Windows Phone 7 devices: no Zune connector, OEMs make the call

For those curious, the Zune connector i.e. the sync/charge interface cable from the Microsoft Zune series, won't be used at all with Windows Phone 7 Series devices.

That's the good news, since said Zune connector is a little large and more than a little proprietary.

The bad news is that the WP7s chassis specifications don't require any specific sync/charge format, meaning OEMs who make our next-gen phones are free to use Mini-USB, Micro-USB or even their own proprietary format.

Now we hope OEMs have learned their lesson in regards to that last one, so we don't think we'll see many of those. Still, for those wanting a definitive decision with regards to Micro or Mini USB ... looks like Microsoft is going to let the old free market decide. [via Windows Phone Secrets]

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  • Isnt Micro Usb the standard connector now for mobile phones as evidenced by the HD2?
  • I would hope that they would use the zune connector simpl because of docks and other accessories that allow the iPhone and iPod to dominate the market... I wish MS would open up the connector so that there may be an alternative for other companies to use!
  • i thought the same thing, then realized we have wireless sync, and i OEMs can take the opportunity to differentiate their hardware with things like inductive charging, and FM transmitters. i think those three would cover the majority of things a dock connection would be used for.
  • I hope WP7S will have the same TV output experience as the Zune HD.
  • I expect it will. If you connect it to a TV it will probably default to the Zune Hub. Or a special mix of Zune and Pictures. The ZuneHD 4.5 firmware is a good indication of things to come.
  • Geeze, of all the things to force down our throats, a simple USB standard would actually make sense!
  • But no ones forcing anything. If the Zune connector was to be the default and only option THEN it would be forced on us. As it stands, it's up to the OEMs to pick, like they've always done, which type of connector they want. Many have some form of USB, in which case you can just buy your own cable if the one you have from an older phone doesn't match. Anyways, in the end, WP7s seems to be going more for wireless sync and even charging. MS has their own type of wireless charging pad in the works (filed a patent for one last month or so?). So in time this wire connection bit will be a non-issue.
  • Of all the unnecessary hardware requirements in WP7, Microsoft could have at least required a standard data/power connection. This is actually pretty important for both universality (use with every WP7 device + others) and environmental reasons. Mini-USB was pretty much the standard with WM6 phones, so hopefully all manufacturers can agree on using Micro-USB.
  • I guess this was a concession to the hardware manufacturers who want: 1) differentiation to help foster customer lock-in
    2) lucrative aftermarket peripheral sales What a shame. It would have been nice if this was standardized too. With standard connectors, 3rd-party peripherals can flourish into a market large enough to warrent 3rd-parties to get involved - as happened with Apple's iPod connector standards.
  • Hello, Windows Mobile 7 will include
  • 17 manufacturers and operators agreed on Micro-USB standard from 2012.
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