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Difference between Mini USB and Micro USB

Introduction – What is a USB?

A USB, or Universal Serial Bus, is a set of connectors, cables, and communication protocols that enable computers and other electronic devices to communicate with one another. And, as technology advances, we now have different USBs such as minis, micros, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and so on. Knowing what their primary functions are may not seem important to a casual computer user, but it is extremely beneficial to regular users.

What is a Mini USB?

Mini USB – Despite being deprecated (computer software, design, or practice that is still available but not advised), the mini USB is still used simply because it is possible. However, it is not OTG-compliant (On The Go, which is utilized in mobile devices), so customers are encouraged to upgrade to newer technologies. Many years ago, the mini-AB USB receptacle connector was the standard for transmitting data to and from smart phones and PDAs, however it was deprecated in May 2007.
A Mini USB was approximately 3 x 7 mm in size.

What is a Micro USB?

Micro USB – The Micro USB was introduced by the USB-IF (USB implementers forum) in January 2007, just before the Small USB was phased out. It was designed to replace mini connectors in new devices. It has at least 10,000 connect-disconnect cycles, which is significantly more than a small USB plug. Apart from that, it also aims to reduce mechanical wear on the gadget by connecting and disconnecting it.

With an estimated size of 6.85 x 1.8 mm, the Micro USB is the smallest type. However, the maximum overmold boot size is 11.7 x 8.5 mm and 10.6 x 8.5 mm.

Micro USB vs. Mini USB

What is the difference between a tiny USB drive and a micro USB drive?

Both connections have their own set of characteristics, but they also share some similarities.

A mini USB was slightly smaller than a conventional USB connector, while a micro USB was even smaller. Although they serve the same purpose, the micro USB has a tiny advantage in terms of efficiency because the five pins that carry the ID pin on both connectors do not work on the small USB but do on the micro USB. As a result, the mini USB is primarily utilized for data transfer and storage, whilst the micro USB can also be used as a charger connector. Another difference is their cycle life, with the tiny USB having just 5,000 cycles and the micro USB having 10,000.

One of the reasons why micro USB is favoured now is that it will become the principal USB cable for mobile devices sooner or later. This is because mobile phone manufacturers have agreed to make micro USB connectors for charging and connectivity. In reality, Mini USB has better compatibility with a wider range of devices than a micro USB, but current and emerging new technologies, particularly with mobile phones, favor the micro USB.

 

Comparison Chart

Mini USBMicro USB
Approximate size of 3 x 7 mm.approximate size of 6.85 x 1.8 mm
Has 5,000 cycle lifeHas 10,000 cycle life
Less durableMore durable
Not mobile-friendlyMobile-friendly

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