USB-C to HDMI Cables Are on the Way

By Tom Pritchard on at

With USB-C taking over as the standard port on all our gadgets, offering up power, data transfer, and so on. Now you can all add one more thing to that list, because USB-C/HDMI compatibility is coming.

You won't suddenly find yourself buying a TV with USB-C ports all over the back, but it does mean you'll be able to plug a USB-C device (like your phone) into the TV without having to rely on any adaptors or dongles. Using a method called HDMI Alt Mode, manufacturers will start producing cables with USB-C at one end and regular HMDI at the other. You have to plug it in and let it do its thing.

There is one drawback, though. These cables support HMDI 1.4b rather than the newer HDMI 2.0b. This isn't a huge deal, since 1.4b has support for things like 4K video, 3D, HDMI-CEC and Audio Return Channel. It does, however, mean that Ultra HD 4K with HDR is not. That probably won't be a problem with content on your phone, but it's worth keeping in mind if you are lucky enough to have an expensive 4K HDR TV.

So if you've got a slightly newer phone, and you're not keen on wirelessly beaming content over to your TV, you're about to be very happy. [Engadget]