Devices that supports Video over USB C – Compatibility

USB-C is a mess of confusion that can leave even the savviest tech geek scratching their head. Even though it’s been around for a few years, there’s still a lot of confusion surrounding USB-C. It was supposed to be a universal connector, bridging together phones, computers, power supplies, and accessories. But there’s one big issue holding it back. The number of hardware manufacturer in a rush for competition just replaced the connector but left the backplane on older USB and even 2.0 The protocol, or specification, determines what the cable can transfer and how fast it can send it.

   We at PIBOX India are often faced with questions related to compatibility and this article will attempt to comprehensively address the same. 

USB C – Its just a connector. The actual speeds depends on the backplane your device supports and hence the funcionality.

    There’s one big issue holding it back. The USB-C name refers to the physical shape of the connector, not the protocol. Even though two cables can have the same physical connector, what’s happening on the inside can be very different. The protocol, or specification, determines what the cable can transfer and how fast it can send it. Type C is just the shape of the connector, not the USB standards and protocols. This doesn’t be get into the face that Type-C can be USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1Gen1, 3.1Gen2 or Thunderbolt 3. All with different data transfer rates and power capabilities.

      Below is a easier method to find out if your Phone / Laptop has the required ability for supporting Video out, Power Delivery and newer features.

This document will help you understand if your device supports USB C features and if our PiBOX India connectors will be useful.

Jump to the respective device section to validate your capability. 

MOBILE PHONES / TABLETS

Below steps will help you understand if your mobiles have the USB capability. 

Lets address some common assumptions before we get started:

  1. If a smartphone has a USB C connector – Will HDMI or USB C features work – NO. It will depend on the your devices backplane – motherboard capability. (More Details below on how to check your device capabielities)
  2. Can you update your phone / Install an APP to get the functionality – Unfortunately NO. Its a hardware capability to support USB 3.1 to get the video out.

SMARTPHONES & TABLETS - Capability Check Steps

SMARTPHONES & TABLETS - Self Capability Check

     A number of mobile manufacturers are adding USB C port for better compatibility but they have not updated the backplane to USB 3.1 speeds. Infact a number of mobile manufacturers have a very very old USB 2.0 speed which does not support video out. [ This is a old 2004 technology and still manufacturers use them]

Your Mobile has a USB C port – Does it mean it supports USB C Features such as Video Out(USB-C to HDMI, Ethernet & Power Delivery?

      NO. Only flagship models of Samsung Galaxy S8 or above (Non lite version), Samsung Note 8 or above, One plus 7  or higher models supports video out via usb c as they have USB C Back-plane.

 phones models of: REDMI, xiaomi, POCO, REALME,, OPPO, VIVO,Lenovo, LG, Motorola, HTC, nokia (oTHER MANUFACURERS NOT IN THIS LIST- CHECK BELOW) NOT capable of Video out /USB C features. 

Oneplus – 6T or  lower versions – are NOT capable of Video out / USB C features

Samsung – Lite version of Galaxy S10, other Non flagship models – M series(M31,M40 etc), A-series(A31,A21 etc) – are NOT capable of Video out / USB C features

SEE DETAILED procedure to validate compatibility BELOW

 

Capability Check - DIY self Assessment

    Manufacturers do not disclose the information on the motherboard straight there are a lot of resources available where we can see the capabilities of the mobile if its capable of USB C(3.1 or higher) or if its older USB 2.0. 

Method1:-  GSMARENA specification site

  1. Go to https://www.gsmarena.com/
  2. Search your phone model on the site and go to specifications
  3. Scroll to: COMMS section- Look for USB: If its 2.0 then your phone has USB 2.0 backplane. Please note that the connector type might show as C which is the metal connector and not the back-plane as mentioned above)

Method2:-https://www.devicespecifications.com/ site:

  1. Go to https://www.devicespecifications.com/
  2. Search your phone model on the site and go to specifications
  3. Go to USB Section and look for the version. If its 2.0 then your phone has USB 2.0 backplane. Please note that the connector type might show as C which is the metal connector and not the backplane as mentioned above)

(To cross verify you can search for Oneplus 7 or Samsung 8 on the same site to compare the outcome)

You can also see the full list of phones that supports video out via USB c from the wiki site that’s available. 

 

 

Complete Smartphone - Support List

Smartphones: (Data from: https://en.everybodywiki.com/index.php?title=List_of_devices_with_video_output_over_USB-C&section=3#Smartphones)

             As Android and the now-defunct Windows 10 Mobile are mobile operating systems, most manufacturers do not include support for wired video output. Even if support is present, it may not be prominently indicated on a device’s specification list.

HTC, Samsung, Huawei have supported DisplayPort on most of their flagship HTC U series, Samsung Galaxy S series, Samsung Galaxy Note series, Huawei Mate series, Huawei P series phones.

LG formerly supported DisplayPort on their LG G series and LG V series phones, but dropped support in the G6, G7, V35, V40 phones. With the December 2018 software update, LG enabled DisplayPort output in G7, V35, V40 phones. 

