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Share of Samsung, Huawei, LG and Xiaomi smartphones with USB-C charger 2019, by price

In 2019, 100 percent of smartphone models released by Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Xiaomi more expensive than 300 euros, were capable of charging over USB-C. For smartphone models released in 2019 with a minimum price of 200 euros, 90 percent of these came with a USB-C socket. As suggested by the source, there is strong indication that USB-C penetration in Europe will continue to rise: the weighted average selling price of a phone in Western and Eastern Europe has been estimated to be over the 300 euros price mark.

EU mandate for a common smartphone charger

In 2009, following a request made by European Commission (EC), vendors including Apple, Samsung, and Nokia signed a five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop a common specification of smartphone charger. In February 2020 – close to six years after the initial MoU expired – the European Union (EU) voted to recommend a single, universal USB-C charger for all mobile phones and portable devices sold in Europe. The legislation is expected to be tabled in the third quarter of 2020.

USB-C as standard

USB-C is the emerging standard for charging and transferring data, featuring an orientation-agnostic connector that’s the same on both ends. As such, the proliferation of USB-C connections in smartphones is expected to increase dramatically. In 2019, 33 percent of non-Apple smartphones were capable of being charged with USB-C, with forecasts predicting 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, although some predictions suggest that USB-C charging will account for 100 percent of non-Apple smartphones by 2025.

Share of smartphone models released by Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi capable of being charged with USB-C in 2019, by price tier

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Release date

December 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2019

Supplementary notes

Data shown is the percentage of new smartphone models released by Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi in 2019 with a USB-C socket.

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