So here’s the problem… the Samsung SIII uses a special 11-Pin micro USB input, and while it’s possible to connect to a HDMI screen via the Samsung Galaxy S3 MHL/HDMI Adaptor (definitions: Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) / HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)), it seems we cannot connect our OTG (definitions: USB On-The-Go), because there needs to be an extra input/output (microUSB) port in order to plug it in… so began the quest of a friend of mine & me to find a solution!
Here’s what we found….
Samsung Galaxy S® III uses an 11-pin micro USB input, which allows it to support MHL output and USB on-the-go input simultaneously – an improvement over 5-pin capability. This means that customers can take advantage of new functions for accessories that are not supported by a 5-pin micro USB connector, allowing a deeper convergence between the Galaxy S III smartphone and a HDTV.
To ease this transition and to allow for greater innovation with Samsung accessories, Samsung Mobile will offer a 5-pin to 11-pin MHL Cable Adapter that will allow the original Samsung HDTV Smart Adapter to function properly with U.S. models of the Galaxy S III, as well as future Samsung premium smartphones. In addition, Samsung is offering consumers the ability to purchase the new adapter separately, or to bundle it with the original HDTV Smart Adapter. Our goal in offering these MHL adapter solutions is to provide consumers with the newest accessory technology while ensuring the highest level of device compatibility.
11 Pin HDTV Adapter for Galaxy S III: http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/mobile/mobile-phones/mobile-accessories/EPL-3FHUBEGCAN?subsubtype=others-multimedia (Watch content that’s stored or streaming on your Samsung Galaxy SIII, such as videos, on your TV with this HDTV adapter.)
Samsung Galaxy S III to Require New MHL Adapters: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/06/11/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-to-require-new-mhl-adapters/
Someone even attempted to take it apart: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1811435&page=4
OTG+MHL? Maybe (anyone taken an MHL adapter (or 11pin to 5pin converter) apart yet?)
“Thinking about ordering this 11 pin MHL cable off ebay (ebay com/ itm/ Sam-sung-Galaxy-S3-SIII-i9300-MHL-Micro-USB-11pin-HDTV-HDMI-male-Adapter/…….) to do some testing with or at least find out if that USB port has more than just the power wires connected (the pins are there on the USB connector if you look at the close up but who knows if they’re attached through the HDMI part and all the way to the MHL adapter).”
Here’s a Photo Gallery
Samsung’s Photo Gallery: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones-accessories/EPL-3FHUBEGSTA-gallery
Galaxy S III New MHL Connector Also Enables USB On the Go: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/06/29/galaxy-s-iii-new-mhl-connector-also-enables-usb-on-go/
Samsung HDTV Adapter solutions:
· 5-pin to 11-pin MHL Cable Adapter – $9.99*
· HDTV Smart Adapter w/ 5-pin to 11-pin MHL Cable Adapter – $39.99*
· HDTV Adapter (11-pin) – $39.99*
OEM Samsung MHL 5 Pin to 11 Pin Adapter Plug, SSA-EPL-FU10BEB – Black: http://www.accessorygeeks.com/samsung-mhl-5-pin-to-11-pin-adapter-plug-ssa-epl-fu10beb-blk.html
The Mobile Fun Connection Kit for Samsung Galaxy S3: http://www.mobilefun.com/35462-mobile-fun-connection-kit-for-samsung-galaxy-s3.htm
Labels: Samsung GALAXY SIII, Samsung GALAXY S III, HDMI, MHL, OTG, Samsung GALAXY S3, MHL HDMI, OTG, USB On-The-Go
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PS. the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) works great!