The Galaxy Note 5 rumour mill has begun to heat up this week with reports that this year’s edition of the Note range will feature an Auto-Eject function for its S Pen, as well as coinciding with the delayed launch of Samsung Pay, the Korean company’s answer to Apple Pay. Today we hear that the Note 5 could also feature a Type-C USB port.
The advantages of using a Type-C USB port are that you can insert the cable more easily, there is no right or wrong side up, all you have to do is align the cable to the socket and it’s in. No more having to turn the lights on to see the socket at night. Another major advantage is that the Type-C USB socket can transfer double the amount of data than the USB 3.0 standard, 10Gbps in fact. If the Note 5 uses the same UFS 2.0 Flash Storage as seen on the Galaxy S6, then transferring data to and from the handset should be a speedy affair.
Finally, for those of us whose phones can never charge quickly enough, even with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology, it seems that the Type-C USB socket is just the ticket. Where current USB cables offer up to 5 volts and 1.8 amps, the Type-C cable offers 20 volts and 5 amps of power. That’s a pretty substantial improvement and should speed up charging time even further so long as battery technology keeps pace.
Now all we have to do is keep track of all the leaks and rumours, wait until September and see which ones Samsung confirms when it announces the Galaxy note 5 at IFA in Berlin.