Analogix has unveiled a new line of SlimPort accessories for Google’s Nexus 4 smartphone. With a SlimPort, you can connect your Nexus 4 to an external display, such as an HDTV or monitor, via its micro USB port. The best part? It will simultaneously charge your phone, meaning that you won’t have to deal with the limitations of battery life.
Said Vice President of Marketing for Analogix Semiconductor Andre Bouwer, “Whether enjoying games, photos and videos your way or presenting to a large audience, SlimPort accessories add endless value to your smartphone. With robust camera technology, innovative apps like Google Now and Google Play running on Android 4.2, the Nexus 4 will hold it all. And when combined with SlimPort accessories you can use it all, wherever you go, on any screen, without running out of battery.”
The display-sharing device supports up to 8-channels of audio. Four SlimPort accessories are slated for release, allowing you to connect your Nexus 4 to either HDMI, VGA, DVI, or DisplayPort. So far only the SP1002 model (HDMI) has been released, and is available in the U.S. and Europe through Amazon for $29.99. Says the press release, other parts of the world will be seeing the accessories “soon”.
Because the Nexus 4 runs Android 4.2, it supports Miracast, which is another method for displaying the smartphone’s display on a monitor or TV. Miracast works via a wireless HDMI adapter. Analogix Semiconductors is a designer and manufacturer of semiconductors for a variety of products, including smartphones.