Some facts about the USB Type-C ports you should know

The USB Type-C port is the successor to the micro-USB port. It will finally come to mid-range smartphones this year. Here are some interesting things about the port you might want to know:

UNUSUAL ADVANTAGES OF THE USB TYPE-C PORT

TYPE-C LOADS MUCH MORE QUICKLY

Chargers with the Type-C port are quicker across the board, and they charge your phone at 15 watts, which is much faster than the chargers using the old port. Also, it is easy on your battery.

TYPE-C CHARGES BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS

Both ends of the cable look the same, and they can do the same thing on both ends. This means that you can determine which direction the current flows. You actually need to do that, though, or else you might end up charging your charger instead of your phone. This does bring about the really helpful situation where you can charge your friend’s phone by connecting it to yours and directing the power flow

IT COPIES DATA

If you need to copy data between two smartphones, then you can use the USB Type-C cable, provided both phones have a Type-C port and run on Android Marshmallow.USB Type-C

TYPE-C CHARGES CONSISTENTLY QUICKER, BUT THERE’S A CATCH

Most Android phones now have the micro-USB port. This charges devices at 5 volts and 2 amps currently. A faster charging speed can only be achieved outside the USB specification; right now only Qualcomm Quick Charge, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge and Oppo Vooc can do that, but on certain brands too.

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The Type-C port allows for a much more powerful charging system, with a power supply of up to 100 watts using the open, royalty-free, industry-standard power delivery. This is only limited by the cable, power supply or target device. To minimize heat build-up and ageing in the electronic components, standards-compliant devices have to negotiate voltage and current with one another.

HDMI SIGNALS AND AUDIO CAN BE TRANSMITTED, TOO

USB Type-C connectors can replace other cables. These include VGA, DVI or HDMI. The Type-C pot mimics a display port, including protocol conversion. This requires the appropriate hardware and software, though.

Also, the headphone jack could be replaced by the Type-C port, too. The USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification requires digital audio transfer. As a result, the Type-C jack adapter must have a digital audio converter, which would be compatible with all your Type-C devices.

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