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Yes, the Galaxy Note 3 has a MicroUSB 3.0 Port

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You probably noticed an extra-large USB port on the bottom the Galaxy Note 3 in both our initial hands-on and today’s unboxing. In case you were wondering, yes, that is a microUSB 3.0 port. The benefits are pretty simple – you can charge faster while being connected to a computer (900mA output), and also transfer data to and from your phone at faster speeds. That’s pretty much it. 

Also, you can still charge and transfer data using a regular microUSB 2.0, you’ll just more than likely want to take advantage of the faster speeds when possible. But in case you are in a pinch and only have a regular microUSB cable, you’ll still be fine.

If you buy the Note 3, you’ll get one of these cables in the box, but places like Amazon are selling them for as cheap as $5.

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  • http://www.SMCpros.com/ Dan Antonson

    I bought a Note 3, holy man does it charge fast with USB 3. I can go from 20% to 100% in about an hour on the charge.

    Now if only I could find where to buy extra USB 3 chargers and cables…

    And yes, the USB 2.0 mini’s still work with it, just take a lot longer to charge.

  • cynindesign

    I had a chance to put my hands on one last week at T-Mobile….I CAN’T WAIT TILL THE 10TH to get mine at Verizon…they only had black, as white had to be ordered online…..but I’ve got to say the leather on the back is something else….I’ll be really sad if they don’t have a view flip cover that can attach so I can keep the leather back….any one know if they made leather case/accessories to protect the Note 3?

  • Andrew Munster

    because 50% of micro usb cables break in the first 6 months

  • Andrew Munster

    make apples lightning port the standard :)

  • Chrisdroid

    A simple question, the connector it is 3.0 but how will the data transfer and charging time if its plugged in into a 2.0 regular USB input like the ones that at this moment everybody have?

  • sk3litor

    Does anyone have an official release date and retail price for the note 3 on Verizon?

  • Jason

    Why not just use a thunderbolt connection like Apple? Thunderbolt port is actually more of the future… It has Way faster transfer speeds and doesn’t matter the direction it’s plugged in.

  • Alaska Ryder

    Now…is that innovative or what?

  • psuturtle

    I hope they sourced the connectors from quality suppliers. I’ve had some bad experiences with this type of connector (microUSB 3 type B) on USB3 hubs and HDDs. The retention of the connector is not very good and even small movements of the device can cause the plug to become dislodged resulting in loss of connection. I’d be cautious of the Amazon cables….I have one and have issues with it coming loose.

  • Jérôme Besnard

    I like the added convenience but boy it is ugly.

  • http://www.tech-compass.com/ Tech-Compass

    Great news USB 3.0 is the way to go!!

  • Caleb Boerner

    Oh no, my USB plug is ugly! Wahhh! I already can’t travel to European countries, have you seen the electrical sockets and plugs in those countries? Wahh! Why isn’t the USB port and plug the focal point of design!? Wahhh!

  • ERIC SORENSEN

    I bet it is also a sturdier connection, while keeing the 10,000 insertion rate the Micro-usb has. Orientation is easier to identify, too. Ugly or not, it’s a standard and that’s a good thing.
    I bet you that they had to go with a higher transfer speed connection to be able to play the 4K video this thing records through MHL.

  • lensgrabber

    Still can’t take it to Europe and buy a sim. I have to give roaming money to AT&T instead.

  • Droid 1967

    I am betting the reason it has both connections like that is for MHL compatibility.

    • staticx57

      All microusb 3.0 ports look like that

      • Droid 1967

        with 2 separate ports next to each other like that? first one ive seen so i dont know. to me looks like a usb 3 next to a usb 2. but your saying all micro usb 3 need these 2? fyi this is a question not questioning you i jsut think it would be wierd that you need both other than for backward compatibility.

        • staticx57

          That is what a standard microusb 3.0 port looks like. It isnt two usb ports side by side. If you ever notice, a full size usb 3.0 port really has 9 connectors. micro just has it as 5+4.

