Slim and reversible USB Type-C connector finalised; headed to future smartphones

by XB on 14th August 2014

in Accessories, News

USB Type-C_ThumbThe near ubiquitous use of USB 2.0 (Micro-B) connectors across all smartphones (barring Apple’s offerings) has been fantastic for consumers. It means there has been no need to use different chargers when switching mobile phones, something we remember all too well from the past. However, one constant pain is making sure you put the cable the right way around when charging the phone, or connecting it to a computer.

Well it looks like these worries will be coming to an end in the not-too-distant future. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group recently announced that they have finalised the specification for the USB Type-C cable and connector. This connector will be similar in size to the current USB 2.0 Micro-B connectors, but will also be reversible (think of the Apple Lightning cable in terms of what to expect).

Whilst the USB Type-C connector has been tailored to fit mobile devices, it should also be robust enough for laptops and tablets. It will also support SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W. It will have a power delivery capacity of 3A for standard cables and 5A for connectors.

Unfortunately this new standard will not be backwards compatible with existing USB plugs and receptacles, but there will be adapters available to make sure these new cables work with existing products.

Overall, it is good news that the USB group has updated this specification. The USB 3.0 Micro-B connector (seen in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3) was never going to receive wide adoption given its size and expense. Expect products to start appearing with USB Type-C connectors in a year’s time.

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  • SopNaw

    So, I personally hope that Sony will add the compatibility with Android 4.4 and this type of usb cable if it will used in all smartphone in the future to this awesome thing:

  • RoberMC

    So… they put microUSB as the standard for connecting/charging portable devices in order to reduce emmisions, garbage, etc… and now in the near future all microUSB cables we have been collecting all this years will be going to the trash bin at once.

    Oh, before some one else come here to say it; “Where is Kit-Kat update for the Xperia SP, SONY??!!!” X’D.

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  • Tjaldid

    from the article “Unfortunately this new standard will not be backwards compatible with existing USB plugs and receptacles, but there will be adapters available to make sure these new cables work with existing products.”

  • SopNaw

    Hm.. I do not know exactly how long this thing was released but I know it has existed for less than a year (since about 6-7 months ago, around the release of Xperia Z1, I think) but i dont know why, it seems no in world wide, maybe in the future, I hope.

  • SopNaw
  • We all love our bags full of adapters… ;-)

  • Where is Kit-Kat update for the Xperia SP, SONY??!!!

  • BigBernard

    Is it really a “constant pain” to check which way the plug is? Seriously?

  • Muhd Ihsan

    the adaptation takes times,so it will not be going to trash bin at once,even 3.0 usb not fully adapt this day

  • XperiaBlog

    It is if you are constantly flashing devices like we are, performing finger gymnastics to get the USB cable the right way around and hitting volume down! ;-)

  • dimz

    Shouldn’t there be a “regular” size type c connector alongside micro c for devices like flash drives or webcams, that don’t need the reduced size? Looks a little break-prone to me…

  • RoberMC

    Oh, come on! Hahaha

  • Guest

    Jan 2014…

  • RoberMC

    USB 3.0 is backwards compatible. You can use 3.0 cables on 2.0 interfaces and the opposite (you won’t take advantage of 3.0, but sometimes it makes no difference).

    As soon as phones start coming with this new cables, we will start throwing away old cables. At least ac/dc adapters will still work, and I have a drawer full of them.

  • Weehaaw

    Yes! Always dark/dim when I connect my cable. One day I will force it in the wrong way and break something. Just a little annoying thing to have to check all the time. Evolution!

  • Alaa


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    2 company Sony said it has not closed the door on the system Android Wear
    These new rumors hinted that the time smart SmartWatch 3 will not be running Android Wear.
    Sony Corporation explained earlier that it is not ready yet for this idea.

    3 smart design this time would be similar to the design of previous versions of the same time
    Design means that it will come in the form of square

    4 screen smart this time will be better in terms of clarity.

    5 will not be a system to Android Wear time

    6 will come with an improved user interface.

    7 will be able to work on their own without having to be linked or paired with a smartphone.

    8 will be resistant to water and dust is better than the previous version.

  • dreamgs1

    thats true. every time they change and say it is standard. we should not believe such things and buy any gadgets. all these are market strategies though there is good additions in it. .

  • Raj Singh

    It’s awesome to be able to go to your friends’ place and be able to charge your phone using the standard micro USB cable that everyone else uses. Don’t need to carry the cable around with you.
    Apple is too cool for that, and Blu-Ray and MicroSD cards and NFC, et cetera…

  • Ankith Rai

    ohhh come on where is my android L update for my
    Sony W720i

  • lunkz

    Great more cables to store.
    Can we stop the fucking usb standards?
    USB, USB Big, USB Mini, USB Micro, USB Ultra, USB muddafucking NANO

  • Muhd Ihsan

    i means the usb 3.0 with micro usb 3.0,like the one on samsung note 4,and external hard disk that support 3.0

  • Gary Ohanian

    I think it should be fine. There’s nothing I see that makes it any more or less likely to fail than a standard USB. I think standardising a small plug is a big bonus.

  • Gary Ohanian

    Not a pain, but for people with poor eyesight or dimly lit areas, this will be very helpful.

    Another bonus is that for fixed plugs (dock mounts etc) you won’t need to twist cables to get it the right way around.

  • Gary Ohanian

    Didn’t you see it? You must have been looking in the wrong place (like WTF are you talking about SP on a USB post?).

  • metcarded

    good. It looks a lot more durable than the micro usb that we have now.

  • Samuel

    This is that one connector to rule them all. Type-C supercedes both, Type-A and Type-B and their variants. So in the future, you’ll only have to worry about one type of cable.

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