Samsung’s DeX mode, Huawei’s Easy Projection, and Microsoft’s Continuum allow phones to offer a PC-like experience. In addition to regular screen mirroring, they allow apps to be used in multiple windows with a desktop-like interface when connected to an external display with keyboard and mouse.[24][25]

The gaming-oriented smartphones, ROG Phone and Razer Phone, support DisplayPort. The ROG Phone, when connected to the Mobile Desktop Dock, outputs 4K UHD video through HDMI and DisplayPort. Razer’s Project Linda, a work-in-progress concept, allows a docked phone to power a laptop and run apps on a larger screen, with the phone acting as a touchpad or second screen for custom interfaces.

The upcoming Android Q will introduce a native desktop mode.[26]

A bug introduced in Android Oreo has resulted in performance issues (unreliable video/audio). This bug affects phones running stock Android (Razer Phone and Essential Phone) that have been updated from Android Nougat to Oreo.[27]

On devices with no native DisplayPort support, the DisplayLink Presenter app, when used with adapters and docking stations with DisplayLink chipsets, can provide limited screen mirroring functionality.[28] However, as a third-party solution, playback of HDCP-encrypted video content might be disabled.[29]

 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 plugged into the DeX docking station. Monitor is displaying the PowerPoint and Word Android applications.
Comparison of support for DisplayPort Alt Mode by various brands
BrandInitial supportModelsComments
HTC2016U seriesEarly adopter. Provides consistent support (at least 3 flagship models).
LG2016G series, V seriesEarly adopter. Dropped support in 2017-2018, but re-enabled support in 2019.
Huawei2017Mate series, P seriesProvides consistent support (at least 3 flagship models). Has desktop mode.
Samsung2017Galaxy S series, Galaxy Note seriesProvides consistent support (at least 3 flagship models). Has desktop mode.
Asus2018ROG Phone seriesProvides consistent support on ROG Phone series (at least 3 flagship models), but little support on other series.
OnePlus2019OnePlus seriesLate adopter.
Currently support – 7/7 Pro, 8/8 Pro (as of Aug 2020)
Sony2019Xperia 1 series, Xperia 5 seriesLate adopter. Little support on other series.
Currently support – Xperia 1, 5, 1 II (as of Aug 2020)
Oppo2018(see below)Irregular, little to no support for both flagship & non-flagship series.
Xiaomi(see below)Has not supported any flagship or non-flagship series.
(need to check support for Black Shark series)
Device nameDesktop ModeDevice typeOperating systemRelease date
Asus ZenFone 3 Ultra [31]smartphoneAndroid2016
Asus ZenFone AR
Asus ZenFone Ares (rebranded Taiwan variant of ZenFone AR) [32]
smartphoneAndroid2017
Asus ROG PhoneMobile Desktop Dock, TwinView Dock, WiGig® DocksmartphoneAndroid2018
Asus ROG Phone IIMobile Desktop Dock, TwinView Dock, WiGig® DocksmartphoneAndroid2019
Asus ROG Phone IIMobile Desktop Dock, TwinView Dock, WiGig® DocksmartphoneAndroid2019
Asus ROG Phone 3Mobile Desktop Dock, TwinView Dock, WiGig® DocksmartphoneAndroid2020
BlackBerry Key2 [33]smartphoneAndroid2018
BQ Aquaris X2 [34]smartphoneAndroid2018
Essential Phone [lower-alpha 1] [35]smartphoneAndroid2017
HTC 10 [36]smartphoneAndroid2016
HTC U Ultra [37]smartphoneAndroid2017
HTC U11
HTC U11+ [38]
smartphoneAndroid2017
HTC U12+ [39]smartphoneAndroid2018
HTC U19e [40]smartphoneAndroid2019
HTC Exodus 1smartphoneAndroid2018
Huawei Mate 10
Huawei Mate 10 Pro [41]
Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2017
Huawei Mate 20
Huawei Mate 20 X
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2018
Huawei Mate XEasy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2019
Huawei Mate XsEasy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2020
Huawei P20
Huawei P20 Pro
Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2018
Huawei P30
Huawei P30 Pro
Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2019
Huawei P40
Huawei P40 Pro
Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2020
Huawei Honor Note 10 [42]Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2018
Huawei Honor View 20 [43]Easy ProjectionsmartphoneAndroid2018
LG G5smartphoneAndroid2016
LG G6
LG G6+ (with Dec 2018 update)
smartphoneAndroid2017
LG G7
LG G7+ (with Dec 2018 update)
smartphoneAndroid2018
LG G8smartphoneAndroid2019
LG Q8smartphoneAndroid2017
LG V20smartphoneAndroid2016
LG V30
LG V30+
smartphoneAndroid2017
LG V35
LG V35+ (with Dec 2018 update)
smartphoneAndroid2018
LG V40 (with Dec 2018 update)smartphoneAndroid2018
LG V50smartphoneAndroid2019
LG V60smartphoneAndroid2020
OnePlus 7smartphoneAndroid2019
OnePlus 7 Pro[44]smartphoneAndroid2019
OnePlus 8smartphoneAndroid2020
OnePlus 8 Pro[45]smartphoneAndroid2020
OPPO R17 Pro (OPPO RX17 Pro in Europe)[46]smartphoneAndroid2018
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom[47]
Oppo Reno 5G[48]
smartphoneAndroid2019
Razer Phone [lower-alpha 1]smartphoneAndroid2017
Razer Phone 2 [lower-alpha 1]smartphoneAndroid2018
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung Galaxy S8+ [49]
Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2017
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9+ [50]
Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2018
Samsung Galaxy S10e
Samsung Galaxy S10
Samsung Galaxy S10+ [51]
Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2019
Samsung Galaxy S20
Samsung Galaxy S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra [52]
Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2020
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 [53]Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2017
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 [54]Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ [55]
Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2019
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra [56]
Samsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2020
Samsung Galaxy FoldSamsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2019
Samsung Galaxy Z FlipSamsung DeXsmartphoneAndroid2020
Sharp Aquos R5G [57]smartphoneAndroid2020
Smartisan R1 [58]smartphoneAndroid2018
Sony Xperia 1 [59]smartphoneAndroid2019
Sony Xperia 1 II [60]smartphoneAndroid2020
Sony Xperia 5smartphoneAndroid2019
Xiaomi Black Shark 2smartphoneAndroid2019
ZTE Axon 9 ProsmartphoneAndroid2018
ZTE Axon 10 ProsmartphoneAndroid2019
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL [61]
Continuum with Microsoft Display DocksmartphoneWindows 10 Mobile2015
HP Elite x3 [62]Continuum with HP Desk Dock, HP Lap DocksmartphoneWindows 10 Mobile2016
Acer Liquid Jade PrimoContinuum with Acer Display DocksmartphoneWindows 10 Mobile2016

