Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 27 September 2013 05:11

EU wants standard charger for all phones

Written by Peter Scott

Guess what, it’s not Lightning

The European Union has been trying to force phonemaker to adopt a single charging standard for ages and most companies have already done so. Over the past five years micro USB has become the de facto standard, not only in Europe, but across the world.

However, although nearly all phones now feature a micro USB connector, iPhones do not. Older models use the 30-pin connector, while the 5-series has the new Lightning connector. It is of course possible to get a 30-pin to USB or Lighting to USB adapter, but this is hardly an elegant solution on more than one level.

On Thursday the European Parliament’s internal market and consumer protection committee voted to adopt a single standard for smartphones and tablets. The committee now has to get its resolution approved by the European Council and then by the European Parliament.

There are a number of clear advantages to having a single standard. It would cut down on e-waste, eliminate unnecessary costs and make people’s lives a bit easier. Rather than having three chargers for i.e. a tablet, phone and camera, it would be very convenient to have a single one.

However, it should be noted that mobile devices are evolving at such a pace that old chargers are practically obsolete already, since they lack the power to charge new devices in any sensible amount of time. Many phones now ship with batteries over 2000mAh, while high-end tablets feature 10000mAh power packs, yet the first micro USB chargers were designed with much smaller devices in mind, so they could take hours to fully charge a high-end phone or tablet.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments