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Samsung Galaxy S II First to Flaunt MHL Port

Written on February 23, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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The Consortium has spoken and the Samsung Galaxy S II heralds the arrival of the MHL.

We’re already impressed with the S II as it is, but one tiny detail about Samsung’s latest phone went under our noses during the Mobile World Congress that’s probably just as important as the next feature, and that’s the port. The II is the first smartphone to ever have the said port which switches the phone into USB data or audio/ modes. A special 5-wire micro-USB to HDMI cable is provided to let you send and audio to HDMI displays. The cable also allows you to charge your smartphones to HDMI-enabled televisions, although no television is capable of doing that yet, perhaps in Q2 of 2011.

The MHL project was first announced way back in 2008 with the approval of a consortium that is composed of , Samsung, , Silicon Image, and .

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