The Basic Difference between a Micro USB Cable and a USB C Standard USB 3.1 Cable can be detected mainly by the physical construction of Pin and functionality.
Most Mobile Phone and Electronics Devices Manufacturers Have Today Moved into the production of the USB type C for their devices.
This is a major move away from the Micro USB port/cable
USB which stands for Universal Serial Bus was developed for establishing a connection between two devices for data transfer and charging simultaneously
To simplify all of this, our Android phone / Apple iPhone / laptops or Bluetooth speaker has a USB cable.
One end of the cable has a common standard that is USB type A that fits into a laptop and the other end contains another USB Port which is small in size that fits in compare to USB A called Micro USB or USB type fits in your devices like mobile phones
In Micro USB cable or USB Type C 3.1 Cable, USB A is a most common port and used as a second side of the cable that connects with charging adapter or laptops or your computer
USB A mainly has two types first “USB 2.0” and second “USB 3.0”
for basic understanding let’s say USB 2.0 has 4 pins and USB 3.0 has 5 pins because of that USB 3.0 is faster in charging and data transfer as well as expansive
USB 2.0 standard is the most commonly used for USB A Because of its low price and very much similar functionality
Moving back to the second part of your cable USB Type C is becoming more famous in Bharat (India) because of the feature it offers in a very low increase of price (in comparison to Micro USB Cable)
What are the types of USB?
There are many types of USB we will speak about the most popular types and they are A, B, and type C and each one of type A,B there are two types: mini USB type A, B, and micro USB type A, B, and there is another type called micro USB 3.0. We will speak about micro USB vs USB type C and what is the advantages for all of them.
Micro USB type A:
This type is one of the most common types, It allowed the manufacturers to produce slimmer devices. It can be found in many devices like mobile phones, cameras. This connector contains five pins inside as you can see in the picture above. this type appeared frequently on many Android devices.
what are the features of this type?
- slimness feature allowed companies to produce slimmer devices.
- This type is not interchangeable it means that you can’t use the USB type unless the device that had connected is matching the connection type of the connector.
- This type supports OTG(On The Go) feature that gives the permissions to smartphone devices to read other devices like flash memories and hard drives.
it supports the high-speed rate of transferring about 480 Mbps, It provides 500mA. In terms of speed, there is a second edition of this type called micro USB 3.0 type A it has extra 5 pins to support the speed. This edition support speed of about 5Gbps it is a super speed data transfer, It provides 900mA, This type can be recognized either from the blue color inside or from the “ss” logo that is written on the face as you can see in the picture down below.
This type is sensitive it means you should be careful while using it in order not to make any damage to the pins.
Micro USB type B:
Type B is similar to the previous one, It had been manufactured to make the new devices slimmer with the ability to connect to the computers and hubs. It also holds 5 pins and supports OTG(on the go) feature
is the speed the same to type A?
the speed is same, As well as type A this type support high-speed data transfer (5 Gbps) with the edition of USB 3.0 type B it is also with 5 pins extra and it accepts the micro B type connector.
what is the main difference from type A?
There is a small difference in the shape of the connectors as you can see in the picture. It is not a rectangular shape.
USB Type C (USB C Standard):
Now we will speak about the newest USB connector that has been found in 2014. This USB type is the new generation of USB. you can see this type of USB in most new Samsung mobile devices. we can notice that many laptops are produced today with Type C USB ports. In USB type C the number of pins increased up to 24 pins.
what are the features of USB type C?
- High power flow.
- Allowing fast charge for your mobile.
- It can be used on both host ports and devices.
- Reversible designed(No need for wondering if you are inserting the cable in the right direction).
- Although it has 24 pins still slim.
- supporting various types of data like the video(HDMI), audio(many microphones).
- still slim although there is 24 pin inside.
- power delivery (you can charge a laptop within the type C USB port)
So what about the speed and power?
It is more speed than others mentioned types of USB, it’s super-speed it can transmit data up to 10 Gbps(Double of USB 3.0) with PD(power delivery) up to 20V, 5A(100W) to support the fast charging and variety data transferring.
Here are the basic advantages of USB Type C Cable / Port (over Micro USB Cable)
- Faster Charging of your electronic devices like Android Devices / Apple Macbook / Cameras / BT speakers / other gadgets
- Faster Data Transmission / Transfer between two devices
- Reversible Connector of USB Type C so you can connect your phones without fear of breaking your charging port
- Small in Shape
- Power Delivery up to 100W
- And USB Type C port is becoming the most common port in every device
Basic Comparison Table:
Comparison USB-micro USB (B)Introduced 20142007Designed for tablet & SmartphoneCamera & SmartphoneDimension8.4 x 2.6 mm8.5 mm x 1.8 mmSpeedUp to 10 Gb/s (USB 3.0)Up to 480 Mb/s (USB 2.0)Max cable length3 M (9.8 ft)5 M (16.4 ft)Max power20 Volts, 100 Watts2 Volts, 60 WattsPIN connector 24
Symmetrical Yes No
Micro USB VS USB type C which one will win?
we can make a small comparison between micro USB and type C and then we will
|Shape||Micro USB types more slimmers than type C.|
|Speed||of course, type C is faster than micro USB types.|
|Price||Micro USB chipper than type C.|
|Power||Type C winning here of course with providing high power.|
|Using||type C is reversible so it’s easier to use than micro types.|
|Charging||USB type C is faster than micro USB in terms of charge.|
for sure people would like to choose the most flexible, Easier, Faster, Even if it is a little bit expensive, but still there are many features in type C put it at the top.
if you are going to buy a phone go for a USB Type C phone as well as laptops and other devices (in present time phone over 9000 INR comes with a USB Type C Port)
And also manufacturers are preferring USB C Standard over the Micro USB and USB C Standard is taking over the mobile phone market in India
in the near future, the micro USB port will vanish from the Indian phone market.
Also Read: Best micro USB cables on Amazon under Rs 500
Frequently Asked Questions
Up to 480Mbps
Depends totally upon mobile adapter and charging speed capacity, the maximum speed is around 120 watt
USB Type C Charger Cable is used for data transfer and high-speed charging