The USB Type C cable which can also go by USB-3.1 became available in 2015 and has brought in tremendous changes in how we can charge our devices and transfer data via USB cables. There are previous versions of USB Types that preceded version 3.1. They are versions 1.1, 2.0, and 3.0 respectively. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that it is smaller than the previous USB Type A and USB Type B cables. It came in and acted as a replacement for not only previous versions of the USB but also other standards like Thunderbolt and DisplayPort. Currently you can also enable USB-C connectivity with your existing 3.5 mm audio headphones, headset, speakers, or microphone.
Which Devices Use USB Type C?
Some devices for example wireless mice, keyboards, speakers, and smart home devices, either currently do, or could in the future, offer USB Type C ports, both for power delivery and data transfer. USB 3.1 is rapidly starting to appear on storage devices ranging from flash drives to external hard drives. These are some of the phones that use USB Type C cable version: RealMe X, Samsung Galaxy M-Series, Samsung Galaxy A-Series, Redmi Note 7-Series, Xiaomi Mi A2, Xiaomi Mi A2, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 5.1 Plus.
Advantages of USB Type C
- Most USB Type C ports are built on the USB 3.1 data-transfer standard
- Delivers data speeds of up to 10Gbps. This is twice as fast as USB 3.0
- The power output is 20 Volt (V), 5 Amp (A). This is greater than USB 3.0 which is only 5V and 1.8A
- The power is bi-directional. Apart from being able to charge a peripheral device, the USB Type C can also charge a host device. This means one solution operates all your devices.
- Both ends have host reversible plug orientation. The plug can be inserted on either end and it works. This removes the frustration that you may encounter when trying to insert the plug.
- USB Type-C ports can also support a variety of different protocols using “alternate modes,” which allows you to have adapters that can output HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, or other types of connections from that single USB port.
The Type-C USB is designed to be future-proof and will adapt very well to new technological advancement. The design can be used as leverage for future USB versions. This USB is making waves on the newer MacBooks and some mobile devices. Important to note is that it is not an Apple or mobile phone only technology. As time goes by, USB Type C will appear in more and more devices of all types.