          • Droid 1967

            oh ok makes sense ive only seen the usb 3.0 on my computer. i guess for the micros that is how they did it . Thanks for the info.

  • Diablo81588

    As stupid as the connector looks, I think it’ll be much easier to identify orientation when trying to plug it in due to the flat bottom.

    • user311

      Looks fine to me. It’s a standard usb 3.0 cable.

      • Diablo81588

        It looks nothing like a USB 3.0 cable.

        • mgamerz

          That’s a standard Micro USB 3.0 cable.
          Source: I do IT an we have lots of USB 3.0 devices, they all use this (micro-styled ones only)..

          It’s a standard.

          • Diablo81588

            It sounded like he was referring to the “standard” USB 3.0 A connector.

        • user311

          Guessing that you don’t have anything with USB 3.0… Google usb 3.0 micro-b. Or just search amazon for usb 3.0 cable.

          • Adrynalyne

            Probably doesn’t have anything with micro USB 3.0. Full sized ones look like USB 2.0 full size.

          • Diablo81588

            Read up.

          • user311

            Yes, it is a standard usb 3.0 cable… You stated that the connector looks dumb. It does not as it follows the “standard” in which micro-b was created upon… Micro-b is a “standard” USB 3.0 cable. Stop trying to change your initial argument because you wrote something stupid. Pretty much every device which uses usb 3.0 at the moment uses one usb micro-b at one end and a full size at the other.

          • Diablo81588

            You’re completely missing my point altogether. You said it looks like a standard USB 3.0 cable, to which I thought you were referring to the USB A end. You don’t have to dumb down your explanation I work in IT. I think I know what a micro USB cable looks like.

          • user311

            If you knew what a micro usb cable looks like, why did you say it looks stupid? Obviously if you have seen one before you would have known what it looks like and wouldn’t have made a comment that inferred otherwise.

          • user311

            And if you do indeed work in IT, you would have known what the standard types of USB 3.0 cables are… thus negating the need to respond to my initial comment. I call B.S.

          • Diablo81588

            You can call whatever you want. I’m glad you’re putting so much thought into it though.

        • crazed_z06

          It looks just like the MicroUSB 3.0 cable I use for my external HD.

  • ßen Murphy

    Good things come in 3’s…or is that bad things?

    • ReturnOfTheMack

      Unfortunately it’s the latter.

  • Stephen

    oh wow, nice! Im glad you can still use normal micro usb as well!

    • John Davids

      Yep, that’s what happens when you have companies that follow globally recognized standards, rather that invent a new one purely to force your user base to re-purchase all of their accessories.

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Wow, if only this phone was 64-bit :(

  • Steve Ballmer

    Terrible design. Less is more when it comes to cable connectors.

    • Ian

      Yea but the less there is the easier they break…

      Looking for more of a balance.

    • Menger40

      It’s not going to win a beauty contest, but it’s just a plug. Plugs ought to be function over form.

    • Adrynalyne

      It is the standard design. I have these on two of my external portable hard drives, and it works fine.

  • Guy Pierce

    Until it breaks just like the 2.0 connectors. These types of connectors suck! It’s usually the phone parts that break first too.

    • ninjawarren

      That’s what wireless charging is for.

      • Tim242

        Wireless charging takes twice as long to charge, and you can’t use the device while you are waiting 5 hours to charge

        • ninjawarren

          True, but if you use it overnight the time isn’t an issue and it eliminates most (or at least half) of the wear and tear on the port.

        • zurginator

          Depends on the charger – mine charges even my N7 pretty fast, and the device is usable as well. N4 charges at the normal rate and is also usable.

          • Tim242

            It’s not possible for wireless charging to charge at the “normal” rate. A lot of energy is lost in the process.

          • zurginator

            Sure it is – you bump up what the charger outputs. The phone will only accept what it normally can, just like if you use a tablet charger on a phone.

            So yes you’ll use more energy to charge at the same rate, but it’s worth it IMO.

