MHL 3.0 announced, promises 4k support on your phone’s USB port

By Wednesday, August 21, 2013 0 , , Permalink 0

The Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) consortium has announced the latest version of its interface standard – version 3.0 – bringing in double the bandwidth as compared to MHL 2.0 as well as support for 4K (Ultra HD) video resolution alongside a wider colour gamut to TVs.

MHL is basically a 5-pin, single-cable HD video/digital-audio interface that can be used to connect smartphones and other such portable devices to High-Definition TVs as well as other HD capable devices. Version 3.0 can charge your devices at up to 10W, supports 7.1 surround sound as well as brings in support for multiple simultaneous displays while being compatible with older versions – MHL 2.0 and 1.0.

MHL 3.0 will allow users to play 4K mobile games on their TV screens that support 4K resolution without any lag. Unlike the previous version, the new one turns your smartphone into a desktop computer by allowing you to connect a mouse through the interface itself rather than Bluetooth.

The specification also allows the use of a car’s touchscreen controls to control the phone and place calls, play music from the phone, navigation using phone’s GPS among other things – all this while the phone is getting charged.

MHL 3.0 will be available for download from the Consortium’s website in September.