Tablets and smartphones to get USB 3.0 in 2012
It looks as though the perennial problem of waiting ages to sync large amounts of music and videos to smartphones and tablets could be drawing to a close. At the CES 2012 tech show, the group in charge of the industry standard connection has announced the faster USB 3.0 version will become available on smartphones and tablets in 2012.
What is USB 3.0?
USB 3.0, also known as SuperSpeed USB, is the latest version of the USB connection standard. It’s been available on laptops and PCs for over a year, but has yet to appear on smaller mobile devices.
USB 3.0 is considerably faster than USB 2.0 – the most common version available today. On paper USB 3.0 is around 10 times faster, and though the difference isn’t quite as pronounced in everyday use, what would normally take 15 minutes to transfer on USB 2.0 should take slightly over a minute on USB 3.0.
USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt
Mac users will be familiar with Thunderbolt, a new connection standard developed by Intel and Apple. It’s even faster than USB 3.0 and is currently available on some Mac computers and also a few Windows laptops. For more on how they compare, visit our guide on Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 explained.
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