          • Adrynalyne

            Unless the charger is using Qi medium standards (I don’t think any of them are), it is outputting at 500mA. That isn’t a normal rate for any device other than those connected to most PCs through USB.

          • DoctorJB

            Samsung must be with their Qi charger because it’s rated for 2A while the Qi low only goes up to 1A.

          • Adrynalyne

            5W != 5A.

          • DoctorJB
          • Adrynalyne

            Thats all great, if there was 0 loss. There is what, 20-30% (sometimes more) loss as it stands. How is that different from what I said?

            Also, there are 1A USB ports out there…

          • DoctorJB

            2A – 30% = 1.4A > 700mA?!?! So there are chargers using the Qi medium standard.

          • Adrynalyne

            So Samsung is not using the Qi standard?

          • DoctorJB

            Qi medium standard goes up to 120W. The pads are Qi compatible, just read about several people using them on N4s and other devices (though it would be delivering twice the W of the Qi low).

          • Adrynalyne

            Qi medium was only approved in 2011. I didn’t think any devices were using Qi medium yet. Hence the original comment in parentheses. You could have saved some time by saying, “yeah these chargers are using Qi medium”.

          • DoctorJB

            *scratches head* This only affects the rate of charging if the energy input is constant. If you’re plugged into the wall you can use more juice (the fraction of a watt more required).

          • Adrynalyne

            Wireless charging loses much of its output to the air as heat. That is how. That is why they are limited to 500mA for low power Qi.

          • DoctorJB

            Why couldn’t they bump the power up to 1.2A and acheive 1A transfer? Samsung’s wireless charger for the S4 is a 2A (also Qi standard).

          • gnik luap

            That’s 2 amps into the charger, not out.

          • Justin W

            Let’s put it this way – your wireless charger is trying to charge your device at a rate of 1 amp, while your device is only receiving around 800 mA, so you lose 200 mA of energy because of magnetic induction’s loss in efficiency (this is a high loss of efficiency when compared to wired charging).

          • DoctorJB

            Amperage of Qi chargers is not set. Increased amperage translating to faster charge.

        • Boblank84

          I only have experience with the nexus 7 (2013) but my wireless charger i got for it seems just as fast as wired. Definitely not twice as long.

        • Justin W

          I see we’re back into this argument again. Wireless charging (via Qi) has an efficiency somewhere around 75-80%, so it’s not twice as long. My Nexus 4 charges to full from 0% in around 3-3.5 hours on my Nexus Orb, while with a cord it usually takes around or just under 3 hours. Not much of a difference if you ask me. While it sucks that you can’t charge and use the device (read: easily use the device), you can just place it on the charger and forget about it when you go to bed. No need to worry about it then.

      • Guy Pierce

        True but you would still hook it up to your TV or computer from time to time. Less likely to break because of wireless charging technology but still. Why can’t we switch over to POGO pins like on my GNex.

        • FknTwizted

          I’m game.

          • Guy Pierce

            Yes. Thank you!

        • Higher_Ground

          snap, i forgot i even had those…. whole lot a good they were, anyway

          • Guy Pierce

            Seriously!

    • Diablo81588

      Buy a quality phone then. I’ve had 6 phones with microUSB and haven’t broken one. The garbage galaxy nexus was notorious for the microUSB port breaking. The most I’ve ever done is bend a connector on the cable, which I easily bent back into place.

      • Guy Pierce

        Not the only person to ever complain about this issue and I’m sure everyone else does not just have the GNex. It broke on my OG as well. The charging cord always hangs and bends the pin inside. Bend it back enough it breaks. Or the cable gets bent and you a) Buy another charger or b) Have to hold/lay it down a certain way to get it to charge or connect to a computer.

        • Adrynalyne

          People need to be more careful with their devices and stop swinging them overhead like a lasso IMO…

          • http://www.ashevilletechnologyservices.com Dan Brown

            Seriously, my primary charger for my Note2 is the old cable from my GNex which is just about 2yrs old and still works flawlessly

    • Menger40

      It is really frustrating when your USB port stops working, especially with all the phones out there that don’t have removable batteries and can’t be charged any other way.

