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Handsets Equipped with USB Type-C Connectors will Take off Worldwide Next Year

by Ville-Petteri Ukonaho | 11月 02, 2016

In a recently published report Strategy Analytics takes a closer look at what is happening within the USB connector space in handsets. Strategy Analytics' extensive report forecasts global USB-C handset sales by six major regions from 2014 to 2022.

USB connectivity has been a part of mobile phones since the 1990s. Today, nearly all handsets sold globally contain an open or proprietary USB port.  Over that time-period, USB has evolved from Type-A connectors to Type-B and now Type-C.  The first Type-C portable device to emerge was the Nokia N1 tablet introduced in Q4 2014. Apple introduced Type-C ports in Q1 2015 when it unveiled its latest MacBook portable computer.  The first mobile handsets to incorporate the technology were smartphones introduced first by LeTV, followed by  OnePlus 2 and Zuk Z1, in 2015 almost two dozen handsets with Type-C was introduced.

Strategy Analytics forecasts global USB-C handset sales to grow a huge +1600% between 2016 and 2022. Emerging first in China, from LeTV, OnePlus and others in 2015, handsets equipped with USB Type-C connectors will take off worldwide next year, as costs fall.


Beyond Asia, North America and Western Europe will see rapid adoption of the technology. We predict Type-C will become the dominant connector-port on cellphones.

USB-C will first appear in high-end models, but it will soon begin to migrate to lower-tier devices. In the first phase Type-C is used as a differentiator but soon it will become a standard for all devices.

Strategy Analytics continues to follow how the penetration continues among vendors by keeping our hand at the pulse of the industry.



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