Yes, it’s true, USB 4 cables are on the way! When you need one for your devices – probably not. Here’s why.
USB4 is already being hyped as the fastest USB connection of all-time and highly adaptable, beyond anything prior iterations of the USB standard have accomplished. USB4 has promised to adopt many of the features and technologies included in the Thunderbolt standard. First announced in March, 2019, a full breakdown of USB4 has not yet been published however mid-2019 we are expecting to find out more about what’s on the table from this evolving technology.
For as much hype as USB4 is receiving, will you really need to buy one to get the best performance from your devices – absolutely not. Although USB4 is backwards-compatible, USB-C is also backwards-compatible. USB-C is also reversible ensuring it can sync and charge any device, which is part of the reason it’s being favored by Apple who are in process of switching out their Thunderbolt ports for USB-C. If you’re serious about optimizing your USB connection, go for any USB Type-C cables instead of waiting and forking over any extra dough for USB4.
USB4’s estimated release date is assumed for late summer 2020 although nothing is known about an exact date. The most acclaimed feature it is set to include in speed of connection. USB 3.2 standard transfers up to 20 gigabits per second. USB4 will double this capability up to 40 gigabits per second. The speed of USB4 will match Thunderbolt 3’s capacity.
USB4 or USB-C.
USB4 and USB-C cables are not mutually exclusive. USB4 standard is in fact being built around USB-C connections. Therefore, a USB4 cable will in fact be a USB-C cable. You’ll be able to enjoy charging and power delivery up to 100 watts. In combination with its fast performance, this all makes the USB4 standard able to handle up to two 4K displays or a single 5K display across one connector.
A single port type.
A last advantage with USB4, which is something already seen with USB-C connections, is that the USB standard’s finally moving towards a single port type. No longer will consumers be buying a USB cable only to find out it’s the “wrong one”. If all USB cables are using the identical port, it creates a situation where one cable will work across all devices.
Buy your USB Type-C cables today from PrimeCables, and equip yourself with USB’s most advanced consumer cable.