At last, the new USB Type C connector is ready for mass production. It will come with reversible ends, featuring the same small connector on either end. But it means so much more for new smartphones, tablets and even laptops.
The new Type-C will mean faster charging, quicker data transfer rates and thanks to the smaller connectors, smaller phones can be made too. The Type-C plug is compatible with the USB 3.1 standard meaning super fast data transfer rates.
Perhaps one of the most celebrated features would be that it’s reversible. Meaning there is no up or down position. Both ways fit.
The near-universal frustration over attempts to connect USB devices to computers has been a staple of nerd humor and lampooned in various ways until Intel finally found a way to take the joke quantum.
Then there’s the fact that Type C plugs will come equipped with speeds rivaling the USB 3.1 standard for fast data transfers of up to 10 Gbps.
But what is perhaps the best part about the cable is the possibilities for power output it brings to the table: it has delivery of up to 5A and the ability to provide 100W of power as opposed to typical 10W of other USBs. What this intuitively means is that this new standard can easily charge up big devices such as laptops
It can do video. Forget specialised video ports like DisplayPort and HDMI (eventually anyway) because Type-C can do that too. And in both directions. A single cable could carry video from phone to PC or PC to phone. Or to TVs, tablets, you name it.
Are there downsides to USB Type C? The higher bandwidth could mean nasty things in terms of heat, something that will have to be carefully managed on the lower wattages. Other technicalities such as port durability could also prove unstable at first, but it is claimed that they will typically be good for over 10,000 cycles. What would take a while, however, is the transition: the huge bases of Android phones and consumer laptops that exist right now will result in a slow adoption where, for a while, both the typical Micro USB standard and the USB Type C will have to co-exist. I
You can expect even more devices to use this new and exciting USB standard soon. In the near future, you can picture going on holiday with a laptop, a phone, a tablet and a single cable to charge them all. How handy is that!