A new type of USB connector has been needed since Apple unveiled the Lightning connector. The thing that’s great about that, other than speed, is the reversible shape - it plugs in either way up. The current micro-USB is annoying as it can only go one way up. That’s where Type-C comes in.
The Type-C USB connector will be smaller and reversible. That means it should usher in a new wave of devices that are also smaller. So slimmer phones, tablets and laptops could be just around the corner.
USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders says the Type-C will “meet evolving design trends in terms of size and usability”.
Alex Peleg of Intel says: “Type C will enable an entirely new super-thin class of devices from phones to tablets, to 2-in-1s, to laptops to desktops. This new industry standards-based thin connector delivering data, power and video is the only connector one will need across all devices.”
Fear not those who don’t want to upgrade immediately, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group will include a specification for adapters and cables for backwards compatibility. But USB is changing and Type-C is the future for all the Android army out there.
The only thing that hasn’t been mentioned is speed. But we’re hoping both data transfer and speed of charging will also improve with the Type-C integration. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features the latest USB 3.0 connector (pictured above) which offers 80 per cent faster charging - here’s hoping Type-C steps it up even further.