USB Type-C: All That You Always Wanted to Know

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If you have bought a new Android mobile phone recently, you would have no doubt noticed that the power port on the bottom is looking quite different. This is the USB Type-C port that has started making an appearance replacing the conventional micro-USB port. The reason for switching over to a new standard is that it provides a whole host of benefits over and above the ability to charge the phone. However, as beneficial as the change may be, its introduction and advantages are quite poorly understood and this has given birth to a number of questions. Some of the more common ones answered:

Why Make the Change To USB-Type C?

The micro-USB brought in an era that made lives of users of electronic gadgets easier as they no longer had to make use of different cables for charging devices with different standards. USB Type-C is a natural evolution of that philosophy that now makes it possible for all electronic devices, not just the mobile phone, to be connected using the same type of port and cable. With just a single stroke the small oval port aims to replace all other connectors, including the Type-A USB seen in laptops and desktops. Apart from offering the advantage of a universal standard, the Type-C USB offers significantly faster transfer of data across devices and quicker charging of batteries.

Will The Type-C Port Enable Faster Charging of The Phone Battery?

The new Type-C port specifications allow delivery of power at rates that are significantly greater than what we are accustomed to currently. The 15W charger used by Google’s Pixel C, for example, charges the tablet far faster than a Quick Charge 3.0-enabled USB-A charger. You are able to charge Google’s Chromebook Pixel 2 laptop within two hours with the standard 60W charger; this is something that conventional USB chargers simply can’t match. However, charging performance differs from one manufacturer to another; performance of a USB type c hub will definitely be on par with Quick Charge 3.0 chargers. Because of safety and battery capacity issues, you will be disappointed if you are expecting phone charging in a few minutes. While there may not be a massive difference in phone charging times, you can expect significantly faster charging of laptops and tablets.

Why Are There Different Power Cable Still?

Because customers are still using different types of ports in phone and computers, even phone with USB-C ports are shipping with at least two different types of cables; one with Type-C connectors on both ends, and another with a Type-C on one end and the rectangular USB-A on the other. While you get the best performance using the cable that has the Type-C connector at both ends, the other cable ensures you are able to hook up with other devices that have the conventional Type-A port.

Conclusion

Since this is a transition phase, you can expect to live with different manufacturers supplying different ports; however, sooner or later, the USB Type-C will become the standard and you will need to upgrade to get the best performance.

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Eva is a Business Tech Analyst. She is very responsible towards her job. She loves to share her knowledge and experience with her friends and colleagues.

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