Look to the future with 8K video
We have all become used to the benefits of MHL connections. They have made it convenient to connect your portable device to a TV screen, and view your content without hassles, which has liberated all of us.
The fact that you could also potentially charge your mobile device while there was a connection to your TV screen made it the ideal plug and play solution.
Over the last few years the MHL consortium has been gradually evolving the specification, improving its capabilities. Up until recently version 3.0 was the best available with it offering the ability to transfer up to 4K video at 30 fps with high quality audio. It also provided support for connection of up to 4 displays to a single device.
If you would like to find out a bit more about MHL then see our earlier post What is MHL?
The MHL consortium has however released a new specification which brings with it some major improvements. The most staggering of these improvements is the ability to transfer 8K video at an incredible 120 fps. Now that is looking to the future, most of us are still getting our heads around 4K video. But it is exciting technology is moving at such an incredible pace.
So besides the headline 8K video capacities what does SuperMHL offer us? The answer is a great deal. Firstly they have introduced support for the USB Type-C connector which is full reversible. So you will no longer have to worry about orientation of your cable when inserting it.
There is also now 40 Watts of power charging, which is a major improvement on the pervious standard, expanding the possibilities for connecting and powering more equipment within your living room.
Multiply display support is further enhanced with the ability to connect up to 8 displays, when connecting to a single device. There is also backward compatibility with the previous MHL specifications (MHL 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0).
Below is a list of all the other features and benefits of SuperMHL
- Deep colour support, up to 48-bit colour depth
- Wider colour gamut to view content the way filmmakers intended via BT.2020
- High-Dynamic Range (HDR) support to strike the perfect balance of bright spectral highlights along with shadow details
- Enhanced audio for immersive surround sound including Dolby Atmos®, DTS:X™, 3D audio, and an audio-only mode
- Single remote control for multiple MHL devices (TV, AVR, Blu-ray player, STB)
It will take a little while for this new specification to filter into new products, and of course we do need 8K screens to take full advantage of it. But it shows the way that technology is moving and what will soon be possible in the living room of the future.
So don’t worry about 4K video, lets all be looking to the future which is 8K (just give it a few years).