transfer (up to 10 Gbps) and faster charging too. I have to wonder what gimmicky name companies will use for the higher charging speeds with USB C, we’ve already used up fast charging as a thing.
The suspicious thing about this rumor is that Google just announced USB Type-C support in Android for M at I/O a few weeks ago. Unless Samsung finds a way to bake Type-C support into a Lollipop build of Touchwiz, it seems to discredit this rumor a bit. It is almost certain that the Note 5 will not launch with Android M, Samsung shows off the Note series each year at IFA Berlin, held in September. We don’t expect to see Android M released until sometime in October, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for more proof corroborating this rumor. As always, stay tuned to HOA as we bring you more news and commentary on the Galaxy Note 5!
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