CES 2012: USB 3.0 will come to tablets before the year is out

January 9, 2012

USB 3.0 is expected to be a significant upgrade on USB 2.0, with the technology able to offer data transmission up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, which is commonly used on desktops, laptops, tablets and netbooks. USB 3.0 technology will also allow users to recharge their devices much more quickly.

"What [currently] takes 15 minutes will roughly take 1 minute and 10 seconds," said Ismail, when speaking at the show.

Although this is encouraging, there are some concerns over using USB 3.0 on mobile devices, with the overall speed (10Mbps) significantly overshadowed by the technology's performance on traditional PCs (5Gbps).

Furthermore, it is believed that the adoption of the technology will have a detrimental effect on tablet battery life, which could be a deal-breaker (at least in the short term) for some tablet makers still trying to keep up with Apple's iPad.

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