Sony investigating use of USB Type-C ports in future smartphones

by XB on 10th June 2015

in News

Sony Xperia USB Type-CWhen Google recently announced Android M, one of the new features includes official support for the USB Type-C standard. One of the main advantages of USB Type-C is that it is reversible, allowing users to plug it into their device in either direction (similar to the Apple Lightning cable). Google also said that USB Type-C will bring faster charging (up to 3-5x quicker) and the ability for a phone to charge another device.

It is perhaps, therefore, no surprise to learn that Sony is currently looking into the use of USB Type-C ports within future Xperia devices. However, as things stand, Sony has no plans to launch devices with the new USB connector just yet.

Of course we’re investigating (USB Type-C),” said Takeshi Nitta, program manager at Sony Mobile’s Tokyo project office. The industry needs more time to migrate towards the new standard first said Nitta. He also said that the new port will not help in making Sony’s phones thinner, this is largely reliant on Sony reducing the thickness of camera modules and displays instead.

So don’t expect any Sony Xperia devices including the USB Type-C port this year. However, we would be surprised to not see it included within a 2016 flagship offering. Time will tell on that part, however would it bother you if USB Type-C is not included soon? Are you happy enough with the current micro USB solution? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Sony Xperia USB Type-C

Via Focus Taiwan [via Android Authority].

Thanks Great Dude and Ylli!

  • Augustine Kau


  • Augustine Kau

    at least they are making a move :/ should I wait for the 2016 flagship or z5?

  • rzero21

    as long as they donlt have to revert back to a flap-cover for the USB and don’t change the location of the USB port from the bottom

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    So because they got the new waterproofed USB port we won’t get USB-C type then. Hmmm maybe next year. Anyways I’m gonna wait till they release the phone without camera over heating issue plus S820. Or something better, never getting S810 lol

  • Timel

    iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6 had this already

  • Raj Singh

    The microUSB is so ubiquitous that its convenience will not be challenged by the USB Type-C any time soon. It’ll take a decade, minimum, for the microUSB to die. Though, we should start USB Type-C more and more come 2017.

  • dimz

    I doubt waterproofing is the reason for that. They need time to integrate the new shape and any additional electronics required to their existing designs, optimise drivers etc.

  • Chaturanaga Manchanayake

    But aren’t they going for a new design with new flagship? Isn’t Z3+ the last of its omnibalance design? Well hopefully we’ll get to see all the new hardware drivers software with new killer features, one thing that they keep showing the customers they’re not like other OEMs hope they keep on doing that.

  • dimz

    Considering not many devices have USB 3.1/C connectivity, I think it’d give them an advantage on that sector, not to mention gains in charging speed, given the increased power delivery included in 3.1 spec.

  • Melfes Wired

    So don’t expect any Sony Xperia devices including the USB Type-C port this year. ?bitch, plz

  • Shubham

    i phone 6 does! but not s6! Why not rest in peace?

  • dimz

    They’re both using USB 2.0. Galaxy S6 uses microUSB-B, and Apple’s lightning connector is just reversible, it doesn’t go any faster.

  • jokensy

    Timel, Timel, Timel, Stop talking sh*t again!!!

  • dimz

    Hopefully not the weird “artistic” designs of Sony Ericsson era. Heat dissipation being at the state it is currently, it wouldn’t really help.

  • Jecht_Sin

    I’ll wait until my phone braid down. Hopefully that will mean when USB 4.0 or D will be out. :D

  • Vuyo Ncube

    “He also said that the new port will not help in making Sony’s phones thinner, this is largely reliant on Sony reducing the thickness of camera modules and displays instead.”

    Oh fuck off, Takeshi. I would forgive you if thinner components didn’t allow more space for bigger batteries/ better structural strength due to design constraints or more time was needed for a waterproof port. Give us USB Type C now because there were no excuses!!!

  • Vuyo Ncube

    How severely retarded are you?

  • Like they are “investigating” the use of Windows phone OS. Sure…. Keep investigating Sony, until you are out of top 20 manufacturers. Considering you’ve been kicked out of top10 already by the chinese, you don’t need to wait much.

  • Timel

    Okay -_-

  • Timel

    Thx for the information ^_^

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  • Will happen faster than that. Apple and Google both have them in their latest notebooks and desktops are following as well. You can most likely thank the discovery of the BadUSB flaw for the implementation of a new standard.

  • Stephen

    sony always late to the table
    where is their innovation
    and will to succeed as the best smartphone maker in the world?

  • Akand

    Current microUSB supports fast charging. That’s enough for me actually because I use USB port to transfer files to PC very rarely, maybe once a year. If I need, I use WiFi transfer system. So I don’t care about type C or D or Z.
    I only care about my smartphone on these sectors only: OS stability, design elegance and uniqueness, satisfactory camera, Durability, productivity and overall flawless performance.

    Very soon WiFi charging feature is coming to smartphone. So USB type-C isn’t a game changer for me.
    Recently waterproofing feature has become pretty useful for me.
    Actually I don’t about what others have, I do care only about what actually fulfill my demands.

  • Svnjay

    No, they don’t. Stop trolling.

  • Timel

    Okay Okay Svnjay

  • Timel

    “Why not rest in peace?”

    Because I’m waiting to see you rest in peace first

  • Hassandroid

    But will they make it water-proof without covering it with a flap or that’s not possible with USB-Type C?

  • Clamser

    Do not be surprised that Sony is done surpassed by other manufacturers.

