Dec 04 AT 2:28 PM Dima Aryeh 16 Comments

Next gen USB 3.1 connector will be reversible, smaller than USB 3.0


The biggest problem with USB ports is that they have three sides. Two sides that don’t work and one that does. This is proven fact. Apple figured it out with the Lightning connector, which is reversible and can be put in any way. It’s basically foolproof, while standard micro USB connectors make the smartest of us look like fools at times.

Samsung has adopted the USB 3.0 standard with the new micro USB 3.0 connector, which is quite large and occasionally inconvenient. While I love the idea of pushing technology forward, isn’t making a micro USB connector twice the size a little backwards? The USB Promotor group now seems to think so, and has announced the USB 3.1 Type-C connector. It will be fast, with a 10 Gbps connection, but will be as small as the original USB 2.0 Micro-B connector. As a bonus, it’ll also be reversible!

While there won’t be any backwards compatibility with this new connector, it’s a worthy sacrifice for a much improved cable. I can’t wait to see devices starting to use it, though that may not come for a while. What do you think of your favorite Android manufacturer adopting a reversible USB standard? Leave a comment!


Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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