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USB 3.0 Is Coming to Smartphones and Tablets

Thursday, January 12, 2012
By the end of 2012 smartphones and tablet devices will support a USB 3.0-based microUSB connector, which will allow speedier data transfer than the current USB 2.0 standard.

USB 3.0 theoretically allows for data transfer rates of around 625 MB/s, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0, whose maximum data transfer speed is 60 MB/s. The USB 3.0 transfer speed on mobile devices won’t be that fast, because the power requirements for those speeds are unsuitable for mobile devices, but it will be much faster than now. For example the file that used to take 15 minutes to transfer will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds.

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets will also recharge more quickly through USB 3.0. 

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