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USB Type-C is taking over

In years past, phones charged and transferred files through a Micro-USB port and cable. These days, however, it's more common to find a new standard called USB Type-C.

This port technology is faster, more efficient and -- best of all -- flippable, so you can plug in your cord correctly every time. Click through to see which current phones have USB Type-C.

Editors' note: This post is updated frequently. It was originally published July 31, 2016.

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Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL

With a single rear lens, the Pixel 3 and the larger 3 XL take brilliant photos, even in super low-light. The phones also have a second wide-angle front-facing camera, a water resistant design, wireless charging and they can screen unwanted calls.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The 5.8-inch Galaxy S9 (left) has a powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, the Android Oreo operating system and a fix to the Galaxy line's biggest design misstep -- all in a body that looks strikingly similar to last year's model. The larger Galaxy S9 Plus also features dual rear cameras and a 6.2-inch display. 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The ultrapricey Note 9 is one of the year's best phones. It's big and beautiful, and has top-tier specs including a massive battery and internal storage that starts at 128GB. The new S Pen also doubles as a wireless remote for taking long-distance selfies.

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OnePlus 6T

Though it doesn't have a headphone jack or a water-resistant design, the OnePlus 6T offers top-notch hardware including a lightning-speed processor and an excellent camera for hundreds of dollars less than its competitors. For US customers, it works on Verizon's network.

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Razer Phone 2

Though its battery life is unimpressive, the Razer Phone 2 adds IP67 water resistance, a brighter 120Hz screen and wireless charging. That's on top of its great gaming performance and amazing built-in speakers.

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LG G7 ThinQ

The waterproof G7 ThinQ has an AI camera that gives your photos a boost before you snap them. The phone has a secondary wide-angle rear camera and a headphone jack.

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LG V40 ThinQ

The V40's five cameras give you a variety of photography options. Plus, it has a 6.4-inch screen, but is still comfortable to hold. It's water resistant, has expandable memory and a headphone jack.

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Oppo Find X

The Find X has a supercool pop-up camera, a beautiful design, a great camera and long battery life with fast charging. It also has top-of-the-line features such as 3D face scanning for unlocking.

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Motorola Moto G6

The Moto G6 has a near-stock version of Android Oreo, good dual-rear cameras, fast charging and a sleek design. And it's amazingly affordable.

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Red Hydrogen One

The Red Hydrogen One is an exciting, eccentric phone aimed at creatives and is built like a high-end camera. But underwhelming video quality and rough software already have us pining for the sequel.

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Though you can't buy it in the US, the Mate 20 Pro's impressive list of features (like an in-screen fingerprint reader and an eye-catching design) puts it unquestionably among the top phones of the year.

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Motorola Moto Z3 Play

The Moto Z3 Play comes with an extra battery pack that gives it two-day battery life. Its take on Android 8.0 Oreo is a pleasure to use, and the fingerprint sensor on the phone's right side is easy to reach.

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The Essential Phone

The Essential phone feels brilliant in the hand and it's one of the fastest phones we've tested. It's new low price also makes it more palatable. But be warned that its camera is underwhelming and battery life is merely OK.

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HTC U12 Plus

With its squeezable sides that can launch any app, the U12 Plus is one of the most unusual phones you can buy. Plus, it has a fast processor, good cameras and it's water resistant.

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Nokia 8 Sirocco

Nokia's Sirocco phone is a treat for the eyes. The 5.5-inch display stretches to all sides of the phone, curving at the edges of a stainless steel frame. The Sirocco looks and feels like the premium device the Nokia 8 should have been all along.  

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact can shoot HDR photos with 4K resolution and record super slow-motion video at 1080p resolution. For the most part the phones share similar specs, but the XZ2 Compact (left) is smaller, with a 5-inch display, while the XZ2 has a 5.7-inch screen.  

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Asus ZenFone 5

With that prominent notch up top, it's easy to mistake the ZenFone 5 for 2017's iPhone X. As well as barely there bezels, the phone has a wide-angle camera and AI enhancements.

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BlackBerry Key2

If you rely on an older BlackBerry phone, the Key2 is a worthy upgrade. Its camera takes daytime photos that are crisp and bright, and portrait mode works well. Keyboard shortcuts that open other apps are fantastic, as is a programmable convenience key. Battery life is also excellent.

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Xiaomi Mi 8

The Mi 8 follows last year's Mi 6, skipping the 7 to mark the company's eighth year. While it does look similar to the iPhone, the Mi 8's 6.21-inch AMOLED display doesn't quite stretch all the way to the bottom like the X's does. On the front is a 20-megapixel camera using "pixel-binning" technology to combine four pixels into a larger one for better low-light selfies.

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