James, perhaps the optical connection could be passed through a dock only connection? To protect the fragile optical cable only breakout the optical connection in an M17 dock? Pass through an I2S data out to the dock from the M17, and from the dock break out the Optical/Coax outputs? Perhaps even an optical/coax input could be fitted to the dock as well? The M17 dock would be a much more complex dock than the M15.Not, in fact, we plan to remove the optical out from m17 because we can't figure out how to protect the optical connector.
I was wondering about all of those connections on the bottom plate making it difficult to create a dock for the M17.
One of the nice accessories for the M15 is the DK1 dock. The M15 has a clean bottom plate with only the USB-C power/data connection making this possible.
It is very convenient to stand up the M15 on the DK1 dock for charging and desktop use. I like that the DK1 had separate connections for data USB-C and power USB-C, it would be really great if the new M17 had that capability as well.
Side or back connections? High enough on the back to plug in while on the DK1 (or similar) dock? Or perhaps multiple connections on the DK2 dock to passthrough all of the bottom connections on the M17?
Perhaps forgo the passthrough of all of the bottom plate connections for the M17, and support a desktop dock for the M17 with a centered USB-C power connecter on the bottom plate, like the M15 / DK1?
I'm very excited about the M17, but hoping a vertical dock can be fitted to the M17.
BTW, what version of Android is the M17 shipping with?