Just one more reason to get psyched about the inexpensive yet futuristic OnePlus 2.
Although Sony officials did suggest a while back their USB Type-C mobile adoption may go down at a sluggish pace compared to a few rival OEMs, we couldn’t help but hope for a last-minute miracle. Alas, it’s time for a reality check, as Xperia Z4 and Z3 Compact’s successors seem to sport good old fashioned micro USB ports.
They say the two new flagship smartphones are on deck for a joint September 2 announcement in Berlin, 48 hours ahead of the formal IFA kick-off. Their market names aren’t confirmed yet, and given the volatile nature of recent Xperia branding, we wouldn’t be surprised if they’re called Z4+ and Z4 Compact.
Still, Z5 and Z5 Compact feel like our safest bets, and before you dream too big, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC is a long shot. Don’t hold your breath for an all-metal build either, based on a trio of gradually leaked pics from the past few days.
These hint at a continuation of a now iconic (read done to death) design language, with bulky profiles and chunky screen borders. Also, no apparent breakthrough in the connectivity department, where you’ll still need to pay attention to the different ends of traditional micro USB to USB cables.
Cord reversibility and increased transfer speed remain exclusive features of the $329 and up OnePlus 2, with Samsung tipped to stall the advancement as well as far as the Galaxy Note 5 and S6 Edge+ are concerned.