One Port to Rule Them All
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Director, Consumer Marketing | Chris is the ring leader for the SanDisk mobile lifestyle blog. Chris has led marketing for industry leading products in personal cloud storage, peripherals, video games and apps. He has a passion for live music, coaching and tv dramas – Game of Thrones is his favorite. He’ll make sure the content is fresh and relevant.

Imagine packing for this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with a big vacation on the Mediterranean afterward. Got your phone charger? Tablet charger? Power cable for your laptop? Or a cable in case you need to connect your phone, or your tablet, to your laptop? Or the right one to connect an external drive? What about your digital camera? What if you want to plug something into the TV?

If the previous paragraph induced spasms of stress, never fear, there’s a solution on the way. After exhausting years of device makers using power and data ports as toeholds for market share — and the only real loser being the consumer — there’s a new standard riding into town that big names like Apple and Google have already put into their devices.

USB Type-C (or USB-C) is here. As Gizmodo wrote early last year about the upcoming open USB standard: “As someone who’s perpetually drowning in a sea of proprietary cables for about a bazillion separate gadgets, I’ve never been so excited about a port.” SanDisk already has you covered for USB Type-C and this week at the Mobile World Congress other giants are unveiling their offerings. Ars Technica says LG may have built the “most innovative” phone at MWC this year, a device anchored by a USB Type-C port. Huawei released a tablet-with-keyboard called the Matebook, also rocking USB Type-C. Despite the rumors, Samsung held off on USB Type-C for the Galaxy S7 and stay with a micro-USB port,but the phone does have a 360-degree camera and will bundle with a VR headset. (Sometimes it’s too much to tick all the boxes for the future in one device.)

But in the very near future you will just need a single cable connector, whether you’re juicing up or transferring data. The 24-pin connector is already in the MacBook and Chromebook Pixel. Ubiquity isn’t the only reason for excitement. USB Type-C ports are quite small so devices can keep shrinking and thinner. And the USB Type-C connector is the same on either side so no figuring out which end is up. It’s fast for both charging power (100 watts) and data transfer (10 Gbps) — and doesn’t slow if you need to do both at the same time. It’s backwards compatible and so like any new port, in the short term you will need an adaptor to bridge between your old USB cables.

But still, imagine packing for that trip in a couple years and you just need one accessory. We’ve already started shipping USB Type-C in our solid state drives. So we’re certainly looking forward to that vacation. No matter which devices you bring on yours, whether the gadget uses Micro USB or Type C, SanDisk will have a drive for it.

Correction: A previous version of this article mentioned the MacBook Pro when it should have been MacBook.

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About the Author

Director, Consumer Marketing | Chris is the ring leader for the SanDisk mobile lifestyle blog. Chris has led marketing for industry leading products in personal cloud storage, peripherals, video games and apps. He has a passion for live music, coaching and tv dramas – Game of Thrones is his favorite. He’ll make sure the content is fresh and relevant.



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  • 135boom

    The MacBook Pro does not have a USB Type-C connector. They have Two Thunderbolt Ports, Two USB 3 port, an HDMI port and a SD card slot.

    As for the USB Type-C, it stinks. The connection is easily damaged and its prone to getting dirty. The result, it is unreliable. In fact, I will not let my engineers use this type connection. There are better solutions out there.

    Posted: March 18, 2016 on 1:04 pm      
    • Admin at SanDisk.com

      Thanks for catching our mistake! The post has been corrected.

      Posted: March 25, 2016 on 6:19 pm      
  • Bob

    How about proofreading your article.

    Posted: March 19, 2016 on 4:27 pm      
    • Admin at SanDisk.com

      Thanks for catching our mistake! The post has been corrected.

      Posted: March 25, 2016 on 6:20 pm