When the Nexus 4 was announced yesterday, there was one spec from the feature list that caught our eye. It’s called “SlimPort” and while it doesn’t quite have the “cool” factor of the Miracast wireless display, it does manage to get the job done in a more efficient way.
Using a technology developed by Analogix, you can use the Nexus 4′s micro USB port to output its display onto a television, monitor, or just about any display via a SlimPort accessory or DisplayPort cable (coming soon) but that’s not all. This new tech also allows the Nexus 4 to simultaneously charge and output its display, simplifying the whole process of getting your media from the Nexus 4 onto the big screen.
Analogix will be releasing a total of 4 SlimPort accessories in the coming weeks, but for now, the SP1002 HDMI connector is officially available for sale on Amazon (DVI, VGA and DisplayPort coming soon). It doesn’t run cheap, at $30, it’s not exactly an impulse buy. Still, for Android fans looking to snag a few Nexus essentials early, there’s no better time than right now.