Sony’s new USB-C headphone dongle (with extra charge port) provides bare convenience

Can a dongle transfer data and 18W charging at the same time as it converts digital audio signals to analog? Sony‘s newest cable can’t.

The USB Type-C 2-in-1 Cable EC270 is available for proprietary use on the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact — because they don’t have headphone jacks — to let users “charge your Xperia and enjoy clear conversations and flawless control of your music through your headset’s mic and in-line remote.” The USB-C merged connection splits out to a 3.5mm port for analog sound and an extra female USB-C slot for a charging cable.

The catch here is that charging in and out is limited to 5V/0.5A (2.5W), so there’s no fast charging and there’s also no data transfer available here.

While that might disappoint USB-C spec-heads, it should be said that this is as much insight into these aspects as we have seen on a component like this — we’ve looked around pretty hard for similar parts and the product descriptions have been awfully vague as to what those items can do, much less if they can do so without a compromise in the quality of data for the price given.

Speaking of price, Android Police reports that the dongle, only available in Europe for the time being, costs shy of €20.

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Jules Wang
Jules Wang is News Editor for Pocketnow and one of the hosts of the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. He came onto the team in 2014 as an intern editing and producing videos and the podcast while he was studying journalism at Emerson College. He graduated the year after and entered into his current position at Pocketnow, full-time.