August 9, 2016
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WHAT IS USB TYPE-C?

The USB Type-C is the newest type of USB connector that comes with new functions and faster speeds for improved delivery. The USB Type-C is another proof that new is indeed better. Even tech giants like Apple, Google, LG, and HTC, to name a few, are adapting this connector type.

While the USB Type-C connector has began proliferating in 2015, devices are still supporting other USB types, most commonly the micro-USB B. However, manufacturers are beginning to make room for the USB Type-C because of the improvements it brings about.

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Why opt for USB Type-C

What’s good about USB Type-C anyway? Two things: speed and flexibility.

The USB Type-C supports USB 3.1, with speeds of up to 10Gbps for data transfers and high power output of up to 20V(100W) and 5A for charging. This makes for faster and more stable cable charging.

The USB Type-C is reversible. If you’re one of those people who end up flipping the connector head this and that way before successfully plugging it in, the USB Type-C is the answer. The wrong side is always the right side no matter how you put it. You will always get it right the first time you plug in.

USB Type-C is termed as the future, as it will eventually be used by every device to be launched in the market. As with most newly-introduced technology, the more it is utilized the more it becomes common. Almost all new Android phones that are coming out in the market will have support for USB Type-C. Its use is not limited to charging mobile devices. Now you can also use it as connector to a power source for another USB-C device, make MTP file transfers, and use it for MIDI input.

Frequently asked questions

One of the things consumers want to know about USB Type-C is if their batteries will charge faster once they employ the use of USB type-C. The specs in this USB type allow enhanced power delivery of up to 20 volts, 5 amps, and 100 watts.

The next question is if there will be need to purchase new power adapters. The answer, despite our mounting feelings of resistance to change, is yes. Your current USB–A does not have the capacity to support multiple charging. Let’s face it–that adapter needs an eventual replacement anyway.

If USB Type–C is the future, why haven’t mobile phone manufacturers integrated it into their devices? Support for USB Type-C is limited because phones are planned and developed months before so they cannot be containing the latest innovation whenever it comes knocking.

USB Type-C does not seem like a passing fad, as the big names are starting to adapt it as the standard. Still, technology is an ever-changing ecosystem and we never really know when a new USB type will become the norm.

Check out our slideshow for devices that are already USB Type-C compatible.