Just got the S4 and so far, I'm loving it. However, one thing that has intrigued me about the device but which I seem to be unable to find much info on is the ability to connect it to an HD display via HDMI. I have found plenty of third-party MHL cables online, but I'm wondering if anyone has any info on the official Samsung MHL 2.0 cable and if/when it will be available here in the US.
Device(s): Samsung Galaxy S4, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX
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I have the Samsung adapter from my S3 as well. And have had no problems with it at all since upgrading to S4. Use it all the time with Samsung Link to stream my downloaded tv shows, etc from the phone to the big screen.
The gs3 one will work with the 4 however the max you will get out of it is 24hz. The one made for the 4 is 60hz. Im waiting for the s4 one. I heard June for a release in the us but didnt see any exact date.
Anyone have an amazon link for the proper (and ideally cheap) MHL to HDMI adapter. I see there are numerous options and want to make sure i get one that will work for the s4. Anyone using one of these? It looks like some of them also need a charger plugged into the adapter. Is that standard across the board? Seems awfully inconvenient.
As a follow-up question, does anyone know if the UK version of the cable would work with the US S4? I'm kind of getting frustrated with the lack of info on all the S4 accessories Samsung announced. I know the new cable is available elsewhere and am wondering if an import would work.
Wow, I have been through hell with samsung customer support today. Here is what you want to know about the MHL 2.0 adapter, but read though to the end. The Samsung MHL Smart Adapter:
"11-pin "samsungs MHL"-HDMI adapter/dongle
The Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S4 use a connector that is similar to the original 5-pin MHL-HDMI adapter/dongle, but it uses 11-pins in order to achieve a few functional improvements over the 5-pin design.
It supports the use of USB and MHL simultaneously. (Note that the new Samsung 11-pin MHL-HDMI adapter also has a USB On-The-Go port).
Samsung’s Galaxy S III/ Note 2 can power the MHL-HDMI adapter (when used with a non-MHL-compatible-TV). Although this can theoretically also be done with the standard 5-pin micro-USB connector, the Galaxy S III's 11-pin connector is believed to be the first smartphone that supports this functionality.
The Galaxy S III was the first MHL device to use a different connector - one that is not compatible with all other MHL devices and accessories. MHL 2 was announced to be compatibile with MHL 1. Using MHL name for new connector confused many users. """ From Wikipedia
From Samsungs product page for MHL 2.0 HDTV Smart Adapter Features tab (ET-H10FAUW, White)
Using the HDTV Adapter
1. The ferrite core provided reduces electro-magnetic interference from connected 1 devices. If necessary, attach it to the HDTV Adapter cable, as shown in the image on the cover page.
2. Connect one end of a universal HDMI A-to-A cable (Sold Separately) into the HDTV Adapter.
3. Connect the other end to the TV’s HDMI port.
4. Connect a charger to the HDTV Adapter.
5. Connect the charger to an approved power source.
6. Connect the HDTV Adapter connector to the Power/Accessory Interface port on the smartphone. The TV screen instantly displays what is on the smartphone’s screen. Ensure the HD TV supports Anynet+ to play video and music with TV remote control keys.
MHL 2.0 Functionality
For handsets with MHL 2.0 capabilities, like the Galaxy S 4, you can skip steps 4 and 5 above as an external power source is not required.
Connect your MHL-Enabled phone to your high definition TV or Computer Monitor to stream HD video.
Note that this adapter is different from the HDMI Smart Adapter (EIA2UHUNBEG, Black)
The Bad Part.
I got My Samsung MHL 2.0 adapter the other day and I immediately started trying all the new features and these are the results I got. The adapter only works when the power cord is connected, since it only works with the power cord this eliminates any otg features for the adapter. I even whipped out every adapter I had and tried to do a usb hub off the micro usb with and otg cable and tried to power it and use a usb mouse, then wireless mouse, then flash drive and no luck that way either. My next step... call tech support. $&*#! I hate tech support, I always know more than them until I get to something like a level 3 tech. The level ones answer the phone and basically read prompts from the computer with very limited understanding of the problem. I spent 2 hours on the phone with tech support. The first tech at least had an idea of what I was talking about, but could not help me, so he transferred me to the "Advanced Technical Support" line. Ok, awesome, I'm getting somewhere. Nope! This guy had no clue as to what I was talking about and directed me to there product page to where it says to connect the power source. Yep, it says that alright, BUT if you click the next tab that says features (which I cut and pasted at the top) it says you do not have to connect a power source at the bottom of the page with the S4. It got kinda of quite then he put me on hold. He comes back and tells me they are going to send a RMA label to see if it is defective and then say on that page at the bottom that the specification can be changed without notice. This told me I was talking to an idiot. You can't change the specs of MHL, Set forth by the MHL Consortium, and still call it MHL 2.o. This is just like if you called about a laptop you would expect the person the know the differences between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 and know that a manufacturer would not changes those specs and still call it USB 3.0, that is false advertising. Furthermore; if you only sell two MHL adapters, I would expect the advanced tech to know why there are two and what the differences are. Hopefully it is just a dud, but I don't hold much hope that any of these features will work.
Now that i am looking at it, it does have an e on the end. Wtf. It looks just like the picture. I did a search on samsung site and nothing came up with the e on the end. Thank you for pointing that out. Noe the question is what damn adapter do I have?
Damn, after some research, I have found that I got the UK version of this adapter that was designed for the octa-core phone I9500. I live in the states and we have the quad-core. I just can't believe there are two different versions. I'm an idiot.
You can only see this product on the UK site. I did not realize when I was searching on the US site it was bringing up the closest match. Damn.
Last edited by lowki; June 19th, 2013 at 02:56 PM.
Unicorn, was that offer through Samsung or your carrier? In other words, where did you actually get the cable? As I said, I haven't been able to find any info about where to get it in the US, so any help is greatly appreciated.
After I got the phone through Costco at their Verizon kiosk, I had to go the the Samsung web site with the information to actually register the phone by serial number. Since my wife and I each got a phone, I registered both. Samsung sent me two coupons directly and the cable plus two desk docks were ordered using one coupon. I still have one coupon to use, and I am debating the merits of ordering extra batteries. So far, it doesn't look like we need those.
This question has been asked lots of times so feel free to use the search function in future.
You need an 11 pin MHL adapter rather than the standard 5 pin one. Samsung makes their own but you can buy compatible adapters on eBay for a lot less.
The only other thing to be aware of is that the S4 is MHL 2.0 and there will shortly be (or perhaps it is already out) an adapter specifically for the S4 that has a 60 Hz output rather than the previous 24Hz which is rather slow but useable.
Thanks to my similar question, I learned yesterday thst the new official Samsung adapter for the S4 is available now. It's on Samsung's site and Amazon (and, I'm sure, other places) for around $40. Just search Samsung MHL 2.0 and it should be the first result.
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