With the Galaxy Note 7, Samsung finally moves to USB-C

After bundles of speculation (and coinciding disappointment) surrounding the use of USB-C on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge earlier this year, Samsung has finally made the jump to the latest USB-C standard on the Galaxy Note 7. In the transition Samsung has kept its "Fast Charge" technology available, which lets you quickly charge up the battery with compatible chargers (including Quick Charge 2.0 devices).

This is big for the Note 7, but also all future Samsung phones

With the move to the new port, Samsung is trying to ease the pain of the transition by including a Micro-USB to USB-C adapter in the box with every phone as well. With the new port Samsung looks forward to years of interoperability with new accessories, cables and chargers — including refreshes of its own accessories to include USB-C cables or adapters.

The one big change that was necessitated by the new port is a refresh of the Gear VR virtual reality headset, which in its latest iteration comes with plugs to be used with both USB-C and Micro-USB Galaxy devices. The new Gear VR itself offers a USB-C charging plug for those who need to charge up their headset while playing.

While this is of course a big move just for those who buy a Galaxy Note 7, it also signals a change for all of Samsung — at this point it would be extremely odd for any new phones from the company to come with Micro-USB, at least those which started their development after the Note 7.

Andrew Martonik

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.