If you buy a Smartphone or gadgets, you most likely find the word ‘USB Type-C’ in the connectivity support section. We see and find USB Type-C almost in every device that we have, but what is USB Type-C is? If you want to know the answer, scroll down your page and read below.
What is USB Type-C?
USB Type-C has become the new standard in connection just like its previous USB 1.1. USB 2.0, USB 3.0, or the very latest the USB 3.1. Just like the Android OS that always receive upgrades, USB is also the same.
Unlike the Android OS renewal, the USB upgrade focuses more on defining what the connection can do about speed and feature improvements. However, improvement is all about the physical connection just like microSD or mini-USB.
In June 2015, Intel revealed that its latest version of Thunderbolt 3 will use USB Type-C, but it has to go a bumpy road to achieve its goal. This is good news since Thunderbolt 3 is four times faster than the standard USB Type-C 3.1. If everything goes as planned, transferring lot of big files will only require a small amount of time.
USB Type-C on Smartphones
The Chinese Smartphone, OnePlus have already used the USB Type-C into one of its flagships, the OnePlus 2, back in mid-2015. Another tech manufacturer, Google also implemented this USB into its newest Android flagships, Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, towards the end of the year.
Since then, there are other companies used this USB into their devices like LG G5, HTC 10, the Galaxy Note 7, and the Google Pixel. The range will continue to grow until every decent mobile released will sport one.
Now, even Samsung’s latest Android handsets, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, boast the USB Type-C. Soon enough, people will find it weird if they found a phone without that connectivity feature.
Pros and Cons
Let us start with the good side. The USB Type-C is already in the right way but of course, it still needs improvements here and there. As more and more companies adopting it into their handsets, we can expect the future mobiles have a slimmer body design with fewer ports. This can give more flexibility, faster data transfer speed, and perhaps even better audio sound to the devices.
Now, the down side of this feature is its physical design, especially the connector that many have claimed to be fragile. Moreover, the unregulated state of the USB Type-C standard also led to a number of irresponsible accessories hitting the Android market. Some that used the unsupported voltage levels have made the host device exploded and burned.
Many of those accidents have led to drastic measures. For example, Amazon bans certain USB-C cables from its store, specifically of “Any USB-C (or USB Type-C) cable or adapter product that is not compliant with standard specifications issued by USB Implementers Forum Inc.