Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) has been an Android industry standard since 2011 as it lets you hook up your phones, tablets and other supported devices to your HDTVs through a simple adapter that connects to your phone via the microUSB port and then the HDMI slot to the TV. Many power users love this nifty little adapter and use it to increase the functionality of their devices.
The previous version of MHL i.e. MHL 2.0 was capable of outputting videos, games and other things from your phone to the TV in 1080p. But, yesterday the MHL consortium consisting of Nokia, Sony, Samsung, Toshiba and Silicon Image announced that a newer version is coming our way soon and that it will have many new goodies in it.
The biggest upgrade in the MHL 3.0 is the introduction of support for 4K displays. 4K TVs and monitors are really expensive at the moment and so only a few will benefit from this upgrade at this time but as the technology becomes cheaper and more common, this support is sure to come in handy. Apart from the support for video output of up to 4K or “Ultra HD”, there is also the added capability in the new standard for multiple displays.
In addition to that, audio is also getting a little boast thanks to the support for Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound and DTS and MHL 3.0 will be complying with the latest High Definition Content Protection Standard 2.2.
That was the increased capabilities of the audio and video departments but MHL has improved from its predecessor in other areas as well. An upgrade to the Remote Control Protocol should provide support to touch screens as well as mouse and keyboards. Power charging of up to 10 watts has been added which should be enough to provide battery to most of the tablets in the market. Backwards compatibility with MHL 1.0 and 2.0 is also there.
The MHL 3.0 standard is expected to be made available to manufacturers worldwide in early September so that they can start incorporating it into new phones though it is unlikely that we will see a phone making use of MHL 3.0 before the beginning of 2014.[Via: Android Police]