Difference between USB Type C and Micro USB

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Do you have a new smartphone with USB Type C port and are you wondering what is the difference with the Micro USB port? Let's start by saying that USB Type C was released in 2014 and was joined by USB 3.1, a new version of data and energy exchange.

Here is the difference between USB Type C and Micro USB

The microscopic difference between USB Type C and Micro USB is the connector. The USB Type C connection cable has rounded sides and is reversible (the connector can be inserted both in one direction and the other), unlike the USB Type A and micro USB which can only be inserted with one of the two faces of the connector.



La USB Type C (flanked by USB 3.1) allows faster data exchange, up to 10 Gbps, compared to the previous Micro USB, based instead on USB 2.0 (480 Mbps) and 3.0 (5 Gbps) standards.

In addition, the USB Type C is able to carry up to 20V and 5 Ampere to recharge even a notebook. Charging times, in combination with dedicated technologies, are therefore faster even on smartphones.

USB Type C uses 24 pins and allows simultaneous transfer of video, audio, data and power signals in a bidirectional way. The USB Type C cable can deliver up to 100W and can also be used to recharge a notebook battery. Unfortunately this connector guarantees support for USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 3 connections but is not compatible with previous versions.



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