OnePlus responds to allegations that its USB Type-C accessories are out of spec
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A few days ago, an investigation by Google engineer Benson Leung found that OnePlus‘ USB Type-C accessories might be out of step with the standard. OnePlus has now responded to the claims, saying that its accessories – its cable and adapter – are compliant with USB 2.0 and Type-C 1.0 standards, curiously omitting the 1.1 standard for USB Type-C which is arguably the more important one. With USB Type-C 1.1, a connected device can be charged with up to 3A – this is what the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are designed to do. However, if you use anything lower than 1.1, you risk damage to your device – as Leung explains it:
“Having a weaker than 3A charger is actually a risk factor because the device being charged will always try to charge at 3 and if the older adapter can’t handle 3A, that is when it might be damaged.”
OnePlus confirms that its own cables are right for the OnePlus 2 to be charged and transfer data, but it’s clear the cables shouldn’t be used for more recent devices like the new Nexuses where damage is possible. Looks like we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer before USB Type-C is truly a mainstream standard.
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