Friday, February 18, 2011

Samsung Galaxy S II, the first smartphone equipped with MHL

Undoubtedly one of the biggest questions seen the new Samsung smartphones was to know the whereabouts of the alleged mini-video output HDMI at first the press releases touting the benefits of the new system took for granted and that many readers put questioned. Until a new look at the specifications of the terminal makes us to look at a detail overlooked and that a video recorded during the Mobile World Congress 2011 to bring out the Samsung Galaxy S II is the first smartphone to equip the new protocol MHL .

So we can say quite categorically that the device has an HDMI output, in a way. MHL or Mobile High-Definition Link is a protocol developed by a consortium of companies among which are Sony, Toshiba, Nokia, Silicon Image and Samsung's own, by which you can send video to HD quality and Dolby Digital audio through the microUSB port.

This new connection aimed for use on mobile devices using a simple four-wire cable that provides a physical link between the microUSB and a standard HDMI TV. This is the phone itself or tablet to discern the type of connection established through the connector, and can discriminate between the connection for data transfer with a computer or for playing multimedia content on a large format television. With the added advantage that the mobile device can also charge while we are enjoying the videos with him captured.

Only a small stick in all this is that the TV must be compatible with MHL, which will not occur until the second quarter of this year, there a special adapter for TVs that have no such standard, which may be acquired.

Another advantage of incorporating MHL 1.0 is the ability to control playback from your mobile device with a single remote, the TV in this case, once it is connected. And can operate more comfortably all possibilities as the smartphone multimedia center.

Apparently seven new smartphone models are testing the standard and will be sold after the summer. Although completely unaware of what devices might be, we anticipate that manufacturers will try members of the consortium intends to support and extend this new protocol.

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