Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL-to-HDMI adapter now available, no need for a separate charger
0. phoneArena 16 Apr 2013, 04:44 posted on
Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first phone to support the MHL 2.0 standard, meaning that HDTVs and monitors with such a port can charge the device and stream Full HD content down from it at once. The official MHL/HDMI adapter is now out for the Galaxy S4, and lets you just hook a regular HDMI cable to the phone and then to your non-MHL TV across the room...
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1. MrJerry (Posts: 398; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
This is sooo cool. I dont need to buy an expensive smart dock for playing game on my TV via bluetooth :P
2. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
Why does it say it's the first phone that can support mhl or whatever they call it? My phone already does this.
5. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
And i wasnt talking about what version the darn MHL is, 1,2,3,4 who cares about the version when my phone already does what this article is mentioning. What the hell.. thats wrong!
6. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
It never said it was the first phone to support MHL, it said it was the first phone to support MHL 2.0 standard. I hope you can tell theirs a difference from what you think it's saying and what it's actually saying.
7. maier9900 (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)
You didnt get my point... You only got what you wanted.
8. wiiandds (Posts: 61; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)
no you did not the point, it is the first phone to have MHL 2.0 standard. it does not matter i every other phone has MHL 1.0, the S4 still is the first phone to have 2.0
11. Hudson (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 May 2013)
I made an account here just to tell you you're being obstinate and dense.
There's a major difference between MHL standards. The very first sentence in this article clearly makes the point that the GS4 is the first to use MHL 2.0, which is quite different from previous versions, NOT the first ever to use MHL.
So no, _you_ didn't get the point. Repeatedly.
4. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
This is still a bunch of bull crap... (Not the article, the "Standard")
I still believe that having a separate micro HDMI port is more flexible and allows more freedom with your device...
MHL consortium started preaching about the benefits of having such tech, but there is really nothing groundbreaking...
My Xperia phones allows the TV (almost ANY HD TV) to control the device with the TV Remote... via CEC technology, and that IS a standard across manufacturers (Bravia Link, Regza Link, AnyNet, Simplink).... I just plug my Xperia via micro HDMI and from them I control with the TV, specially awesome for movies...
IF your phone is waterproof as well like the Acro S, Xperia V, Xperia Z... then it could have pins for a dock charger... (Xperia Acro S has it included in box) and this allows for even more flexibility, since it frees up the micro USB port for using say, an USB OTG cable...
So, bottomline... MHL offers Nothing over microHDMI port, specially if you have a Sony Xperia with CEC functionality
9. procol (Posts: 16; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)
In that logic, you would have to make another new port every time new connecting feature is commercialized. If the tech world has taken that approach for 20 years, smartphones nowadays will have at least 5 outlets/ports and we won't have what we call USB.
10. buccob (Posts: 1557; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I partially agree with you... but a phone today for some people it replaces the need for a tablet and even a laptop computer for most task....
For me, having separate ports allow for Screen Mirroring AND using the microUSB for OTG features... such as having a flash drive plugged in, or a USB mouse... and those 2 combined with a bluetooth keyboard... well... you have a decent set up for browsing, chatting, playing some games.... which is what most people do anyway with their PCs
In the same line of thinking.... I rather have my Asus laptop with regular HDMI port, than the one found on my sisters MacBook Pro... which needs an adapter... (even if it gives a better feature with it...)
Sometimes is better to have the simplicity and practicality of 2 ports...
Would you buy an ultrabook with 1 USB port or with 2 ports? (almost same size of laptop...)
12. HarryBw (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)
I'd rather use the the MHL cable then my docking station mainly because its easier to carry around. My MHL - HDMI adapter came included with my Orealo MHL Pico projector and it works just fine. Even when i just want to plug it into the TV its convenient to me. Better than having a buncha ports like @Procol said. LOL
13. imparanoic (Posts: 69; Member since: 15 Oct 2012)
does Samsung s phones support cec with mhl? ie, remote control from your tv/amplifier controlling the phone?
14. zhangyamysaga (Posts: 6; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
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