      One of my buying criteria for my phone’s case was that it had to cover the USB port.

    • hop head

      Faggot type arguments ….. to say the least.

      • Guy Pierce

        The correct vernacular is gay. FYI.

      • Cruise Guy

        Nasty person. Please don’t comment here if you continue to be a racist. Thanks.

  • AcemanX AcemanX

    USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, so you can use 2.0 cables on the note 3, article doesn’t mention this is a world first, as the Note 3 is the first phone in the world to use MicroUSB 3.0. Thank you samsung for implementing the latest in technology, and thank you for NOT using something proprietary like NIghtscout mentioned Apple does, especially with their new one that ISNT backwards compatible, screwing every single person that has bought apple items before and has apple cables laying around they can’t use…not the case with the Note 3, the fastest most advanced phone in the world…thank heavens for standardization, and thank heavens for USB.

    • Cory_S

      The port also looks stronger. I go through so many USB2 cables it’s just wrong.

      • kashtrey

        Is that really because of the port/connector? I feel like I burn through a lot of USB 2.0 cables but it’s because of the wiring getting bent and breaking in the cable itself rather than anything to do with the port or connectors.

        • alexis orms

          I’m not sure. I know when mine give out the connector doesn’t click in very well anymore and is loose. That seems like it would be the casing…

        • Matt

          I only have issues with the ends, you might want to spend a few more $$ on better cables. Cheap is not always the best.

          • One Word Plastics

            Does the Note 3 come with a metal body or cheap plastic?

          • croozn

            I guarantee you my Note 3 will last longer and take more of a beating than your iPhone, Applehead.

        • Cruise Guy

          I tried it out tonight in the store with the Galaxy Note 3. (a live model just put on display) and it was quite wobbly. I expected it to be a lot firmer. With the plug all the way in the phone it wobbled a bit too much for me. Still a nice piece of hardware, though.

    • Bigsike

      I believe it’s because it shoots 4k video and the data transfer on USB 2.0 would take forever to move those files.

      • Jeff C

        i like where your head is at, but wouldnt you need a usb 3.0 compatible port on your computer? i dont has that

        • The Phenom

          Most newer pc’s and laptops have at least one 3.0 USB port in it.

        • Justin W

          Yes and most newer PC’s have a 3.0 port. If yours doesn’t, you can pick up a fairly inexpensive laptop nowadays with a 3.0 port on it.

          • Matt

            I have 8 on my system at home and 1 on my laptop…

          • Justin W

            I believe I have 3 on the desktop I built, but I haven’t been able to use them to their full potential since I don’t have any USB3.0 devices (though I am debating getting the Note 3). I’m imagining speeds write speeds as quick as an SSD… maybe not quite that fast, but it’ll be nice to get off of USB2.0 after however many years it’s been.

    • Dustin Kimble

      Ya know, no one is mentioning the amps of the included charger. I’ve read its 2 amps which is what an iPad charges at. This could be helping the device charge quickly like it does, but I’m wondering how much slower it will charge if I use my 1.2 amp micro USB chargers. Am I going to have to upgrade (all but my overnight as time doesn’t matter) my priority chargers. Im guessing I’ll just go with the extra battery pack so I won’t have to plug in.

      • crazed_z06

        It will charge slower with a 1.2amp Charger. The Galaxy Note 2 comes with a 2AMP charger and if you use a less charger, it can take awhile to get a full charge.

    • Grooter

      doesn’t the LG G2 have USB 3.0 built in?

      • Cory_S

        Nope

        • Hexa Gon

          No one has usb 3, its a first on a phone by Samsung.

    • mgamerz

      All caps mode: TODAY I LEARNED USB 2.0 MICRO CABLES FIT IN USB 3.0 PORTS AND WORK WOOT

      • Matt

        WOOT!! now to ponder on what users do with all the old iDevices with old ports ;-)

    • Hexa Gon

      The new apple cables are not only not backwards compatible but also they are not faster than usb 2.0 because they are usb 2.0, they only gave it the name lightning or whatever to confuse their gullible clientele with Intel’s thunderbolt but has nothing to do with it.

