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USB 3.0 Coming to Tablets, Smartphones in 2012

The organisation that manages the USB specification has claimed that USB 3.0 will be coming to smartphones and tablet devices by the end of 2012.

According to PC World, USB Implementers Forum said during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that microUSB ports supporting USB 3.0 technology will come fitted in smartphones and tablet devices in 2012.

Rahman Ismail, chief technology officer of the USB Implementers Forum informed that data transfers between mobile devices and host devices like personal computers will be done at greater speeds. USB 3.0 is capable of data transfer speeds of up to 800 megabytes per second.

Usually, USB 3.0 is capable of data transfers at much higher speeds between PCs and compatible storage devices compared to tablets and smartphones. The speed is less in mobile devices because implementing full speeds in these devices will affect the battery life of the mobile devices.

"It's not the failure of USB per se, it's just that in tablets they are not looking to put the biggest, fastest things inside a tablet. We're coming out with new specs, new areas where we will make it very power efficient, power friendly" Ismail said.