Micro USB vs USB Type-C: The Differences and Advantages

micro usb vs usb type-c

Micro USB used to be the standard port for all devices till USB Type-C started becoming a thing in 2017. Big companies such as Apple has widely embraced the type-C port and smartphone companies such as Samsung and OnePlus have been shipping their products with a USB-C port. This is no surprise since technology is moving forward and the USB Type-C has so many advantages over the micro USB.

This article will compare the micro USB vs USB Type-C and all you need to know about the two cable types,

The Micro USB

Developed for connecting compact and majorly mobile devices, the micro USB is a version of the Universal Serial Bus (USB) which was miniaturized. It’s known with connections for smartphones, digital cameras, mp3 players and many more portable devices.

Micro USB Types

Up till today, there have been 3 forms of the micro USB – micro A, micro B and the current which is micro USB 3. The recent version is the USB 3.1 which has been the fastest of the micro USB versions, but report says a 3.2 will be making it’s debut soon. Technically, the speed associated with it is only possible with the USB Type-C cables.

The USB Type-C

The USB Type-C specifications first surfaced online in 2014 and has a higher pin count than the USB 3.0, from 8 to 24, yet so tiny. It is the first reversible cable and supports standards like the Thunderbolt and DisplayPort.

The image below compares micro USB vs USB Type-C and shows how the ports have evolved.

micro usb vs usb type-c
image credit: Android Authority – micro USB vs USB Type-C

Comparing Micro USB vs USB Type-C

Transfer Rates

The highest speed you can get with the micro USB is 10Gbps which is found on the 3.1, however, the USB Type-C surpasses this by a considerable amount of speed. The USB-C port is compatible with Thunderbolt 3 which offers a transfer rate as high as 40Gbps, this has been embraced by Apple for its MacBook laptops.

Power Delivery

The current MacBooks are charged by a USB-C port, there is a reason Apple is using this technology. The Type-C connector can receive and deliver 100W of power which can charge computers and lots more. On the other hand, the highest power you can get with a 3.0 port is 5V,0.9A.

Macbook Pro USB Type-C charging
Apple

Reversibility and Backward Compatibility

The USB Type-C cable is reversible and fits into its port no matter what side you turn it, this is not possible with the micro-USB which is a one-way connection.

Normally, the Type-C cable is not backwards compatible but the protocol behind it is. You can’t plug a Type-C cable to older USB ports nor vice versa, but there is a way around it. USB 3.1 has backwards compatibility and with an adapter, you can connect your Type-C cable and port vice versa.

Kingston Nucleum MacBook adapter

One Port to Rule them All

The USB Type-C supports a variety of standards and different modes which makes it a great option for many technology types. It is compatible with audio and video modes and can serve as replacement for the 3.5mm audio jack and HDMI cable.

Micro USB vs USB Type-C Conclusion

Apple may be the biggest adopter so far on its MacBooks and there are indications the Type-C may replace the lightning connector for iPhones and iPads soon. The Galaxy smartphones has a Type-C charging port and the technology is expected to be widely embraced in no far time.

Related: How to Read USB Flash Drives On Your Android Device

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