Would You Like a Side of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 with Your Smartphone and Tablet?

Paul Lilly

You knew it would only be a matter of time before SuperSpeed USB 3.0 connectivity arrived on smartphones and tablets, and that time is coming. Not tomorrow, not next week, and not even next month, unfortunately. But by the end of the year or early next year, USB 3.0-enabled handsets will begin to trickle out, the USB Implementers Forum said at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The announcement came from Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB standards setting organization, according to PCWorld . USB 3.0 ports will bring faster transfer speeds between between mobile devices and host machines, likely in the neighborhood of 100MB/s, or about 800Mbps.

"What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds," Ismail said.

Those transfer numbers don't come close to the potential USB 3.0 has on PCs, and that's because the spec requires more power than USB 2.0, a necessity that doesn't always jibe with mobile devices.

"It's not the failure of USB per se, it's just that in tablets they are not looking to put the biggest, fastest things inside a tablet," Ismail clarified.

The addition of USB 3.0 on smartphones and tablets will also lead to those devices recharging faster.

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