24
Jun
mhl

This isn't exactly breaking news, but some time in the last week or so Samsung began shipping the Galaxy S4's official MHL adapter through its site and various retail partners in the US. The new adapter has been on sale for over 2 months abroad, but is just now finding its way to American shores.

MHL adapters, if you aren't aware, allow you to transmit HD A/V signal from your phone via a microUSB to HDMI piece to a television or monitor. The Galaxy S4 is one of the very first smartphones to user version 2.0 of the MHL standard, which no longer requires an external power source in order to be used (just don't be surprised when it demolishes your battery). There is still a charging port on the adapter, however.

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Why exactly is this noteworthy? Well, while the Galaxy S4 will work with most 11-pin previous-generation MHL cables, there have been complaints that it can be a bit picky about which it wants to play nicely with. MHL 2.0 also brings 60Hz video playback, which means it will look much nicer on your TV than the old MHL adapters do. The new MHL 2.0 adapter is also backwards-compatible with Samsung's 11-pin MHL 1 devices like the S III and Note II, though those devices will not get all of MHL 2.0's benefits.

As for where to get it, you have several options, of which I believe Verizon is actually the cheapest.

Hit up any of the above to get your hands on the MHL adapter for the S4.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    It definitely doesn't cost that much to make, but some people really won't go without the "official" version of anything.

    • Stephen

      I just wish companies would start being a little more reasonable. I think we can all agree with that. But this cord does look pretty cool. I've never gotten to plug my phone into my tv

    • TejasEric

      This is why they can charge so much. If people have a problem with it just don't buy over priced name brand stuff and the problem will be fixed in time.

  • Majeed Belle

    I find it funny how people are FINALLY waking up to this kind of stuff as far is price for production goes. Hehe. Hell if Apple could dupe millions of idiots I really can't blame Samsung for trying. It's a good thing I can make shit like this myself.

    • pruneJuiceAbsolut

      why is that? are you constipated?

  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    Wish it worked with the S2 :c

  • James

    Will this work with a Lapdock?

  • Royal2000H

    "The Galaxy S4 is one of the very first smartphones to user version 2.0 of the MHL standard, which no longer requires an external power source in order to be used (just don't be surprised when it demolishes your battery)."

    Huh? I've used MHL on my Galaxy Nexus and did not need an external power source..

  • Derek Walsh

    Better off getting the Allshare Cast Dongle not a lot of difference in price.

  • cristian donose

    I have one for my Galaxy Nexus. A total waste of money, used it maybe twice in one year...

    • Josh Flowers

      I use mine every week--stream tv/movies from an app on my phone. I've watched lots of shows that I don't get in my area or with my basic cable.

      And i use it to run Emulators (N64) by my tv while i sit on the couch and use my ps3 controller to play MarioKart or SuperMario.

      but, to each their own.

      • Alex Ih

        Great idea with the N64 emulator! Do you know if this would also work with a wireless HDMI connection such as described in this Galaxy to TV Guide (AllShare)?

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    While reading the 60Hz video playback comment it got me thinking, what refresh rate does myDP/Slimport output at? Inquiring Nexus 4 owners want to know!

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    EDIT:
    myDP is 60Hz too it seems. Good :)
    http://www.vesa.org/news/vesa-experiences-acceleration-of-mydp-standard-adoption-in-mobile-devices/
    http://www.vesa.org/news/vesa-enables-mobile-devices-to-share-full-hd-video-and-3d-content-on-any-display-with-release-of-mydp-standard/
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    Also what refresh rate was the original MHL port on the S II? 30Hz?

  • seb

    Hi,
    I have tried to use this cable to connect my S4 on both Onkyo or Yamaha amplifier and never had success: The S4 shows "Please connect your phone directly on your TV". I want to go through the amplifier which then send the signal to a beamer. May someone help ?

  • PiquePique

    Nice review but since both this adapter and the Samsung smart dock supports up to 1080p, I would spend a little more and get the smart dock, where it has 3 usb ports and an hdmi output that can turn your phone into a mini computer. See the smart dock working with the Note 3 below if you are interested:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCPCY9PSfSk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWN43pnkg0s