Samsung Galaxy S II first with MHL port for dual-purpose USB or HDMI out [Video]

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    Samsung Galaxy S II first with MHL port for dual-purpose USB or HDMI out [Video]


    There's a small but important fact about Samsung's newest Android flagship that slipped under our radar last week at Mobile World Congress. The Galaxy S II is the first smartphone to feature an MHL port. MHL, as you'll recall, was first announced in 2008 as the Mobile High-Definition video Link "standard" for mobile devices promoted by a consortium that includes Nokia, Samsung, Toshiba, Sony, and Silicon Image. So yeah, another mobile interconnect standard just like DisplayPort, mini-HDMI, or Light Peak. Essentially, the micro-USB shaped MHL jack at the base of the Galaxy S II features internal circuitry that recognizes USB or MHL impedance and then automatically switches the phone into USB data / charging or MHL audio / video / charging modes. A special 5-wire micro-USB to HDMI cable lets you send video and audio to existing HDMI-equipped displays. Unfortunately, the TV won't charge the Galaxy S II during playback unless you insert a phone charger adapter between the GSII and TV or wait for MHL-enabled TVs to begin shipping later this year. Once connected, you can then use your TV's HDMI-CEC compatible remote to navigate and control the Galaxy S II's media interface. The GSII is just the first MHL device with a half-dozen phones, at least one tablet, and a few TVs coming this summer.



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    Would I be able to use a mini-HDMI-C to HDMI-A cabel for this phone or is there going to be a new MHL cable needed? Please clarify... thank-you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by discombobulated View Post
    Would I be able to use a mini-HDMI-C to HDMI-A cabel for this phone or is there going to be a new MHL cable needed? Please clarify... thank-you!
    The port on the phone is a microUSB port. There has to be a microUSB to HDMI cable for HDMI output... If it's the same as the Galaxy S, then it'll be about $40.

    The Galaxy S had this... it just wasn't advertised.

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    Is This cable Like MICRO-HDMI cables on ebay ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bastian View Post
    Is This cable Like MICRO-HDMI cables on ebay ??
    Sadly, nope. Its a micro USB on one end and a black brick with an HDMI port on the other end.

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    lol it's look so similar and i buyed one of them,fortunately I paid just 5$ :D:D:D

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    The official Samsung HDMI adapter doesn't look to be out for quite a while yet but there's one by BizLite over at Mobile Fun that should be in over the next fortnight (website says 9-14 days)

    Cheaper than the official one too. Agreed that it's quite annoying having no TV-out on the 3.5mm jack

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    There is also a docking station coming in the third quarter of this year. Looks interesting:

    Having problems though finding someone selling the standard adapter.
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