USB Type-C is taking over — here are the phones to prove it – CNET

USB Type-C is taking over

For years now, most phones have charged and transferred files through a Micro-USB port and cable. These days, however, it’s not uncommon to find a new standard: USB Type-C.

This new port technology is said to be faster, more efficient and best of all — flippable (so you can plug in your cord correctly every time). Click through to see what phones are sporting USB Type-C.

Editors’ note: This post updates frequently. It was originally published July 31, 2016.

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OnePlus 5

With a Snapdragon 835 chipset, a dual-camera setup and an enduring battery, the OnePlus 5 is outstanding — especially for the price.

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The Essential Phone

Created by the founder of Android, the Essential phone is made of titanium and has a magnetic connector in the back that works with an upcoming collection of add-on accessories. 

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HTC U11

Not only is the U11 beautiful, it also comes with a unique trick. To launch its camera, all you have to do is squeeze, yes, squeeze the phone. Called Edge Sense, you can also interact with the phone with a long squeeze, which can turn on/off the flashlight, toggle Wi-Fi , start a voice recording or launch another app of your choice.

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Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung finally hopped on the Type-C bandwagon with the Galaxy S8 joining the fray. Aside from that, the phone has a 5.8-inch display, the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and the digital assistant Bixby.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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Motorola Moto Z2 Play

The Moto Z2 Play has a beautiful screen and all-day battery life. There’s expandable storage, lots of software tricks and even a headphone jack.

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Xiaomi Mi 6

The Mi 6 doesn’t stray too much from its roots and has a 5.15-inch display and curved edges. However, it does have new features too, like 12-megapixel dual-cameras, 4GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset.

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Google Pixel and Pixel XL

The Pixel (and its larger Pixel XL XLcounterpart) is one of the best Android phones you can get. It has a fantastic camera and elegant design. Its Google Assistant software feature also takes one of the most natural, human approaches to answering your voice. Oh, and it has USB Type-C, of course.

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LG G6

LG’s latest G6 is its best-looking flagship yet. Sporting a 5.7-inch screen, two rear cameras (including a wide angle lens) and Google Assistant baked-in, the water-resistant device is top-notch.

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Motorola Moto Z and Z Force

The Moto Z (and its US-only, Verizon-only counterpart Moto Z Force) work with magnetic Moto Mods accessories, which change up and add to the phone’s functionality. Ambitious, quirky and ultimately useful, the Moto Z is the most polished and customizable modular phone yet.

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BlackBerry DTEK60

The DTEK60 has a polished design, good battery life and performs well in day-to-day use. Its 21-megapixel camera takes detailed images and shoots 4K video, and messaging is a breeze.

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Huawei Honor 8

The Honor 8 is a slick little package that combines good photos from a dual-lens camera with a useful customizable button and a fingerprint reader. Overall, it’s a likable mid-price phone with some nice perks.

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Xiaomi Mi Mix

The edgeless display on the Mi Mix is simply amazing, and the ceramic rear gives the phone a luxurious feel. Not to mention, the base model starts with (!) 128GB of storage.

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Samsung Galaxy A7, A5 and A3

Samsung’s newest family of midrange phones pack quite the punch in both design and features. They come in an assortment of colors and sizes (from 4.7, 5.2 and 5.7 inches) but all have USB Type-C.

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LG V20

Featuring a generous 5.7-inch display, Android 7.0 Nougat and the familiar two rear cameras, the V20 is LG’s most premium phone of last season.

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Sony Xperia XZ

The Xperia XZ looks good, won’t die when you spill your drink on it and has a bold screen that makes mobile games look great. Be wary, however, of its less-than-stellar battery life and high price.

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ZTE Axon 7

As ZTE’s best phone to date, the sophisticated and affordable Axon 7 has a zippy processor, expandable storage and loud speakers.

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Asus Zenfone 3

Featuring a Snapdragon 625 processor, a 5.5-inch display and a 16-megapixel camera, the midrange ZenFone 3 is a beautiful and affordable phone.

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Nextbit Robin

The Robin has a fresh, minimalist design and a flawless fingerprint reader. However, its novel cloud storage concept isn’t seamless enough for the masses.

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HTC U Ultra and Play

The Ultra’s shimmering glass body makes it one of prettiest phones in a long time (same goes for the Play). It’s also got a 5.7-inch display, a screen just for notifications and HTC’s signature BoomSound audio experience.

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Huawei Mate 9

The Mate 9 has more power than you’ll need, a camera that’s great for arty shots and a battery that won’t quit on you by dinner. It’s a great option for anyone looking for a big-screen phone.

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HTC Bolt

Though it lacks a headphone jack (and you’ll need to use your regular headphones with an adapter), the Bolt is water-resistant and has enhanced audio capabilities.

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Motorola Moto Z Play

Even if you don’t care about the Moto Z Play’s cool modular capabilities, the phone is the most affordable handset in Motorola’s Z series, and has an impressively enduring battery life.

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ZTE Blade V8 Pro

After hitting markets in Asia, Europe and Mexico, ZTE’s Blade series of phones is making its US debut with the V8 Pro. It features a 5.5-inch display, a Snapdragon 625 processor and two cameras that can take some funky black and white shots.

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Huawei Honor 6X

The Honor 6X is a 5.5-inch device with two cameras on the back, a big battery meant to last two days and a price tag low enough for the cost-conscious or anyone shopping for a second, casual phone.

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ZTE ZMax Pro

Though only available on just a couple of US networks, the ZMax Pro is a great big-screen phone for cheap. It has a 5.7-inch display, a solid build and costs just $100 (that’s about £80 or AU$130).

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Microsoft Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 is a mostly average phone. It takes good pictures, has a crystal clear screen and a removable battery. Its Cortana voice assistant and offline maps are also good perks.

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Huawei P9

With its dual 12-megapixel rear camera, the P9 takes great photos, particularly in black and white. But even given that and the phone’s slim design, its expensive price makes it a hesitant buy.

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LG G5

The G5’s unique modular design lets you swap in accessories and has a replaceable battery. But its not-so-compelling accessories fail to make the phone live up to its world-changing Swiss Army Knife potential.

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HTC 10

Though the 10’s non-removable battery doesn’t last as long as its competitors, it has an elegantly chiseled design, brilliant audio quality and a highly customizable user interface.

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Google Nexus 5X and 6P

Google’s pair of flagship phones from a couple of years ago feature the purest version of the Android OS software at that time, timely updates from Google and an affordable unlocked price.

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Xiaomi Mi5

Xiaomi’s impressive Mi 5 has the features to stand up against the very best (like a lightweight design, great camera and top-of-the-line hardware), but it was a shame it wasn’t officially available worldwide.

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Meizu Pro 6

Though it sports a jarring copycat iPhone design, the Meizu Pro 6’s (center) 10-core processor delivers speedy non-gaming performance and it’s relatively cheap.

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