Samsung will finally embrace the latest USB-C connectivity standard for its upcoming Galaxy Note 6, according to a new rumor. The move may also mean the South Korean company is planning a new Gear VR headset that will use a USB-C connector.
Many expected Samsung to adopt USB-C for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, given that the standard is now being adopted by so many Android device manufacturers, including LG, HTC, and OnePlus. But Samsung decided to stick with micro-USB instead.
It had good reason to do that, though. Samsung wanted its latest devices to be compatible with the existing Gear VR headset — which uses micro-USB — so that existing owners didn’t have to buy a new model just to enjoy virtual reality on their new phone.
Now SamMobile is reporting Samsung won’t be taking the same approach with the Note 6. “We can now exclusively confirm that the Galaxy Note 6 will feature a USB Type-C port, reversible connector and all,” reads the report.
This suggests Samsung is also planning a new Gear VR to go on sale alongside its flagship phablet. There isn’t room for a Galaxy Note 6 and an adapter inside the existing Gear VR, so it seems Samsung has no choice but to launch a refreshed model if it does adopt USB-C.
It’s unclear if the Note 6 will use the USB 3.1 standard, which offers faster data connectivity, fast-charging, and the ability to carry HDMI and DisplayPort video signals. This would make sense, but others have used USB-C connectors with older USB standards.