Knowing Your USB and HDMI Ports

Have you ever wondered why you have so many cables at home, not knowing which one goes to which device?
​Here’s a crash course on the different types of cable ports and types!
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USB Port Types


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USB Type A
The UBS standard A connector is used on host controllers in computers and subs. The socket is designed to provide a ‘downstream/; connection and thus is very suitable for data transfers and charging. Most cables have a type A connector and multiple ports, like what you find in personal computers and power adapters.

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Mini USB
This is an old USB design and was a standard for various devices but has been phased out and replaced by the Micro USB connectors. Mini USB is usually found in MP3 players, cameras and game controllers. It is smaller than regular USB but is larger when compared to micro USB.

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Micro USB
This is the current standard for mobile and portable devices. The port is quite small and thus allows manufacturers to produce slimmer devices. Do you know that it is currently adopted by almost every manufacturer around the globe? You can find a Micro USB port on most smartphones, tablets and other household devices; however, it is increasingly being phased out by the USB Type C.

Type C
Type C is the newest USB type—a reversible cable that has high transfer rates and more power compared to the previous USB types mentioned. It is increasingly becoming the standard adopted by many manufacturers. You can find it on many laptops, phones and tablets, usually those with Android.

Our Picasso Tab comes with a USB-C port and cable, which means you can also use the cable for  other Android devices. Fun fact: The Type C cable works both ways, so no more frustration into entering the right side of the wire into the port!


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HDMI Port Types


What is an HDMI audio/video interface standard?
An HDMI input allows you to send high-definition video and audio from a source to a display, over a single cable with a moderately small connector. An HDMI has data error corrections so the next time you are watching TV, it feels like you were watching a person standing in front of you!
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HDMI Type A (Standard)
This is the most widely used HDMI cable and it is able to provide a bandwidth of 720p and 1080i resolution video.

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HDMI Type C (Mini HDMI)
A mini HDMI is usually found in DSLR cameras, high-definition camcorders and tablets. It has a smaller connector and is used for smaller sized ports. Our Tango Tab is equipped with a mini HDMI port, a USB Type A port and a Micro USB.

HDMI Type D (Micro HDMI)
The main use of a micro HDMI is essentially the same as its standard and mini counterparts, only that it supports even smaller portable devices like smartphones and tablets. Our Picasso Tab is equipped with a Micro HDMI port as well as a USB Type C port.