• LG G2 has SlimPort support not MHL

    By Jon , October 10, 2013 - Leave a comment

    LG using the same display output technology in the G2 as the Nexus 4.

    LG are well known for having produced the Google Nexus 4.

    The Nexus had the ability to have video out via the microUSB port, like many high end smartphones today now offer.

    However, there was one slight difference.  It used a different standard, SlimPort; not MHL like most others.

    Essentially they do the same thing. MHL has an install base of millions, and outputs to the HDMI standard. SlimPort offers something just a bit different: DisplayPort compatibility, which means it can easily output to a variety of video standards.

    LG have now used the same technology on the G2 rather than the more common MHL.  This will mean that if you want a wired connection to a HD display, you will need a SlimPort adapter.

    Alternatively the G2 has Miracast technology built in for wireless streaming of content to a display.

    For more information on the LG G2, please CLICK HERE.

    Jon

    Constantly challenging opinions and looking for new opportunities, Jon develops the product ranges and business activities and very much strives to maintaining growth and taking Clove in to the future. Never knowing when to stop, he spends a lot of time coming up with ideas. When he does relax, however, he can be found out in the forest walking his Dog, down the pub or enjoying food at local restaurants.

    Comments

  • I think the biggest (best) feature of SlimPort compared to MHL is that is does not need power to work. SlimPort adapter will display to HDTV without the need to power the adapter but if you want to charge there is a port available for that. MHL on the other hand has to be powered which means more unsightly cables.

    • Hi Samale, yes for most MHL devices this is true, although with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 & Note 3 (along with future handsets), the MHL connection can be powered with the phone alone. It will drain battery faster than Slimport but it is possible

  • Why do you need an adapter to mirror to tvs? How comes the micro usb cable wont connect directly to tv via usb?

    • Hi Andy, the standard micro USB data cables are not capable of screencasting in this way.
      You can connect directly to the TV with USB, using the phone in mass storage mode (similar to connecting a USB flash drive or external hard drive) and playback stored files, but not screencast. Screencasting is different as it mirrors the screen in real time.

      The SlimPort technology in the phone’s USB port allows for real time video out, however you still need the necessary cable, as a standard USB won’t do it.
      To this end, the SlimPort adapter converts the microUSB port into a standard HDMI port.

      A similar but slightly different technology called MHL is present in most other phones from Samsung, HTC, Sony, Motorola etc.

  • Hi Josh, thanks for the reply.

    Ah right, that’s good to know. I tried connecting my existing phone (xperia sola) to the tv but couldnt get it to work (would like to stream video from app to tv, but not over wifi).

    As I’m considering the G2, I thought I’d do a bit of research first.
    Thanks again

  • OK, so I’m looking to get this mirrored business sorted out but what’s best? Miracast or Slimport?
    I don’t see there being a big issue with cables for me so that means it is probably cheaper to do it via Miracast but what’s the general concensus?

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