    No USB Type-C phones in the near future, says Sony

    Sony slowness !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    slow for innovation, faster to produce two flagship’s annually

  • Clamser

    Rather, it is you who is severely delayed

  • Clamser

    Apple iPhone 6 and 6 plus is reversible type but not type C

  • Clamser

    Apple iPhone 6 which is reversible type but not of type C

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  • Raj Singh

    Maybe… I still think it’ll be about 10 years before you can go to a buddy’s place and he’ll have a USB Type-C (and no microUSB) if you forget your charger.
    Apple will have a new standard by then. They still can’t get their port situation right.

  • Battal Aljadei

    “He also said that the new port will not help in making Sony’s phones thinner”

    Sony’s refusing use a new important technology for the smartphone because it’s thickness !
    No wonder why Sony’s loosing every year, Now let’s just wait and see other companies use this new technology and Sony will be left behind as always .

    Do you see any thickness problem on the new USB or Sony is fucking lying because they won’t pay some extra $ for the sake of improvement .!

  • Even Nokia N1 has it.

    PS. Yes it does, now suck it up :D

  • BruceLeeRoyJenkins

    Agreed, I still feel like Sony is prolly going to be the last OEM to incorporate it into their flagships

  • mountain

    One thing, USB type C has 24 pins, compared to standard USB interface with 4 pins. This means that each pins are indeed closer apart. This means that there is a higher chance of shorting the ports. This is just my speculation.

  • Billy de Fretes

    He also said that the new port will not help in making Sony’s phones thinner, this is largely reliant on Sony reducing the thickness of camera modules and displays instead…

    This takeshi guy seems never understood that Sony Camera so called superior auto always left behind every competitor..

  • DBS

    They don’t. The first device to come with USB-C was the Nokia N1.

    Apple then followed suit with that crappy core M Macbook they launched.

    So far, they are the only two devices with USB-C. If rumours are to be believed, Microsoft will also be moving to USB-C with their first flagship WP devices.

    And I wouldn’t be surprised to see the iPhone 6S/7 and the Note 5 this fall with it too. But right now, sorry, only the Nokia N1 and the latest CrapBook.

  • gamer324

    They said something similar when android wear was announced, that they’re ‘investigating’ the possibility, but we shouldn’t expect an android wear smartwatch from them in 2014, and then came the sw3 at IFA. My point? We’ll most likely see the new port on the next xperia flagship, changing ports isn’t all that hard design-wise, but it will be a BIG omission in the next 6 months, and unlike 2k or other gimmicks, no one can put up an argument that the usb 3 type c isn’t useful Or even unnecessary for any future flagship

  • dimz

    As far as I know, they achieved capless waterproofing by using coated connectors, so they probably are aware of the new mechanical constraints.

  • xperiaDROID

    It’s a USB port, not a spaceship. What’s there to investigate? Excuse is an excuse.

    You call this a “program manager”?

  • Rizky Maulana

    with flap or not flap ???
    thats point here

  • Augustine Kau

    I’m still using a xperia Z :(

  • Vuyo Ncube

    Dude, seriously?

  • marcyff2

    I think it won’t affect the open waterproof connectors are painted waterproof. so they could paint the usb type c

  • marcyff2

    So is everyone in the comments buying a new PC/Motherboards with type-c connectors in it? Because if they aren’t they are just a bunch of hypocrites

  • marcyff2

    its thunderbolt, not USB type-c mostly because usb type-c was released with broadwell processor from intel in 2015.

  • Timel

    Okay ^^

  • Timel

    Sony always be ten steps behind competitors.

  • Timel

    LOL Sony never learn

    We should let Sony Mobile go bankrupt

  • Finalfeeling

    Don’t cry baby.

  • Timel

    I’m pity them actually

  • Timel


    No wonder at all if Sony Mobile will go bankrupt in soon Hahahahahaha

    Too bad, Sony Mobile is full of stupid headers
    Sony still investigating USB Type C while people will find USB Type C in coming up flagship phone like iPhone 6s and Galaxy Note 5

    Good luck Sony Hahahahaha

    P.s. Thinness is worthless without cool features like USB Type C and Great camera quality like Pureview.

  • Finalfeeling

    Cry again.

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  • Timel

    Sony Corp knows that Sony Mobile has no future and going bankrupt

    Sony just don’t wanna waste the time and money with Xperia division anymore

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  • Timel

    Thinness is useless

  • Great Dude

    Since USB type C can’t connect to microUSB 2.0 then every charger in restaurants, coffees, friends …etc, every PC that isn’t new , every microUSB cables, every USB OTG and every USB battery pack won’t work on it.
    It needs several years to fully change that and that is why I understand Sony on that decision.

  • Great Dude

    Thanks for mentioning my name.
    Everybody says that Sony is late but think of it in that way.
    If Sony adds USB type C then every charger in restaurants, coffees, friends …etc, every PC that isn’t new , every microUSB cables, every USB OTG cable or flash disk and every USB battery pack won’t work on it.

    I think the best thing is to include both USB type C and USB 2.0 like Xperia S that have also two ports ,one for HDMI and the other for USB 2.0

  • Great Dude

    Although they said it won’t be on the next device , I think when they would include it , it won’t have a flap because in the same technique they can water proof it ( by using hydrophobic coating)

  • dimz

    It’s not thunderbolt, it’s simply a custom reversible connector for USB 2.0. Thunderbolt requires specific hardware and it’s not compatible with USB. Any adapters out there that convert Thunderbolt to USB are actually USB hubs running off Thunderbolt’s PCI Express channel.

  • Battal Aljadei

    Sony’s a ( Stupid Turtle ) .

  • Wouldbe nice to be able to plug it in easier, but do give me the port cover back, don’t want to wait for it to become dry before using

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  • Mathias Cronqvist

    And if anyone knows uselessness, it’s you.

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  • Muhammad Awais

    Try OnePlus 2 64 bit variant. It does employs and supports USB Type C.

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