    • john

      the fanboy is strong with this one

      • AcemanX AcemanX

        lol easy to be a fanboy of bleeding edge

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    I’m surprised SAMESUNG hasn’t came up with a proprietary connector, like Apple. I actually like Apple’s connector. Especially their Notebook connectors. That’s what all chargers should look like.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      Surprised as well. Maybe this was their attempt. :P

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        Breakaway charging connectors ROCK! This USB3.0 mini port does not. It’s nice that it’s 2.0 compatible, but we need an updated connector.

        • James Heyneman

          Why the hell do we need proprietary connectors? They are a pain in the ass and end up being more expensive while you wait for the cheap Chinese knockoffs. That’s why Europe requires all phones to have micro USB (or come with adapters). We don’t need anything new for phones. If you want break-away charging, get a Qi mat.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Let me clarify. A connector that all Android OEM’s get behind.

          • Adrynalyne

            like micro USB?

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Maybe a new USB standard, that has a breakaway connector.

          • Adrynalyne

            Pitch it to http://www.usb.org

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Oh I’m sure they have it in the works already……

          • Justin W

            Why would you want a breakaway connector? Are you talking something like magnetic so it doesn’t “break” the port? IIRC a concept was made for something similar in a headphone jack a while ago (it was pretty sweet), but it’s not a bad idea.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Yes, that kind. Apple uses this kind for their Notebooks.

          • Justin W

            It’d be nice, and I don’t see why they wouldn’t do it. It would also potentially allow for a more water-resistant design since it wouldn’t require the slots like Micro-USB does.

          • Cruise Guy

            Again, as they mentioned above, a breakaway USB charger would be similar to a wireless one (if) they could get the charging speed the same, no? Set it down or lean it on a stand, and it charges? Although I don’t know how this would work in a car if you wanted to talk and charge at once, so maybe your USB breakaway would work>>>

          • moe6

            Europe’s requirement for MicroUSB was for a more simpler reason; reducing environmental wastage from being forced to have to have a new cable/charger combo every time you got a new phone. It remains the only stable standard everyone can get behind.

            I’m a supporter of wireless charging but I do think a better connector would be a nice thing to have. To be honest, I’d settle if every damned device didn’t swap USB orientation willy nilly (I AM LOOKING AT YOU TWO, NEXUS 4 AND 2013 NEXUS 7)

    • Travis Keany

      Thank you for capitalizing SAMESUNG, otherwise I might have missed how witty, intelligent, and original you are.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        Then you probably missed the fact that the SAMESUNG logo is always capitalized.

        • Travis Keany

          My gosh, you’re right! And now that I’m paying attention to these things, thanks to you, it appears as if every company’s logo and capitalization is always the same. So weird, it’s like it’s a part of their “brand” or something.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Apple doesn’t capitalize. It’s not a standard. You can take your weak sarcasm elsewhere.

          • Travis Keany

            How do you capitalize a picture of an apple with a bite taken out of it?

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            “Apple”

          • SDotNYC

            I <3 "SAMEsung"

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I have a Note II, but I am sick and tired of my charger.

          • Adrynalyne

            #FirstWorldProblems

          • Justin W

            It’s sick and tired of you. IMO, you can go right off to apple with their proprietary chargers, and when you switch to an Android device again, good luck getting that new charger to fit in a standard micro-USB port.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            LMAO! I will not be switching to Apple.

          • A Guest

            You’re missing the point, the capitalised Samsung is a logo just like Apple’s bitten Apple is a logo (which you can’t capitalise). All logos have some form of capitalisation or picture or horribly used punctuation. Samsung does that weird thing with the A for example.

            The name of the company “Samsung Group” is not capitalised much like Apple as a company name isn’t.

            To summarise; logo = capitalised, name = not.

