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Samsung Galaxy S III not compatible with previous MHL-HDMI adapters, requires new one

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Samsung Galaxy S III not compatible with previous MHL-HDMI adapters, requires new one
Let’s skip the introduction - you already know that the Samsung Galaxy S III is practically the most powerful mobile device to come out yet. It’s amazing, but we appreciated also the fact that it came with a removable battery, expandable memory via microSD card slots and a simple MHL microUSB port for chargin. We can go on and on with the great things about the Galaxy S III, but the way it connects to an HDTV (and you’d want to connect this phone to an HDTV, trust us) is not one of them.

Actually, the way Samsung handled this is horrific - we don’t know the exact reason, but it turns out now that the SGS III requires a special MHL adapter. First, an explanation. MHL is the port on the bottom of your device that acts as a gateway for both charging the device and connecting it to external displays. For the latter, you need an MHL to HDMI adapter, a simple dongle that allows you to further connect to an HDMI cable and a TV/monitor.

All good so far - we’ve seen the same mechanism work in the Galaxy S II, we’ve bought the MHL adapter, and now we’re happy that we can use this in the SGS III... not. UK retailer Clove who just got the new MHL-HDMI adapter explains why:

“Any previous MHL adapter will not work with the S3 due to the pin layout.”

It’s not a huge deal as the adapter itself costs £24.98 including tax (that’s $39), but it’s annoying. And maybe there’s a reason for that, but we honestly don’t know it. You can help us with an explanation and/or thank Samsung in the comments below. 

Also below is a link to Clove's web store, in case you want to order your adapter. Note, that if you want to hook up your SGS III to a non-1080p monitor/TV, you might run into problems:

source: Clove via SlashGear

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posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:21

1. fosbjohn (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

So.... can the phone charge as well when connected to the tv? As this adapter uses the same port on the bottom of the phone.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:06

7. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

I would guess the adapter would charge the phone the S2 adapter does and it makes the adapter more useful otherwise you could only watch as long as the phone battery lasts

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:30 2

12. fosbjohn (Posts: 2; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Thanks for the quick response cnpthe3rd!

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:06

19. matty1323 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

The MHL adapters of the past from Samsung require power when connecting via HDMI. There is a small microusb port on the side of the adapter to plug in a power plug or maybe USB cable for power otherwise the Adapter will not display anything via HDMI. So Yes it will charge your device while connected to HDMI, you don't have a choice.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:27

2. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Wait, does galaxy s3 have a HDMI out or not.?!?
I got even a HDMI cable shipped with my one a half year old phone (xperia arc)

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:10

8. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

yes did you not understand that? it has HDMI out from the MHL (micro usb) port just like the S2 they changed the pin configuration so your old (galaxy S2) cable will not work you have to buy a new one

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:03

18. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

so no it doesn't have hdmi
it can make use of hdmi with an adapter

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:33 3

3. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)

I hope Galaxy S3 is not ban from importing to USA by crazy rotten Apple lawsuits.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:11 3

9. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

not going to happen don't worry about that

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:37

4. mettec (Posts: 13; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

So does this include the U.S. versions? I am sure within a few months of release there will be other manufactuers making their versions of the adapter to work with the S3 but getting my S3 (pre-ordered) and having to wait still sucks. Not willing to pay $40+ for a Samsung OEM version.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:13

10. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

yes I'm sure that Chinese manufacturers have already started making them and they will soon be available for 99 cents from the China product outlet store AKA EBay

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 08:40 1

5. Sangeet (Posts: 232; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)

That simply means i will have to shed more money..
Why couldn't they have included one in the Retail Box itself.. Everyone knows the answer to this question, they wanted to make more money by these accessories that is why they changed to a new pin layout.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:05 1

6. cnpthe3rd (Posts: 100; Member since: 01 Feb 2009)

yes it is a big conspiracy all aimed at you. but you are welcome to run down to the local electronics surplus store and buy a male micro usb plug, a female HDMI socket, some wire and solder and make your own. not including your labor and aggravation that method would cost you around 15-20 in parts assuming you can find the parts you need or you can get the parts from the china product outlet web page AKA E-Bay and spend around 5 and wait for china to ship them so see you have lots of options but yes they change the pin out for the sole reason of forcing you to buy new accessories otherwise you would not buy new ones and therefore there would be no incentive for manufactures to produce them and if there were no manufacturers making accessories sales on the phone would suffer

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:10

20. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

i think you are right if they both have the same amount of pins

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 12:19 1

23. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It lowers the purchase price of the phone, as not all customers will use the cable anyway. Besides, apple does a pin every new device they release. Hopefully the new MicroUSB standard alleviates that. New cables usually mean higher thresholds or quality, so maybe it's worth the change

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:26 2

11. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

you CANT buy a generic plug. thats not possible. If its anything like previous samsung only cables, there is a recognition chip in the plug so it wont work without it.

why did they do that? To make an extra few bux of course. If that is the extent to how down and dirty they want to get, I can live with that. Its not like they are forcing you into an entire custom ecosystem where the more your in the less control you have and the more impossible it is for you to get out, like a certain fruit company we know... its just 1 cable

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 09:43 3

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

This is exactly the type of stuff you complain Apple does. When Samsung does it you're ok with it. Hmm a word that starts with an H comes to mind

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 10:19

21. romeo1 (Posts: 729; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)

apple has allot of stuff that used that port.
the dockingstation speakertowers car cables alarm clocks and if you bought a couple of these you could run up to 1000s of dollars/euros

with this it could run up to 100 if they had a dockingstation with hdmi otherwise its just the 30/40 dollars/euros

so its the same thing but the money you're losing not as much money as apple lets you lose

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 13:31

25. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

Honestly this is kind of a let down. i just bought me an HDMI adapter and the cable and to not be able to use them just sucks lol...
hmm not good sammy not good...

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 14:47

27. Leo_MC (Posts: 2740; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

So this is Samsung's ideea to connect their latest smartphone to a HDTV?!
2 cables, an adaptor, kids running around, that's a peach; oh, an pay 25 pounds for it?
How about using some f**king technology! Use your dlna, your wi-fi.
Spending 5-600 euro on a phone but saving 50 euro by not buying a smart tv is just idiot thinking.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 15:45

29. stjcripes (Posts: 27; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

It should be noted that price is £20.82 before tax. One should use this price when converting to USD ($32.18 at time of post) as that not only would you be hard pressed to find a 20% sales tax in the US, but the tax rates will vary from state to state and city to city. I imagine we'll see a more traditional price of $29.99 or $34.99, though.

posted on 08 Jun 2012, 15:49

30. rob5150 (Posts: 175; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

havent other companies stopped putting earphones in there boxes also?

as a business move i think it makes sense.
at 9 million pre-orders already, thats 9 million little connectors needed and probably market research shows that maybe like only 500,00 people would ever use it.
and thats probably a larger number then people would actually use.
last year when i got my samsung infuse i plugged it into my big screen twice.. why? cause i could.
other than that i use DLNA if i want media on my big screen

posted on 09 Jun 2012, 14:14

31. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

All I know is...I HATED the proprietary cords from regular cell phones. Samsung and Motorola were some of the worse offenders. I thought Android, Gogle did a good job with that. HTC and the Rezound...has a plug that only fits the Rezound....MHL...now this special MHL.

I like the idea of MHL.no need for another port on the device. .but Samsung doesnt need to do this....

posted on 10 Jun 2012, 11:47

32. xplayer (Posts: 14; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

Quick Question

so my samsung galaxy s2 usb on the go cable will work with my gs3 or should i have to buy a new one??????

plz reply thanx.......

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