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The Galaxy S7 Has Micro-USB for Gear VR

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Feb 22, 2016, 12:43 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Feb 22, 2016, 1:05 PM

Updated: Added background on Type-C connectors.

When Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were announced this week, many people wondered why the phones have a micro-USB port instead of the newer USB Type-C connector. The competing LG G5 and a growing number of phones at all price points this year include Type-C. When asked, Samsung Director of Product Marketing Shoneel Kolhatkar indicated that compatibility with the existing ecosystem of Samsung accessories was the reason, but particularly Gear VR, the current version of which is built in a such a way that it can only work with micro-USB. USB Type-C connectors are reversible, (like Apple's Lightning connector,) and support much faster data and more power for charging.

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