Which MHL Cable should I buy?

MHL Cable choices

The chances are that if you’ve come to this post, you’re already aware that your device has MHL (video out capability), so I won’t explain what an MHL cable is used for (there are good definitions within the linked products below) and we have also written about it before in our what is MHL post, which explains what MHL does and shows off some of its coolest features.

Click here to view MHL cables in our online store

MHL Cable

However, while MHL is an industry standard (meaning that in theory the same cable should be compatible with all MHL-enabled devices), that is not the case – some use an 11 pin arrangement, others use a 5 pin arrangement. The point of this post therefore is to tell you which MHL cable is compatible with your device.

While we do cover Samsung MHL cables below (as well as cables for other manufacturers), we now have a more detailed post that you may find useful if you use a Samsung handset: Which MHL adaptor does my Samsung Galaxy need?

Samsung Galaxy S4 / Samsung Galaxy S3 11 pin MHL Adaptor

We have created a video to show the description below in action, which you can view here

The Samsung Galaxy S3 and Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL adaptors are interchangeable with both handsets. That’s to say, the S4 MHL adaptor will work with the S3, and the S3 MHL adaptor will work with the S4. However, there are still some differences.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 uses MHL 2.0. This means that there is no power connection needed for the MHL adaptor to work – the S4 can power the connection itself. That being said, it is advisable to power the connection if possible (using your handset’s microUSB charger) in order to prevent battery drain. Both the S3 and S4 adaptors work with the S4 without the need to power the connection.

The situation with the Samsung Galaxy S3  handset is the opposite. Both the S3 and S4 MHL adaptors will need to be powered if you are using them with the S3 because it uses an older version of MHL in the USB port. This isn’t a huge problem as the microUSB charger supplied with you handset is fine for this purpose, it just makes the setup slightly more inconvenient.

The other difference between the two adaptors is that the S4 adaptor has a 60MHz refresh rate, whereas the S3 has a 24MHz refresh rate. This means that the S4 adaptor will provide a better image on screen, whether you are using it with the S3 or the S4.

Galaxy Note range

All Galaxy Notes  include support for MHL. The rules for choosing  an MHL cable are the same as the Galaxy S device of the same generation and follow the same guidelines as above

  • Galaxy Note = Samsung Galaxy S2: available HERE
  • Galaxy Note 2 = Samsung Galaxy S3: available HERE
  • Galaxy Note 3 = Samsung Galaxy S4: available HERE

Samsung 5 pin MHL tip

Samsung’s change to 11 pins stopped their new adapters being compatible with older devices and vice-versa. Due to this, a small tip accessory was created to convert original 5 pin adaptors to the new 11 pin arrangement.

Be aware that whilst this will make older 5 pin adaptors able to output over HDMI on newer Samsung phones, the adaptor specification remains the same. Any new MHL features present on up to date adaptors designed specifically for newer devices will not be available.

  • This product has been discontinued since this blog was originally posted. There is no direct replacement.

11-Pin MHL adaptor

From the Galaxy S3 onwards, Samsung modified the MHL standard to produce a specific 11 pin adapter for their range of devices. As stated above there is some interoperability between the S3/S4 generation.

Samsung Galaxy S4 MHL Cable (demo video)(also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S3)

Samsung Galaxy S3 MHL Cable (demo video) (also compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S4)

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 MHL Cable (demo video) (the same generation and adaptor as the Galaxy S3)

5-Pin MHL adaptor

The original MHL specification. Most devices use this standard. The Samsung Galaxy S2 was the first device with this connection and the adapter for this is universal across all 5 pin handsets. For this reason, many of the devices listed below used to have links to a Samsung MHL adapter, rather than one from their own manufacturer, as this was the most readily available.

The original Samsung adaptor we sold has been discontinued for some time. From 2015 we have this new 3rd party version which will cover the devices below and other 5 pin MHL compatible phones.

  • Huawei Ascend D1, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad, Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL, Huawei Ascend D2, Huawei Ascend P1, Huawei Ascend P1 S, Huawei Ascend P2
  • Alcatel One Touch 997, Alcatel One Touch 997A, Alcatel One Touch 997D, Alcatel One Touch 998
  • Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Note

Sony Xperia Z MHL connectivity demo video

HTC One MHL connectivity demo video

MHL 3.0

In August 2013, the MHL consortium announced the specification for MHL 3.0. Continuing the improvements to 2.0 that brought powered MHL, version 3.0 has support for 4K video (2160p@30fps). The full list of improvements is below:

  • 4K (Ultra HD): Support of 4K formats up to 2160p30
  • Simultaneous high-speed data channel
  • Improved Remote Control Protocol (RCP) with new commands
  • HID support for peripherals such as a touch screen,keyboard and mouse
  • Higher Power charging up to 10W
  • Backward compatible with MHL 1 and MHL 2
  • Latest HDCP 2.2 content protection
  • Enhanced 7.1 surround sound with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD
  • Connector agnostic – uses as few as five pins
  • Support for simultaneous multiple displays

Other accessories that offer MHL capability

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock. Also compatible with Samsung Galaxy S3.

There was a similar product for Sony handsets called the LiveDock, but this has now been discontinued.

