For smartphones and tablets, USB Type-C is becoming the new standard. The port is also finding a home on laptops like the new MacBook’s single port and the Asus Vivobook E403SA.
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Ideally, you should wait until at least 2017 before getting a device that supports Alt Mode, but waiting that long may not be feasible for you (e.g. holiday shopping season, you’re impatient, etc). In that case, if you’re buying a new Android smartphone or Windows laptop soon, definitely get one with a USB Type-C port.
Having a USB Type-C port won’t guaranteed that it’ll work with Alt Mode, but if the device has both HDMI output and a USB Type-C port, then there’s a good chance it will work. Unfortunately, the number of devices that fit these criteria is low — not even the new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the OnePlus 3.
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