Best Smartphones and Tablets with USB Type-C Port [USB 2.0, 3.0 & 3.1 Support]

by Teja Chedalla 0

The USB Type-C is a new technology that makes plugging and unplugging the charging cable a hassle free action since it can be inserted in any way. If you think it the only difference between normal MicroUSB cable and the UCB Type-C cable then you are wrong. Here are few differences between them, firstly the USB Type-C comes with 100 watts and 5 Amp output that can charge not only smartphones but also laptops.

It also support displays with 4K resolution and transmits data at much higher rates when compared with normal micro USB cables. As it is newly introduced, the adoption rate was too low but we can expect more devices to be launched with Type-C port in the near future.

The Nokia N1 tablet is the device to include this new technology but it is limited only USB 2.0 speeds, the later launched Apple Macbook has only one USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 that can be used for charging, data transfer or connecting additional devices. The Chinese manufacturer LeTV brought this technology to the smartphone for the first time with the launch of Le One, Le One Pro, and Le Max devices. With the launch of OnePlus 2 it reached to the worldwide smartphone users.

Below is the list of smartphones and tablets that have featured this new USB Type-C technology:

Smartphones

As we earlier said, these are the first smartphones to include USB Type-C port which are launched by LeTV. The devices come with Aluminum body and features flagship specifications. The Le One comes with a Full HD display and is powered by Helio X 10 octa-core processor, while the Le One pro and Le Max comes with a Quad HD display and are powered by Snapdragon 810 processor.

The OnePlus which has hyped its latest smartphone as ‘2016 flagship killer’ has fallen flat after its launch. With its production problems, the company hasn’t met the demand where many of the customers haven’t received their devices. Apart from the productions issues, the device sports great specifications when with its price tag of Rs.24,999. The device introduced the USB Type-C port through the OnePlus 2 to its global smartphone users, but since it is based on USB 2.0, the device doesn’t have greater data transfer speeds nor the quick charging option.

The Lenovo backed ZUK is the first smartphone to launch with USB Type 3.0. As per the company the USB Type-C 3.0 port on ZUK Z1 can deliver transfer speeds upto 500MB/Sec which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Xiaomi Mi4c which was launched recently exclusively for Chinese smartphone is priced at around $200 and includes Snapdragon 808 processor. This is also the first smartphone from the company to include USB Type-C port. The upcoming Xiaomi Mi5 is also rumored to launch with this new technology.

Meizu has a launched a new sub-brand called PRO and the first device launched under it is the ‘Meizu Pro 5.’ This is the first smartphone from the company to launch with USB Type-C port. As of now the device will only be launched in China, but the few leaks suggest that the company is planning to launch the device in India sometime in 2016.

While all the smartphones mentioned until now are the high-end devices, but UMI which is known for manufacturing low-cost smartphones has launched a new smartphone UMI Hammer S with USB Type-C port at just $130. Apart from the USB Type-C port, the device also includes fingerprint sensor make it the most affordable device to feature both USB Type-C port and fingerprint sensor.

Qiku is a new brand that was born from the partnership between smartphone manufacturer Coolpad and Chinese software giant Qihoo 360. The company has debuted in August 2015 with the launch of Qiku Prime, Flagship, and Youth smartphones. All the three smartphones features the USB Type-C ports.

The 2015 Nexus smartphone are officially launched this week, along with many other upgrades, the inclusion of the USB Type-C port is what can be expected since Google while the Chromebook Pixel has announced that the further devices from Google will sport the USB Type-C port instead of the normal microUSB 2.0 port. The company has also announced that the charging and the data transfer speeds will see huge boost.

Until now we have seen the smartphones only with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 support, but the Lumia 950 and 950xl are world’s first smartphones to features USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 technology. We can expect great data transfer speeds and also supports quick charging. The latest Windows 10 OS has the Continuum support for connecting external monitor along with keyboard and mouse to use the smartphone as a full-fledged desktop. By using USB 3.1 the devices can offer seamless experience even after connecting a couple of devices.

Tablets

The Nokia N1  tablet is the first device that was launched after Microsoft deal. Nokia in partnership with Foxconn launched the N1 tablet in China. This is the first ever device to include USB Type-C port. With the immense popularity, the tablet was later launched in Taiwan and is also rumored to be launched in India.

Earlier this month, Asus has launched an upgraded variant of Zenpad 8.0 tablet with a model number Z580CA. Apart from the few upgrades like 4GB OF RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The main addition is  the USB Type-C Port. Like the many other manufacturers, this is the company’s first device with USB Type-C port.

Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is mad for traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @T4Teja.