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Standards be damned: Samsung Galaxy S III requires special MHL adapter

Newsbrief by Dan Seifert on Friday June 08, 2012.

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Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) ports are becoming an increasingly popular way for smartphone manufacturers to simplify production and reduce the numbers of ports on their devices. A supposed standard, MHL lets users output video and images from their mobile phone over HDMI to a TV through what appears to be a normal USB port. Since it's a standard, all MHL adapter cables should work with all devices that have MHL ports. However, Samsung seems to have other plans with its Galaxy S III, as UK retailer Clove has discovered that only new Samsung-branded MHL cables will work with the device. Older cables that were compatible with the Galaxy S II, Google Galaxy Nexus, and a host of other smartphones on the market won't work with the Galaxy S III thanks to a slightly different pin layout. Of course, Samsung is happy to sell Galaxy S III buyers a new MHL cable HDTV Adapter kit for about 25 GBP (US$39).

source: Clove, via: SlashGear

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