Handsets that you may expect to have MHL, but don’t

MHL is a relatively new standard when it comes to its inclusion with smartphones, so you could be forgiven for expecting it to be included with newly released handsets. however, some new handsets do not include it, but use other standards such as SlimPort, which we explain here. Here are a list of those that we are aware of that do not use MHL and the equivalent standard that they do use.

LG Nexus 4 – SlimPort

LG Nexus 5 – SlimPort

LG Nexus 6 – SlimPort

LG G2 – SlimPort

LG G3 – SlimPort

BlackBerry devices – SlimPort

Sony Xperia T White–Due Next Week

White Xperia T coming very soon

The Sony Xperia T or James Bond Phone as it is known has to date has only been available in Black to date, but as of next week we will have it available in White as well, if you prefer this colour.

For more information or to order in white now for delivery next week, CLICK HERE.

Xperia T 4.0.4 update rolling out, adds Miracast compatibility

imageSony has just announced that the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 update is now rolling out for the Xperia T and Xperia TX in European and Asian markets. 

The most noticeable part of the update is Miracast compatibility. This was recently announced as part of the specification of the new Nexus range and enables the sharing of your device’s screen with other Miracast devices, such as Miracast enabled TVs. However, as SlashGear has recently pointed out, there are at the moment only a handful on Miracast compliant devices at the moment.

Another impressive part of the Xperia T update is improvement of battery standby time by up to four times. When the device has been asleep for a few minutes, Wi-Fi and data traffic will be automatically turned off and most apps will become inactive. This will not however affect the handsets ability to receive calls and text messages when in standby mode.

There’s also an update to Sony’s media apps included with the 4.0.4 update.

Via Android Community

Sony confirms Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for Xperia T, Xperia S and most other 2012 Xperias, coming 2013.

Sony has confirmed via its product blog that the majority of its 2012 Xperia line-up will be updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The first updates will begin rolling out in Q1 2013.

The first to get the upgrade will be the Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V, with Sony approximating a rollout beginning ‘mid Q1 2013’.

The other handsets that will be upgraded to Jelly Bean are: Xperia S, Xperia acro S, Xperia ion, Xperia go and Xperia J. A timeframe has not yet been provided, but given the updates for the T and other devices is scheduled for mid-Q1, a reasonable expectation for the other devices would be early to mid Q2.

Sony has also confirmed that its 2011 range will not be updated to Jelly Bean:

We were glad to provide the Android 4.0.4 upgrade for our 2011 Xperia portfolio across most markets and the majority of models but, after thorough evaluation, we have concluded they will not be upgraded beyond Ice Cream Sandwich.

Beyond Ice Cream Sandwich we would not able to guarantee owners of these smartphones the user experience you expect and we demand. We will however, continue to support all these products with firmware maintenance releases.

We’ll let you know as soon as any of the Jelly Bean updates are rolling out.

Via Eurodroid

Sony Xperia T is HD Voice certified

imageSony yesterday posted on its product blog to raise awareness of the fact that the Xperia T is HD Voice certified. 

HD Voice technology lessens background noise while improving the sound quality of the human voice. There’s a sound clip here that demonstrates the difference between a handset with and without it.

To take advantage of HD Voice technology, you will need to use a network operator that supports it. In the UK that is Three, Orange and T-Mobile.

We’ve got more stock of the SIM-free Sony Xperia T due to arrive at Clove next week.

Via Android Central

TV Cable for Sony Xperia T

So you might have obtained a Sony Xperia T and have heard you can connect it to a HD display, but are wondering how you do it.

Simply put you need the following adapter: http://www.clove.co.uk/samsung-official-mhl-adaptor-eia1uhunbecstd

At the time of writing Sony have not released their own adapter and this one from Samsung will allow you to connect your Xperia T to a HD screen.

Connect the adapter to a power supply, connect a HDMI cable from the HD display to the adapter and then connect the microUSB connection on the adapter to the Sony Xperia T.

Be aware that you need the adapter that works with the Samsung Galaxy S II an Samsung Galaxy Note.  The adapter for the Galaxy S III and Note II does not work with the Xperia T.

Sony Xperia T stock delayed until 22nd October


UPDATE 12/10: Stock delayed until 29th October.

We posted earlier this week to say that we will be receiving more SIM-free stock of the Sony Xperia T. The good news is that this still stands, the bad news is that it will arrive slightly later than expected. We had expected stock to arrive next Monday (15th October), but this has been delayed by a week and is now due on Monday 22nd October Monday 29th .

Being the official smartphone for the new James Bond movie, Skyfall, it is quite fitting that the Xperia T has been somewhat elusive so far. We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve got it in stock and ready for sale.

Sony Xperia T USB Hosting

The Sony Xperia T has USB Hosting

A video showing how USB hosting working on the Sony Xperia T.

Sony Xperia T Hardware Comparison

See how the Sony Xperia T compares in size to some of the other leading smartphones on the market.

More Xperia T stock due early next week

imageUpdate 11/10: Unfortunately we have now heard that there will be a slight delay and stock will arrive on Monday 22nd October

We’re pleased to let you know that we are now expecting more stock of the Sony Xperia T to arrive early next week.

We did have some very limited stock arrive last month, but unfortunately we were unable to fulfil all orders. However, more stock is now on its way, so if you missed out last time, be sure to snap one up.

The Xperia T is the official handset for the new James Bond film, Skyfall, which is due to be released later this month. Check out our video review of the handset below, or click here to see all the latest Xperia T content that we’ve produced so far.