Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL-to-HDMI adapter now available, no need for a separate charger
posted by Daniel P. / Apr 16, 2013, 4:44 AM
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.
charger to be plugged in.There is a microUSB port on the side of the new adapter, meaning that it will potentially be compatible with older members of the Galaxy family, too, which ask for a power adapter to be hooked up. The Galaxy S4 MHL-to-HDMI gear costs about $40 without the value-added tax in the UK, and, unlike the ten buck adapters you can currently find, doesn't require a separate
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Why does it say it's the first phone that can support mhl or whatever they call it? My phone already does this.
posted on Apr 16, 2013, 5:01 AM 0
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MHL 2.0 Standard
posted on Apr 16, 2013, 5:50 AM 6
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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.
posted on Apr 16, 2013, 9:59 AM 1
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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.
posted on May 24, 2013, 2:12 AM 0
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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
posted on Apr 16, 2013, 8:24 AM 2
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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.
posted on Apr 16, 2013, 8:20 PM 0
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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...)
posted on Apr 17, 2013, 7:50 AM 0
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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
posted on Jan 22, 2014, 6:35 PM 0
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