At the end of last year, a new USB Type-C connector was announced, and here we are with a render of what the final deal could actually look like. It is interesting to see a new variant of the USB connector appear considering how microUSB has already done its fair bit in climbing up the popularity stakes among users. Still, to have a new kind of cable architecture known as the USB Type-C is welcome, as it will be smaller than microUSB and is also reversible. This means you no longer need to worry about its orientation whenever you plug the USB Type-C cable into a compatible port.
Slides from a presentation at the IDF conference in China did point to the possible make up of a USB Type-C cable, where the renders hail from the folks over at Foxconn, and in the slides, it is rather clear that the design is not finalized, so whatever we see hit the market some time down the road could end up being a very different beast.
The USB 3.1 Type C 04 Render has an opening that is a mere 8.3mm wide and 2.5mm tall, where it sports a similar design to the Lightning cable from Apple. To make sure that it remains in step with USB 3.1 specifications, transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps are supported, making it nearly double that of the common speeds found in USB 3.0.