Samsung Galaxy S III to Use a Special MHL to HDMI Adapter

Posted on Jun 11 2012 - 2:00pm by Glenn


Among the updates Samsung made on the new Galaxy S III is the installment of a new pin layout for video out. This effectively rendered old MHL to HDMI data cables from older Android phones unusable on the device. MHL to HDMI adapters connect MHL handsets to HDTVs or HD monitors without loss of full HD 1080p image quality. The new Samsung branded OEM cable costs £20.82 from Clove for consumers residing in Europe, or around $25 in the United States, when it launches.

Samsung likely decided to phase out the old adapter for the Galaxy S III not because it wanted to earn extra for the sale of the new adapter. In fact, many might not even be purchasing it. Rather, the change was brought about with the redesigning of the handset’s hardware, which needed to fit into the thinner shape of the case of the Galaxy S III as compared to that of the Galaxy S II.

For those who are interested in the phone, Samsung is fighting tooth and nail to keep it on the market as it faces another bout of a legal battle with Apple on alleged patent infringement. This time, Apple is claiming that Samsung’s S Voice software is similar to Siri, the Apple voice-enabled assistant.

The phone features a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and around 306 ppi pixel density. Inside it runs Android OS, v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, an Exynos 4212 Quad chipset, a 1.4 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A9 processor, and Mali-400MP GPU. The device, which comes in Pebble Blue and Marble White, is also equipped with a barometer, compass, proximity sensor, RGB sensor, gyro sensor, and accelerometer. It comes with two cameras, a rear-facing 8 MP one with 3264 x 2448 pixels and front-facing one with 1.9 MP. It furthermore supports GPRS, Bluetooth, NFC, HSDPA, and WLAN connectivity options.

The Samsung Galaxy S III is already available in Europe, and will be available in the US starting next week.

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  • Tom

    You think this had nothing to do with money?

    They are willing to undermine a standard (MHL) and confuse their users because they couldn’t figure out how to do the layout like everyone else?

    I’m sorry but we are not Apple fans and we can call a slimy move for what it is.

    The GSIII is a great phone, but Samsung has messed up the MHL adapter completely. If you want HDMI out then get a different phone.