Is USB Type-C Still A Good Idea? See The Reasons

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The new standard connection USB – dubbed simply as Type-C – surely left many geeks excited. It differs from others because it is reversible, i.e. it does not have a specific side to be connected to a port (something that happened a long time ago with the Lightning, a unique standard for the devices Apple).

Having been finalized in August last year, the new model of USB connections already being adopted in the industry and already appears in some gadgets available in the international market. The tablet Nokia N1 and smartphone OnePlus 2 are good examples of powerful devices that carry this new technology.

But it needs to go with less thirst to the pot: have a cell phone with USB Type-C is not a good idea. First, it is worth remembering that to be a very new standard, it is still very difficult to find this type of cable model. And while it’s very easy to borrow a standard USB charger from your friends, the same will not happen if you have a gadget with Type-C input.

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More problems

Another important issue is the incompatibility with accessories. Remember that if you purchase a smartphone with USB Type-C, you can no longer use that power bank or others who still uses the old connection, for example. If you find cables with the new standard it is already a difficult task, imagine the challenge of finding compatible accessories with technology.

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USB Type C (Left), Thunderbolt (Center), MicroUSB (Right)

Furthermore, unlike what many believe, the Type-C is not necessarily faster than conventional micro USB. When talking “Type-C”, we are referring only to the connector design, and not necessarily to its data transfer rate (which may be the USB 2.0 standard, 3.0 or 3.1). The OnePlus 2, for example, has a connector on the Type-C format of a standard 2.0.

This means that, actually, the data transfer speed between the device and computer will be a maximum of 480 Mbps, and 10 Gbps, not as many believe. This would only be possible if both the phone and the PC have USB 3.0 in Type-C format. This same problem also prevents gadgets equipped with the new fast-charging technologies they promise.