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It seems Samsung is wanting to be the first in the marketplace to bring a new micro-USB connector/charger which is said to bring the ability to draw 900 milliamps of current when connected to a computer versus 500 milliamps today, essentially charging the device more quickly and efficiently whilst being able to “potentially” offer far faster data rates, potentially increasing the speed of transferring music, videos, and photos to and from your phone according to The Verge.

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Ausdroid has contacted Samsung for comment, but we haven’t heard anything yet.

This measure could be a double edged sword; like Apple’s iPhone 5 which featured a new lightning power adapter which was incompatible with all previous iOS hardware, but it did offer faster charging and faster throughout to the device when syncing.

We shall await to see what the company states about the new connector/dock/charger and whether or not the connector lives up to its ability for far faster data rates with the new Galaxy Note III.

What do you think of the new micro-USB connector? Do you think Samsung has gone in the right direction or do you think they should have stuck with the current micro-USB connectors?

Source: The VergeAndroid Beat.
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David Jones

I have a number of these cables already, but no come from Samsung. All the more recent USB Portable Hard Drives I have acquire in the last 2 years, all use this format. I don’t see any issue with them. Presumably, they can use the USB 3.0 spec’s more effectively or something. I don’t see what the fuss is all about. It is obviously still an industry standard, unlike Apple’s old and new (lightning) cables, which only Apple uses.


Should hopefully fix the USB Superposition problem we all face.

Docks/chargers are often phone specific so might see it kicking through on them.
What amps do the docks/chargers pass through? do they down amp like what we see from computer USB connections.

Faster data rates are probably needed to transfer those 4k videos

Nick Tsiotinos

I don’t see the need for connecting to a computer any more. All data and updates happen wirelessly. However the faster charging is welcome.

Stephen Crisafulli

Way to make the shitfull micro usb even more painfull to use. At least its backwards compatible. Lets just hope I can keep buying phones with Wireless charging


Well unlike Apple’s new lightning connector, old micro usb cables will still work if it works the way I think it does and I already have a bunch of those cables lying around for my USB 3.0 capable hard drives anyway so it’s not a problem to me. Plus again unlike apple, it’s still some kind of industry standard instead of a propriety connector.


Good choice. No downside that im aware of.

Tomas Donovic

This frustrates me all over the web. These devices were charging at 1-2amps anyway. So many desktop motherboards supported this ages ago, and all the wall adapters are pushing this current already. I don’t see how this is a story. And still everyone is reporting it.


Android devices can’t charge at more than 500mA when a data connection is made.
Because whenever a phone detects a data connection or a PC USB port (using D+/- pins) they automatically dial down the power draw. However they can draw over 1A with from a wall charger, or from one of those high power PC USB ports but only when there is no data connection.


USB3.0 is pretty common now and afaik backwards compatible so I can now slowly gather new cables without throwing away my old. Well played Samsung I say.


At least with USB 3 the old microUSB cables can still be used, you just end up with the slower transfer speeds and charging. With the apple cable change you need buy new equipment throughout.


Old microUSB cables will work just fine in the smaller side, so it’s really a non-issue outside of USB3.0 PC charging. Nice to see someone using new standards, but USB3.0 isn’t even standard across all laptops yet so we’ll have to wait for that day first.


Remember that USB 3.0 is backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports so there shouldn’t be any problems if your computer doesn’t have any USB 3.0 ports