Microsoft Surface Laptop Prototype Shows Two USB-C Ports? [VIDEO]
Popular software maker Microsoft took the wraps off its Surface Laptop on Tuesday, May 2 but left out the use of USB Type-C ports, much to the surprise of its users. Microsoft has ousted USB Type-C ports in favor of a mini DisplayPort and its time-worn Surface connector.
Bearing the codename "Lynx," Microsoft's Surface Laptop underwent a slew of final prototype iteration, including a model with two USB-C ports. One of these prototypes accidentally found its way on the web in the form of a teaser Surface marketing video on YouTube.
During Microsoft's education-focused event that took place in New York, TheVerge's Tom Warren investigated about the lack of USB-C ports on the recently launched $999 Surface Laptop. Designers attributed this change to a "lack of maturity" in the technology, aside from a considerable lack of market acceptance.
Apparently, Microsoft believes the target users of the Surface Laptop, would prefer using a mini DisplayPort and standard USB port rather than the new USB-C connections. While it's no secret that USB-C is not as prevalent as the conventional USB port, the lack of USB-C might not prove to be advantageous in making the laptop future proof, according to International Business Times.
Leading hardware manufacturers such as Apple (in MacBooks), Samsung (in Galaxy S8) and Google (in Pixel phones) have all adopted the USB-C technology, while other handset manufacturers are on the verge of resorting to USB-C as the standard. Several tech peripherals including headphones, docks, charging cables et al are gradually embracing this hardware technology as well.
While it remains to be seen exactly when Microsoft will make the USB-C switch, the Redmond-based tech behemoth is definitely keeping a promise it made about three years back. Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella stated that the company was committed to Surface and would ensure it provides the same accessory support across the previous version of the Surface Pro i.e. Surface Pro 3 and Pro 4 devices.
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