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Why You Shouldn’t Buy OnePlus USB Type-C

Why You Shouldn’t Buy OnePlus USB Type-C
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Why You Shouldn’t Buy OnePlus USB Type-C

Benson Leung reviews few USB Type-C cables. While testing, he found out that OnePlus’s Type-C microUSB cable is defective. Get the complete scoop here.

Type-C USBs are becoming very common these days. Most of the new smartphones in the market come with this type of USB ports. To make a firm decision about which manufacturer has done a good job with USB Type-C cables, Benson Leung, a Google engineer is reviewing few of them, and here is what he has to say about One Plus’ USB Type-C Port:

OnePlus USB Type-C

On his Google Plus account, Benson Leung said, “Don’t buy this USB TypeC adapter for your Chromebook Pixel or Nexus 6P/5X phone. It uses the wrong identifier resistor. OnePlus needs to get the message that their accessories are out of spec…” In a review written for Amazon, he has mentioned that OnePlus’ USB Type-C for microUSB is defective.

He further writes, “By using this cable, your phone, tablet, or laptop computer may attempt to draw 3A [of power] which may be more than the micro-b to A cable you attach to this adapter may be able to handle. This may cause damage to whatever cable, hub, PC, or charger you plug into this.”

BGR India, taking this whole review incident one step further, got in touch with OnePlus. Responding to the reports, the company said, “The OnePlus USB Type-C cable and adapter are compliant with USB 2.0 and Type-C 1.0 protocols. They can safely be used with the OnePlus 2 to transfer data and charge the phone.”

USB Type-C cable has been adopted by most of the smartphones already. The likes of Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X already have this technology. The smartphones that will be launched in 2016 may also sport the same technology.

In times like these, manufacturers should and must already be concentrating on building stronger and better ports and slots for such cables, and then getting a review like this from a Google engineer is definitely not a great thing, as people may see OnePlus’ USB Type C ports in a negative light even before trying them. Let’s see where this goes from here.


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