            So unless you thought you were writing a logo in your post (?) the capitalisation was incorrect.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Apple’s logo has now become the bitten apple, but it used to be the word “Apple”

          • James Heyneman
          • A Guest

            Ninja’d!

          • A Guest

            Actually at first it used to be “APPLE COMPUTER CO.” (capitalised) on a ribbon around Newton under an apple tree. Then it became the multicoloured apple and so on. At no point was it “Apple” as you seem to think.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Oh you mean like this:

          • A Guest

            Yes! Just like that! See how the picture of the Apple has the trademark? That’s the logo.
            Not the writing below, that’s a title or name or whatever you want to call it; else that too would have to be trademarked (if it was considered part of the logo)

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            So…..you glazed over the fact that Apple is not capitalized?

          • A Guest

            So…you glazed over the part that the writing isn’t part of the logo and so it’s irrelevant if it’s capitalised or otherwise.
            And with that this “discussion” has now gone full circle. So long.

      • Higher_Ground

        you gotta be careful, there are a lot of SAWSNUG’s coming out of China :P

    • AcemanX AcemanX

      hey nightscout, try using your old apple cables on your new Iphone5s see how well that goes

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        LMFAO! Ok, let me pull out my imaginary collection of iPhones

  • Yooouuuu

    A wee confused why it’d look different from a USB 2.0 cable. Doesn’t scream backwards compatibility. USB 4.0 will be a big bulge building on top of this one at this rate.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      It’s basically a microUSB 2.0 plug with an attachment. It’s ugly.

      • Caleb Boerner

        It’s an F-ing plug, one with enhanced capability no less, get over it. What do you want, a 20 person Italian design team making ports and plugs into works of art? Sheesh!

        • Adrynalyne

          Dude…go smoke a bong or something. It isn’t that big of a deal.

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Why not? We’re paying through the nose for these things, why are we using a 10 year old connector?

          • Adrynalyne

            Micro USB 3 connector is 10 years old?

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            USB 2.0

          • Adrynalyne

            This article isn’t about USB 2.0.

          • DoctorJB

            You may be paying through the nose, I get them for 99 cents!

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            What, the phone? I’m talking about the phones.

          • DoctorJB

            In seriousness, magnetic connectors are fun to use but it’s more fun to get dirt cheap cables and have spares in places like home, work, car, luggage, etc so you never are with a dead device. It’s less of a concern now that batteries tend to last most of a day but you can still kill just about any device if you really try.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            Not to mention my magnetic charger for my MBP thats only a year old acts like it needs to be replaced, the stupid thing only charges when in certain positions and you sometimes have to wiggle it to get it to actually connect and charge (even though they’re securely touching each other). I mean its kinda cool with the whole snap in motion but definitely not cool enough to warrant less functionality.

          • Cruise Guy

            Apple replaces them for free. I have had 2 replaced just by going in the store.

          • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

            The thing is the closest Apple store to me is over an hour and a half away and last time I went there I was completely infuriated with the store atmosphere and the employees working there.

          • Caleb Boerner

            Yeah that makes a ton of sense; cell phones are expensive so manufacturers should do things to make them more expensive…

            Epic logic fail

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            What part of your anatomy do you use to think with? My point was that since we pay high prices on phones, why can’t we have the things we want? A charging port costs $1 for the OEM’s. (or less)

          • Caleb Boerner

            Charging ports wouldn’t be cheap if they were also being designed for aesthetic purposes, not to mention that the likelihood of a universal standard in that case would be nil. So what part of your anatomy do you think with?

            Double epic logic fail for nightscout

          • Adrynalyne

            It costs us more if it is proprietary, heh.

          • Justin W

            If you are paying through the nose for these things, then you’re doing it wrong….

          • Higher_Ground

            not to mention I question whether anybody actually accepts payment that way… seems a bit mucusy

    • Adrynalyne

      It is the standard connector for micro USB 3. I have a couple hard drives with the same connector.

      http://www.amazon.com/SEAGATE-GOFLEX-EXTERNAL-Device-Connector/dp/B0093W2W7U