Understandably, the technology for this – being able to stream content from a smartphone to a HDTV through HDMI – is relatively new.
I toured around Funan DigitaLife Mall and enquired at five computer hardware/accessories stores but none of them carry this device. Granted, this was already announced back in Feb 2011, so expecting it to be in sold now is certainly not too far-fetched. Perhaps it’s the low demand, especially when Samsung Galaxy S II was the first device announced with this feature, and the phone is about over a month old since its release in Singapore, but I thought these shops would be hard at work at anticipating demand.
A quick check at Samsung Mobile Singapore Facebook reveals that these devices are on their way to shops here, and could be seen in stores sometime next week, but I was running a tournament this weekend at TGX ’11 and I needed the stuff now, so I’m lucky to be able to find it at Sim Lim Square.
But the device cannot work alone. You still need a HDMI cable to connect it to the HDTV.
The one I found was a third party version, because it includes an additional port for charging, which is not seen on the original device. This sets me back by S$47. There is another version that comes with HDMI (male) connector at the other end for S$10 more but the cable is only 1.5 metres long.
Luckily I was able to get 3-metre HDMI cable for S$25, so I decided to go for the one with HDMI (female) connector. If a third party version costs this much, how much would the official one cost?
Nevertheless, at S$70, it was a good buy. It worked instantly with my Full HD TV, although it seems to project 1080i only. The vivid colours of Samsung Galaxy S II is a bit washed down on the HDTV, but more importantly, there was no lag.
It may be expensive, but the setup is easy, no-fuss and no lag.