New Galaxy S7 photos confirm we won’t get USB-C

Galaxy S7 leaks again. Photo: Steve Hemmerstoffer

Galaxy S7 leaks again. Photo: Steve Hemmerstoffer

We had our doubts over the Galaxy S7’s support for USB-C, and now new images have confirmed Samsung won’t be adopting the new standard just yet. Instead, the South Korean company’s latest flagship will use micro-USB — but is that a bad thing?

USB-C delivers some huge advantages over older standards, including faster charging and data transfer speeds. It’s also completely reversible like Apple’s Lightning connector, so it’s much more convenient — albeit not quite as convenient as wireless charging.

A number of Android device makers have already adopted the USB-C standard, including OnePlus, Acer, LG, and Huawei. But sadly, Samsung won’t be joining them — at least not with the Galaxy S7 series.

The photo below of a Galaxy S7 out in the wild confirms it will use the familiar micro-USB standard instead. That means you won’t get the benefits mentioned above, but you will still have wireless charging.

What’s more, you won’t have to replace all your micro-USB cables and accessories just yet.

Galaxy S7's micro-USB port. Photo: Steve Hemmerstoffer

Galaxy S7’s micro-USB port. Photo: Steve Hemmerstoffer

There are ups and downs to this, then. Personally, I don’t think it’s a big deal that Samsung is sticking with micro-USB for now; I’m just pleased we’re getting expandable storage back, the same great design we saw last year, and improved internals.

What do you think?