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Galaxy S7 and S7 edge stick with tried-and-true micro-USB port

USB Type-C is all the rage nowadays, with more manufacturers getting on board with the latest USB standard after Google unveiled the Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel C with the port late last year. Samsung has chosen to stay off the hype train for now, instead holding strong with micro-USB ports on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge to match its predecessors.

While the official reasoning behind the choice to stick with micro-USB may not be known, there are quite a few factors at play here. First off is the vast number of Samsung-branded accessories out there that rely on micro-USB, such as chargers, as well as the massive install base of third-party micro-USB accessories that potential buyers own. Another (albeit smaller) consideration is the current-gen Gear VR, which the new Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are designed to fit into and relies on a micro-USB connection to stay compatible.

Though it doesn't offer the great features of USB-C like a reversible connector and faster data transfer speeds, the micro-USB port on the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will still offer Samsung's Fast Charging technology (compatible with the Qualcomm Quick Charge standard). And while the USB-C standard is clearly the wave of the future and some buyers would prefer to have it, it's hard to blame Samsung for wanting to play to the much larger group of people who want to keep their micro-USB accessories when they upgrade to the latest Galaxy S.

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

  • I am in the camp of wanting a USB c connector but also have many accessories that would have to be upgraded. This is not a deal breaker at all. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Once I went to C I can't go back. The simplicity alone makes it worth it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Frying your phone is not. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • If you are talking about bad cables then it's your fault for buying cheap cables from unknown vendors. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Tell that to Oneplus Two owners who got BAD USB C cables with their phones that Oneplus wouldn't replace. This phone with the AC App is "Broke."
  • That's what they get for buying a bad phone.
  • The cables are out of spec, but that particular phone can't draw enough power to damage any legacy devices anyway. That's why they're not replacing those cables. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Your comments are so ignorant. If you buy $3 junk cable what do you expect. A $3 mirco USB cable is junk to and doesn't provide the proper current. USB C cables are so much better than mirco. Fit better and easier to plug in. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I've bought plenty of three dollar micro USB cables with no problems. Your comment is ignorant. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Clap clap Samsung sticking with a mature standard. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Their probably going to introduce USB Type C on the Note 6. . .my guess anyway. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agree Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Tried and true equals old and dated. Really disappointed to see they stuck with micro USB especially seeing LG went with Type C. Samsung could've pushed Type C to be the standard faster if they would've used it this year. Way to innovate... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Old and dated also means mature you'd do well to remember that. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Do you want some Kleenexes? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol +1 Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Most USB C ports and cables on mobiles utilise USB 2.0 for PC data transfers, neither 3.0 nor 3.1. What difference would that have made if a 2.0 Type C was put instead of the significantly more common mUSB 2.0? This phone with the AC App is "Broke."
  • What difference? None, its pure laziness in my opinion. That's the only reason people want it. One less thing they have to think about.... It's why I got my mother in law an iPhone, because she doesn't listen and won't look before she does stuff. She's had the phone a year and still can't use it.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Reversible MicroUSB cords been out for a minute now
  • Good for Samsung.
    This, to me, is a point in their favour.
    USB-C has zero real advantage over normal microUSB. And on that, I'm with Umbridge: "Progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged".
  • Yep don't want to step on toes Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Seeing as how we have to rely on the efforts of Benson Leung in order to not mess up our hardware, I believe this is a smart choice. Regular consumers are likely to purchase any Type-C cable/accessory they come across. Waiting to adopt the standard allows the market to further get with the Type-C standard and hopefully the shady connectors are less common as time passes. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Agreed. Posted via the Android Central App on the Moto X Pure Edition
  • It's ok we won't die without USB Type-C
  • I'm so looking forward to a reversible connector. I'd likely skip upgrading this year if all of the upcoming flagships were sticking with microUSB, but doing so is probably the right move for Samsung. And adding USB-C compatibility to the next-gen Gear VR will be a nice selling feature, I suppose.
  • I think this move is a major misstep in regards to the Gear VR. This year, Samsung is going to sell note headsets than they've sold previously. When the next phone releases with USB-C and doesn't work with people's old Gear VR headsets, people are going to be way more upset. It would be much better to transition now and save the headache. Posted via the Android Central App
  • almost all my MicroUSB cords are the reversible type
  • Smart move by Samsung. The S7 doesn't feature enough upgrades to survive a consumer backlash over a new connector.
  • I'm glad my Gear VR isn't obsolete already Posted via the Android Central App
  • If the Edge had USB-C I'd definitely buy it, but now I will wait until the larger screen phones like the Note and V10 or whatever they offer, come out in the fall.
  • How many people that use smartphones really need that much faster transfer speed anyways? In any case there'll be microUSB/USB-C adaptors to buy on Amazon. Of course Apple will reign in with proprietaries, but who knows for the others. Charging can be done without cables now too.
  • Really would have loved to see Type-C on the new Sammys. It truly is an upgrade from Micro-USB. Saying this from my 'Not cable fried' Nexus 5X. :) Posted from my Super Nexus 5X
  • I don't want to buy all new cables yet and o don't want the half baked solution that USB C seems to be at this point. Sticking with micro might have sold me on the S7. Posted via the Android Central App
  • This is a big mistake for a company that's usually cutting edge. My next phone needs type C, simple as that. I'm guessing most people won't opt out of a great phone for that one reason, but for me it would have been an easy way to get me fully onboard with this phone.