USB Type-C is taking over -- here are the phones to prove it
USB Type-C is taking over
For years now, most phones have charged and transferred files through a Micro-USB port and cable. These days, however, it's not uncommon to find a new standard: USB Type-C.
This new port technology is said to be faster, more efficient and best of all -- flippable (so you can plug in your cord correctly every time). Click through to see what phones are sporting USB Type-C.
Editors' note: This post updates frequently. It was originally published July 31, 2016.
Not only is the U11 beautiful, it also comes with a unique trick. To launch its camera, all you have to do is squeeze -- yes, squeeze -- the phone. Called Edge Sense, you can also interact with the phone with a long squeeze, which can turn on/off the flashlight, toggle Wi-Fi , start a voice recording or launch another app of your choice.
Samsung finally hopped on the Type-C bandwagon with the Galaxy S8 joining the fray. Aside from that, the phone has a 5.8-inch display, the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and the digital assistant Bixby.
The Mi 6 doesn't stray too much from its roots and has a 5.15-inch display and curved edges. However, it does have new features too, like 12-megapixel dual-cameras, 4GB of RAM and Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset.
The Pixel (and its larger Pixel XL counterpart) are a couple of the best Android phones you can get. It has a fantastic camera and elegant design. Its Google Assistant software feature also takes one of the most natural, human approaches to answering your voice. Oh, and it has USB Type-C, of course.
The Moto Z (and its US-only, Verizon-only counterpart Moto Z Force) work with magnetic Moto Mods accessories, which change up and add to the phone's functionality. Ambitious, quirky and ultimately useful, the Moto Z is the most polished and customizable modular phone yet.
The Honor 8 is a slick little package that combines good photos from a dual-lens camera with a useful customizable button and a fingerprint reader. Overall, it's a likable midprice phone with some nice perks.
The Ultra's shimmering glass body makes it one of prettiest phones in a long time (same goes for the Play). It's also got a 5.7-inch display, a screen just for notifications and HTC's signature BoomSound audio experience.
After hitting markets in Asia, Europe and Mexico, ZTE's Blade series of phones is making its US debut with the V8 Pro. It features a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 625 processor and two cameras that can take some funky black and white shots.
The G5's unique modular design lets you swap in accessories and has a replaceable battery. But its not-so-compelling accessories fail to make the phone live up to its world-changing Swiss Army Knife potential.
Xiaomi's impressive Mi 5 has the features to stand up against the very best (like a lightweight design, great camera and top-of-the-line hardware), but it was a shame it wasn't officially available worldwide.