Announced a few years ago, the Type C or Type C USB connector is striding to become the new industry standard for smartphones, but also for tablets and computers. Yes, that means you will soon have to retire those micro USB chargers that you have accumulated over the years and exchanges on smartphones, Androids and Windows Phones, or purchase adapters like some manufacturers are already putting in their boxes. , to help consumers.
It may not seem like it, but even a small connector capable of changing the user's experience, especially with regard to data exchange and battery recharging. Cables with USB connectors all look the same, but not always alone. There are currently at least six types on the market: USB Type-A, USB Type-B, Mini-USB Type-A, Mini-USB Type-B, Micro-USB Type-A, and Micro-USB Type-B. Some are for smartphones, others for cameras and several for the various accessories that also need power.
The advantages of USB C or Type-C
It was thinking of simplifying this issue that USB Implementers Forum, or USB-IF, the organization behind USB, launched Type-C, which replaces types A and B in all existing sizes, normal, mini or micro. That is, in the future, will be just a connector version for almost all electronics.
You can charge your smartphone in less than an hour
New USB port specifications allow smartphones to charge up to 3 Amps at 5 Volts. A Galaxy S6 with 2500 mAh would be fully charged in 50 minutes (if the battery allows it), for example. A 3,100 mAh Xperia Z3 would charge in just over an hour (again, only if the battery is compatible). Some cables today already support capabilities that were never anticipated for USB 2.0, and the new generation will be most welcome.
The symmetrical input
Who has never been annoyed by the trapezoid shape of today's connections? Fortunately, the new pattern has the same measurements on the sides (2.6 x 8.4 millimeters). This means you will no longer have to look for the right side to fit the cable. Either way, charging will work on USB Type-C.
You can use the new standard for 27 years
USB Type-C is built to support 10,000 connections. If you charge your smartphone once a day, that means 10,000 days without the connection being worn out and no longer usable. That means 27 years, 4 months and 18 days. Of course, by then you have changed your smartphone several times, and probably the USB standard has changed more often. But at least it's good to know that the new standard is much tougher than Micro USB.
USB Type-C also charges your laptop
Higher strength and faster smartphone charging are good advantages. But not the new USB goes beyond. It supports up to 20 Volts per 5 Ampres, ie 100 Watts. This is a usual chain of laptops. Thus, proprietary charging cables for devices of this category would become superfluous. And even Apple has adopted it in their latest Macbooks.
Data Transmission Speed
The new USB standard is very fast. The maximum USB 3.1 speed is theoretically 10 Gbit / s. That is enough for a 4K video with 60 frames per second and sound (still leaving room, for example, to use a mouse or keyboard for the same input). In other words, with USB Type-C smartphones will be a little closer to replacing computers more efficiently.
It will be possible to use the new cable for various purposes. Charger cables, monitor cables, adapters and many other formats can be sent to the museum. Of course, the transition will be gradual, but this time it is in the right direction.
Tips for using USB Type-C
- Beware of cheap Type-C USB cables. These can be very expensive in the long run.
- Even if your device comes with a Type-C USB, check your specifications.
- Always use the cable and charger that comes with your device.
- If you need a replacement look for the quality and compatibility of the product with the device.
And you already using USB C?
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