Are USB-C Cables All the Same?

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The USB-C connector is increasingly appearing on more and more of our devices, and that potentially means great things for the future of device connectivity. Wouldn’t it be dandy to use the same USB-C cable to connect your phone, computer, and other peripherals?

Are All USB-C Cables the Same?

No, not all USB-C cables are equal.

USB-C stands for the shape and type of connector, which is the same for all USB-C cables but not all cables support the same kind of protocols and transfer speeds.

A USB-C cable could support the following specifications:

1) USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
2) USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
3) USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps)
4) Thunderbolt 3 (20Gbps)
5) Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps)

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USB C cables run at different speeds measured in bits per second. These include:
  • USB 2.0
    • 480 Mbps (megabits per second)
  • USB 3.0
    • 5 Gbps (gigabits per second)
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1
    • 5 Gbps
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2
    • 10 Gbps

Compatibility With:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note/S series: Note9/Note8/Note7/Note FE/S10/S9/S8
  •  Samsung Galaxy A series: A60/A51/A50/A42/A41/A40/A32/A31/A30/A21/A20/A12/A11/A9/A8/A02S
  •  Samsung Galaxy M/F series: M42/M40/M31/M30/M21/M20/M12/M11/F12/F02s/F41
  • Samsung Galaxy series: Tab S6/Tab S5e/ Tab Active Pro/Fold/Z Flip
  •  Motorola Moto G Stylus/Moto G Power/Moto G Fast/Moto G Play/Moto G50/Edge
  •  LG V50/V40/G7/G6/G5/V30/V20/W41/W31/W11

USB C Cable Does Not Support High-Speed Charging for The Following Devices:

  • Samsung Galaxy A series: A90/A80/A72/A71/A70/A52/A Quantum
  • Samsung Galaxy Note/S series:Note20/Note10/S21/S20/S10 Lite/S10 5G
  • Samsung Galaxy M/F series:M62/M51/M31s/F62
  • LG series:V60 ThinQ/G8 ThinQ/Wing 5G/Velvet/K92
  • Google series:Pixel 5/Pixel 4a/Pixel 4/Pixel 3a/Pixel 3