USB 3.0 to appear on smartphones by end of 2012

USB 3.0 ports started appearing in greater numbers on PC desktops and laptops in 2011. However, smartphones and tablets still have the much slower and older USB 2.0 ports. That means that users couldn't take advantage of the new and faster USB 3.0 ports to transfer files at a faster speed. Now PCWorld.com reports that USB 3.0 ports are slated to appear on new smartphones and desktops but it's going to take a while.

During a forum held at CES 2012 on Sunday, Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum, said that USB 3.0 would start appearing on smartphones at tablets by the end of 2012. That means that the first USB 3.0 supported smartphone is still several months to almost a year away.

On the PC, USB 3.0 is capable of data speeds that can reach, in theory, 5 Gbps. Even though a smartphone with a USB 3.0 will have data speeds that will be faster than the current 2.0 port, they won't be able to reach the speeds of the PC version. The limit for the smartphone speed will be about 800 Mpbs.

Even with that speed limit, it will still be a lot faster to transmit data over USB 3.0 smartphone and tablet connections. Ismail says, "What takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds." In addition, power recharge rates will also take less time over a USB 3.0 smartphone connection.

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TechieXP said,
I rather have USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt, because Apple will likely jack-up the iPhone cost to cover TB.

Yea, maybe like... what? 5-10 bucks? BLIMEY!

Also: TB > USB3, as you actually can have USB3 >in< TB, but not vice versa.
Yo dawg, I heard you like USB3, so I put you USB3 in TB so you can USB while you TB...

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

Yea, maybe like... what? 5-10 bucks? BLIMEY!

Also: TB > USB3, as you actually can have USB3 >in< TB, but not vice versa.
Yo dawg, I heard you like USB3, so I put you USB3 in TB so you can USB while you TB...

GS:mac

Would prefer USB3 over Thunderbolt as well. IMO it is likely that third party accessories will be cheaper using USB over Thunderbolt due to licensing etc.

kizzaaa said,

Would prefer USB3 over Thunderbolt as well. IMO it is likely that third party accessories will be cheaper using USB over Thunderbolt due to licensing etc.


I'm actually referring to using USB3 adaptors with real jacks, not a virtually created USB3 profile transmitted via Thunderbolt, which I assume is what you actually mean, no?

GS:mac

Here we go again with the 2012 crap. It is 2012 people, its not some significant year that's years from now... It is the present year... THIS YEAR, not 2012...

John needs to learn that John doesn't sound right when John doesn't simply say "this year", John always refers to 2012 as 2012 a lot like I'm not using the word "he" right now... John needs to learn proper speaking English.

A year from now, when someone looks at this news post, and sees it says "...by end of this year" they'll think 2013, and not 2012, because a lot of people won't look at the date the article was posted. Putting "...by the end of 2012" is not wrong.

Sionic Ion said,
Here we go again with the 2012 crap. It is 2012 people, its not some significant year that's years from now... It is the present year... THIS YEAR, not 2012...

John needs to learn that John doesn't sound right when John doesn't simply say "this year", John always refers to 2012 as 2012 a lot like I'm not using the word "he" right now... John needs to learn proper speaking English.

But... The world is going to end this year, so it might as well be "years from now"...

Sionic Ion said,
Here we go again with the 2012 crap. It is 2012 people, its not some significant year that's years from now... It is the present year... THIS YEAR, not 2012...

John needs to learn that John doesn't sound right when John doesn't simply say "this year", John always refers to 2012 as 2012 a lot like I'm not using the word "he" right now... John needs to learn proper speaking English.

You complain about proper speaking English and yet you seem to have thrown all punctuation out the window with overuse of the full stop. John says 2012 three times; once as the title, once as part of CES and once on its own. What's wrong with saying 2012 as opposed to this year, plenty of articles stated 2011 so chill the hell out.

Cool, but I don't see the need for USB3.0 on a mobile device. Most of us live "wirelessly", except when we have to charge.

FMH said,
Cool, but I don't see the need for USB3.0 on a mobile device. Most of us live "wirelessly", except when we have to charge.


Dunno about most. Just being able to plug in and transfer is easiest for me... and with 3.0 speeds will be much better. +1 for the quicker recharge now too.

no-sweat said,


Dunno about most. Just being able to plug in and transfer is easiest for me... and with 3.0 speeds will be much better. +1 for the quicker recharge now too.

Yeah, I like the quicker recharge news. I hadn't thought of that honestly until it was mentioned here. +1

FMH said,
Cool, but I don't see the need for USB3.0 on a mobile device. Most of us live "wirelessly", except when we have to charge.

Faster has no drawback, but will allow faster syncing to Zune or iTunes along with faster updates (as the major updates require full backup, firmware update, restore). Now that USB 3.0 is in the wild all devices should start to use it by default, they just should

FMH said,
Cool, but I don't see the need for USB3.0 on a mobile device. Most of us live "wirelessly", except when we have to charge.

I recorded a 20 min video on my iPhone 4S (@ 1080p) -- the file size was over 3GB and took 15 minutes to upload via USB2. USB3 would have provided much faster speeds.