Despite the promised benefits, it is difficult to find smartphones with USB-C, no? But, as it depends upon some industry giants, such door will not be long to be standard on mobile devices and other devices. Intel is on this team. The company believes until the USB-C to replace the 3.5 mm connectors (also known in Brazil as P2 or, if there is contact microphone, P3) that we use to connect headphones.
The USB-C is reversible (the connector has no right or wrong side), compact (fits in even the finest mobile phones) and when used with the USB 3.1 standard, can offer up to 10 gigabits per second data transfer, as well to support up to 100 watts for power supply.
With so many advantages, the USB-C seems to be the ideal type of connection to smartphones, tablets and the like. But so far, the movement for the standard in mobile devices has been weak. The LG G5 is an exception because it already includes the connector. There were expectations that devices like Galaxy S7 and the new line Xperia X also have USB-C port, but is not the case.
It is likely that the main reason (but not only) to delay the adoption of USB-C, according to printerhall, even in high-end devices, is the perceived lack of viability: implementation costs still seem to be higher than expected . Moreover, users have to adapt to the new idea of using cables and possibly adapters.
But for Intel, these limitations are temporary. The USB-C even have a promising future in view of the company. The proposal to use the standard in place of traditional P2 connectors is sign it. The idea was recently presented at an event for developers held in China.
What Is the Need That?
If P2 or P3 connectors work well and are widely used, why abandon them? Intel believes that with the USB-C, we can get more out of headsets that offer superior audio quality. Because this type of door also provides electricity, it would be possible to use headphones that incorporate equalization systems or noise cancellation, for example, without these devices require integrated battery.
There’s more: sensors for various purposes (an end sensor for healthcare applications, for example) could be installed on the headphones and send real-time data to your smartphone or PC from your own USB connection.
Another noted benefit is the best use of the internal space of the apparatus. Devices like Pressy allow you to add functions to 3.5mm smartphones connections, but the overwhelming majority of users only use them for a single purpose: to connect headphones. The removal of P2 could then make room for certain types of chips or even for the battery, which would help make the finest smartphones (although we, as consumers, we are not concerned about it).
Not least, Intel is working on a technology called USB Type-C Digital Audio whose specifications will be finalized in the second half of this year. With it will be easier to manage the power consumption of audio devices based on USB-C, configure them and allow them to communicate with other devices.
To some extent, the 3.5 mm connection has been improved This type of connector is used for decades and, over the years, gained contacts to microphones and even programmable features (this is what allows the Pressy is used). The problem is that, with respect to audio transmissions remain completely analog.
For many people this is no problem. But the industry believes that digital transmissions can improve the user experience. Anyway, Intel points out that the USB-C can also transmit analog audio.
Of course, such a change is not without drawbacks. To begin, you will need to buy new headphones if you want to listen to music on your smartphone. If you prefer to use older phones, you will need to use adapters. Manufacturers can even offer them as a gift, even so, it is an accessory to more load.
I imagine this is not a very common habit, but there are people who listen to music or perform another task with audio while charging the phone. I’ve done it myself while reloading the device on a bus trip. In situations like this, you can not use headphones if the device does not have 3.5mm jack.
Bit by Bit
At least for now, everything is a proposal that still needs to be polished. No information about the beginning of this transition, nor is it known how this process will be conducted – is each manufacturer itself or the whole industry will act together?
What is known is that, given the drawbacks mentioned, the idea is to make the USB-C port take the space of 3.5 mm to a few connectors, as was done in the migration of the VGA video connector for DVI and later to HDMI.
It is also too early to say that this change will even happen, but know that the chances are not small: in addition to Intel, Huawei already thinking about replacing the P2 USB-C;already Leeco, Chinese brand that manufactures bicycles to mobile devices, recently announced three smartphones with this proposal.
According to some rumors, Apple is also that, except that there the idea is a little different: replacing the 3.5 mm connector for the Lightning port.
You can be sure that the path will not be easy. There have been attempts to replace the traditional audio connector, but none worked. The Intel itself has come to do this: the first generation of compact PCs NUC did not have this type of connector. The company had to change his mind in the successor models.
The reason for such resistance is somewhat obvious: everyone is familiar with the P2 / P3. The arguments of Intel (and other companies) in defense of change no longer valid, but the connector 3.5 mmatende the needs of the vast majority of users, so many people do not see reasons to exchange it for another technology .
Outside the concern about costs is no exaggeration: USB-C cables and connectors are more complex, so we can expect even more expensive phones based on the technology that the good old 3.5mm headphones.