Share of new Samsung, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi smartphones with USB-C charger 2015-2019

In 2019, 68 percent of new smartphone models released by Samsung, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi were capable of being charged with USB-C, an increase from the 45 percent of smartphone models from these vendors that came with a USB-C socket in 2018. In 2015, just five percent of smartphone models released by these vendors were capable of being charged with USB-C.

Market forecast

In 2019, 33 percent of non-Apple smartphones were capable of being charged with USB-C. Forecasts predict that this is likely to rise to 46 percent by 2020, before jumping again in 2021 up to 62 percent. Beyond 2022, there is a margin of uncertainty, with some predictions suggesting that USB-C charging will account for 100 percent of non-Apple smartphones by 2025, while others believe that there will remain a market for smartphones using micro-USB, particularly those toward the lower end of the price spectrum.

European market

It is worthwhile noting that European consumers tend to opt for higher-end models: more expensive devices which are more likely to come with USB-C charging capabilities. In addition to this, European consumers often have more than one active SIM, or multiple mobile devices. As a result, smartphone and mobile device owners are more inclined to have the same charging solution on all devices, therefore suggesting USB-C penetration is likely to be higher across European markets.

Share of new smartphone models released by Samsung, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi capable of being charged with USB-C from 2015 to 2019

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Sources

Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2015 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Data shown is the percentage of new smartphone models released by Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi with a USB-C socket.

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