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January 10, 2012

USB 3.0 coming to Tablets and Smartphones

In a fast-paced world that we’re in, speed plays a key role in the marketability of any gadget. 2011 was a year filled with major technological advancements that is geared towards getting the job done is shorter span of time.


But of all these improvements made, I think what was missing was an upgrade to the USB. The integration of USB port to cellphones goes way back 2007 and ever since then there has been little upgrades on this aspect. This led me to think that a USB 3.0 port may be a great addition to the smartphone/tablet’s arsenal.

Here are some of the things it brings to the table:

No physical difference on the port. USB 3.0 on computers bares no difference from its predecessors’ port. If this holds true for smaller gadgets like smartphones and tabs then it should still be able to keep the slim form factor that they have even after upgrading the port. Only difference is that the latter uses a thicker cable. In addition to this, USB 3.0 is backwards compatible. So you can still connect the device to any peripheral that has USB 2.0.

It offers a much faster data transfer rate compared to USB 2.0. USB 2.0′s transmission rate is at 60Mb/s while USB 3.0 rated at a whopping 596Mb/s and some sources even claims that it can go up to 600-700 Mb/s. In a nut shell, a file transfer that typically takes 20 minutes to finish on a USB 2.0 will just be more or less 5 Minutes on a USB 3.0 connection. This will come in handy especially now that USB 3.0 is becoming a standard for mid-range to high-end computers.

Note: Transfer speed will still vary from device’s specification.

It consumes less power. The technology that USB 3.0 uses allows devices to use reduced amount of energy for connections. While this may not be as useful for smartphones and tabs yet, (since when we connect our devices through USB it is charged automatically) it will definitely open more windows of possibility for these devices. The one I currently have in mind is that smartphones and tabs will then be able to connect to an external HDD (using the same principle as the USB On-The-Go) and transfer files.

Not only that it consumes lesser power, it also makes charging significantly faster. Due to its higher power output, devices with USB 3.0 can supply more power to devices. Hence if a smartphone or a tablet has a USB 3.0, it should be fully-charged at a much shorter time compared to being charged on a USB 2.0 port.

Even with these capabilities mentioned, there has been no rumor of a USB 3.0 on a smartphone or tablet. I’m thinking that this is may be due to the hardware limitation and the cost it may entail to do the upgrade. But this also may be attributed to the fact that Tech giants are wracking their brains out on getting rid of wires. And although going wireless is good, (less entanglement and allows more portability) in my opinion NOTHING BEATS A GOOD SOLID CONNECTION that wire has to offer.

I personally think that this innovation is not a long shot. In addition, given all the right circumstances, we might even see this on smartphones/ tablets this year or early next year. How about you, what do you think about integrating USB 3.0 on your smartphone/tablet?

Editor’s Note: This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor for YugaTech. He used to work as Manager at one of the top BPOs in the country. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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