The new USB Type-C standard was announced little over a year ago, but has finally saw the light of day later last year with the release of the Nokia N1 tablet, and newer devices launched this year like Apple’s new Macbook and Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. It seems that Microsoft is looking to join the party too, but this time with their upcoming smartphones.
Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 flagships have yet to be announced, but we have had some rumored features coming through the grapevine. Both devices, codename Cityman and Talkman (a throwback to Nokia’s first mobile devices) will feature 5.7 and 5.2 inch QHD screens respectively, powered by 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable), and featuring 20MP cameras. We also have word of octo-core and hexa-core processors, respectively, and apparently both devices will feature triple LED flashes for better color and picture tone.
New reports are now suggesting that Microsoft is including the new USB Type-C, which is slowing shaping up as the new standard. This promises slimmer and reversible design, which translates to thinner devices like Apple’s Macbook, and with the new 3.1 USB standard it’ll offer speeds of 10Gbps and Power Delivery up to 100W.
Microsoft wouldn’t be the first to make a smartphone that accommodates the new standard. Chinese firm Letv has introduced their first smartphone, Le Superphone, that includes USB Type-C, but with adoption being few and far between, it seems that Microsoft may be among the first, depending on when these devices are launched.
We also have word of some other notable features coming to Microsoft’s new flagships, such as aluminum frames with polycarbonate removable back covers, not unlike the Lumia 830, wireless charging, and an iris scanner used in tandem with Microsoft’s new Windows Hello security features. Apparently there’s also word of a Lumia 1020 successor that will be ready sometime next year.
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