The USB Type-C standard is slowly starting to be adopted across different devices. The new USB Type-C connector is reversible (much like the Apple Lightning cable) and should bring faster charging times too. There aren’t many phones that support the new USB Type-C standard just yet – the only Android devices we can think of are the OnePlus 2, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and ZUK Z1 – but adoption is expected to increase this year.
There is a good chance, therefore, that we might see a USB Type-C enabled Sony Xperia appear in 2016. This follows news that Sony was investigating its use in June last year, but was waiting for the industry to move over to the new standard first. One big issue with new Type-C USB standard is that you will most likely need new chargers and cables, given that most of your equipment will be using Type-A connectors.
To get round the issue when it comes to flash drives, Sony recently announced the Sony USM-CA1 series, which is a Gen 1 USB 3.1 flash drive that supports both the new USB Type-C standard as well as the older Type A. The CA1-series will offer up to 130MB/s transfer speed (read) ideal for connecting up to your smartphone to access your media content. Sony plans to launch the new drive in February 2016 in capacities of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. There are no details on pricing, but expect further news at MWC in late February.