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USB Type C Vs Micro USB: What Are the Differences?

Many producers have moved into the production of USB type C for their smartphones. By this comes an excess of fresh advancements and changes. One of the most pleasant and biggest changes in the new cable is the fact that you can plug in the cable on either side. That is you will not have to spend much time trying to find the correct way to insert the cable, especially in darkness.

The difference between Micro USB or type B and USB type C can easily be detected mainly by the functions and some minor aspects of the physical structure.

USB (Universal Serial Bus) was developed as a way to join connection cables between devices to allow transfer of data or information, energy to charge the devices they are connected to. To make things easier, your smartphones or Bluetooth speaker has a USB cable. On one end of this cable, there is a standard USB type A that can fit into your laptop, and the other end contains another USB which is smaller in size that fits into your mobile or speaker.

USB Type C

USB Type C

For starters, as regards design, the new USB type C appears to have a slightly bigger size than micro USB. The type C looks to be more circular throughout compared with the Micro USB cable. As a result of its oblong reversible shape, you can plug the USB type C any way you prefer without having to stew over which side is up.

The standard exploits USB 3.1 & 3.0 data transfer speeds as well as a higher throughput capability to enable fast charge, coupled with transfer rates that lies within the range, 5–10Gbps. The USB type has the capability to deliver as much as 100W of power, which is enough to charge a laptop and some other devices of this sort. Apple already employs the type C on their Macbooks.

Having said that, you may see USB 2.0 type C cables more frequently. The type C also provides faster wire transfer and offers a power output of 20V (100 watts of power); which is remarkable since a laptop need about 65W of power that could massively outwit chargers of laptops, thereby making them a tool that is no longer needed.

Micro USB

Micro USB

Type A standard is the USB end, rectangular in shape, connecting to a laptop/, printer, charger head, and so on. The type B micro USB is the other end. Other than the newer class of phones, the majority of devices come with a 2.0 micro USB. This connector only has the capability of going in one way and is designed with 2 hooks at the bottom section that are used for holding the cable in place. Micro USB emerged as the industry standard and did not take long to replace the various type B connectors, such as the much older Samsung and Nokia’s proprietary connectors. Naturally, the Apple iPhone is shipped with its own cables.

As earlier stated, micro USB is typically offered as 2.0 variant; however, Samsung and other phone makers have produced devices with a more modern 3.0 micro USB. That’s quite a rarity, though.

Wrapping up

On the other hand, the micro USB connector is a small form factor variant of the standard Type-B connector. The Type-B is engineered as the USB (Universal Serial Bus) interface or port on the device or peripheral side.  The type-c connector is an all-in-one reversible symmetric connector, which is made for host, peripheral as well as devices. This standard Type-C has a bigger size than micro USB, and 24 pins are symmetrically arranged in the tool.

Tijani Mustapha
Tijani Mustapha
Tijani Mustapha Adedeji is a Senior Tech Writer on Phonecorridor. He has a strong flair for gadgets and tech-related developments around the globe. Deji, based in Lagos, Nigeria, is an avid reader, who loves meeting people.