OnePlus 2 smartphone to have USB Type C connectorBy Joshua Hemmingson 8 comments
OnePlus has never espoused to be humble, with the company proclaiming their first device to be a "Flagship Killer" and telling customers to "Never Settle." Their first device packed powerful hardware, Cyanogenmod software, and stylish design into a low-cost, stock package. The OnePlus One was only available by invite at first, drumming up excitement and anticipation over the device's limited numbers. It proved popular, if somewhat controversial; consumers and critics questioned the quality of the device as well as the marketing methods used to promote it.
Surprised by their own success, OnePlus seems to be taking their slogan to heart. Not allowing themselves to be content with a single victory, they've announced a successor: the imaginatively named OnePlus Two. OnePlus seems to be taking a cautious approach, dolling out tidbits of information on their new smartphone. Their blog has been keeping customers and fans informed of progress, most recently confirming that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810. Today, they released another, more unique tidbit on their Twitter.
The #OnePlus2 will be the first flagship to use Type C USB. We want to lead the way in power connectivity. pic.twitter.com/lef5ylR7Rr--- OnePlus (@oneplus) June 22, 2015
USB Type C has generated much buzz since its announcement. The connector breaks with tradition, eschewing backwards-compatibility in favor of creating a more functional, less frustrating solution. Intel has even announced that Thunderbolt 3 will use the connector, providing new opportunities to manufacturers and consumers alike. However, one might argue that USB's success is predicated on backwards-compatibility; the average consumer might lack the knowledge, understanding, or willingness to sustain a change to the new type. It needs rapid market adoption to truly survive in a world dominated by Micro USB 2.0 and the growing threat of various wireless and cloud-based technologies for data and power transfer alike.
OnePlus and its like-minded competitors might yet give Type C that push. Though not alone in announcing usage of Type C, the current number of devices confirmed to use the specification remains low. More worrisome is OnePlus' careful avoidance of the words USB 3.1, the standard most associated with Type C. If wired connectivity solutions are to remain in the future of mobile devices, they need to be embraced fully by manufacturers and consumers alike. Until Type C and USB 3.1 establish themselves, that future is uncertain. And for a growing number, a future without wires is a future to strive for.