USB 3.0 arriving to mobile devices by end-2012: faster charging, transfer speeds of up to 800Mbps

USB 3.0 arriving to mobile devices by end-2012: faster charging, transfer speeds of up to 800Mbps
Ever wondered why (micro)USB 3.0 ports haven’t yet arrived on smartphones and tablets? The bigger power drain might be one of the reasons, but what matters is that the higher-speed USB 3.0 standard will land on mobile devices by the end of 2012 or in early 2013, the USB Implementers Forum said at CES.

Both smartphones and tablets will get microUSB 3.0 ports but sadly the speeds will be a far-cry from the 5Gbps promised in the raw specification. On mobile devices, you’re more likely to get speeds around 800 megabits per second. 

"What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds," Rahman Ismail said of the USB Implementers Forums explained. The current USB 2.0 specification allows for much lower speeds.

Battery charging will also be much faster with the new standard. The new standard will be back-compatible with USB 2.0.

As to the future, the USB organization is looking to make the size of the port even smaller, as we see that all technology is shrinking in size and the USB port might be one barrier on that way of miniaturization.

source: PCWorld

Image courtesy of Maximum PC



1. droidnator

Posts: 93; Member since: Mar 10, 2011

Faster battery charging... Mmm, nice! And when they find a way to improve battery life for high-end Androids, that will be a winning combo!

2. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Both USB 3.0 and thunderbolt, would be a leap for mobile devices

3. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Funny as it is am getting 18 hrs on my desire hd with miui

4. squeeb

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Good. I'm sick of USB 2 charging speeds.

5. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

my sgs2 epic 4g touch got bout 10 hrs of heavy usage on 2.3.6 before it broke :( now i got to wait on my income tax from my parents before i can get it fixed

6. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Shorter charging time is welcome news!

7. baaam

Posts: 61; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

WOW!! 2012 is looking good!! Improve battery life then fast charging!! FTW!!!

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Expect this is galaxy s3,new htc models and pretty much all top android trend setter phones this year,great news for everyone

9. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I would think the speed benefit with USB 3 would save on battery life. They state that USB 3 uses more power, but to transfer data at 15 minutes on USB 2 versus 1 minute on USB 3, one would think the battery savings would still be there due to the short time frame. Here is to hoping the i5 has it ...

10. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1778; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

im still waiting for wireless charging :)

11. irfanil

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

This is March, 2013. Why is there no device with USB 3.0? :(

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