 

USB Speeds compared

 

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LAPTOPS

  1. If a Laptop / Tablet has a USB C connector Will HDMI or USB C features work – NO. It will depend on the your devices backplane – motherboard capability. (More Details below)
  2. What is the easiest method to see if the laptop supports video out:- You should see a thunderbolt ⚡ or DP” icon on your laptop usb c port. Check the Logo next to your USB C port. If its just a USB icon or SS icon then it will not support usb c features. (More information below)

(General – MAC books since 2017 support Thunderbolt, Laptops that has the icon matching above supports video out and newer features but check the below steps to validate your device capability also)

Laptops and Notebooks - Capability Check Steps

Laptops- Self Capability Check

     A number of laptop manufacturers are adding USB C port for better compatibility but they have not updated the back plane to higher speeds that support video out.

     You should see a thunderbolt ⚡ or DP” icon on your laptop usb c port. Check the Logo next to your USB C port. If its just a USB icon or SS icon then it will not support usb c features. (More information below)

Below Chart explains the capability for your laptop:

 

 

Capability Check - DIY self Assessment

    Manufacturers do not disclose the information on the motherboard straight there are a lot of resources available where we can see the capabilities of the mobile if its capable of USB C(3.1 or higher) or if its older USB 2.0. 

Method1:-  Laptoparena specification site

  1. Go to https://www.laptoparena.net/laptop-finder
  2. Search your Laptop model on the site and go to specifications
  3. Scroll to:  section- Look for PORTS & INTERFACES:
  4. Check for Thunderbolt option or USB Type-C DisplayPort Alternate Mode

Example Below for Dell G3 3590: The port below is USB 3.1 (Gen1) which means it will not support high end features as MST / Gigabit ethernet etc but it supports Video out as it supports Alt DP.

 

Method2: https://noteb.com/ site:

  1. Go to https://noteb.com/
  2. Search your laptop model on the site and go to specifications
  3. Go to Chassis section
  4. Look for Thunderbolt or USB 3.2 or ALT+DP function.

Example Below: for Apple MacBook Pro 15 (2019): The port below is Thunderbolt which means it will support high end features of USB C and Gigabit ethernet etc. 

You can also see the full list of laptops that supports video out via USB c from the wiki site that’s available. 

 

 

Complete Laptops - Support List (Incomplete)

LAPTOPS: (Data from: https://en.everybodywiki.com/index.php?title=List_of_devices_with_video_output_over_USB-C)

             Below list is incomplete but will give you a guidance and use the DIY method above using LaptopArena and its more reliable. 

Desktops:

Device nameDevice typeOperating system
Apple iMac (Mid 2017) and newerAll-in-one PCmacOS
Apple iMac ProAll-in-one PCmacOS
Apple Mac Mini (Late 2018) and newerMini PCmacOS
Intel NUC[lower-alpha 1]NettopWindows
ASRock Thunderbolt 3 AICAICWindows 8-10[2]
Asus ThunderboltEX 3 Thunderbolt 3 AICAICWindows 8-10[3]
Gigabyte GC-ALPINE RIDGE (rev. 1.0)AICWindows 8-10[4]
Gigabyte GC-ALPINE RIDGE (rev. 2.0)AICWindows 8-10[5]
Gigabyte GC-TITAN RIDGE (rev. 1.0)AICWindows 10 RS3 or later[6]
MSI Thunderbolt M3 Thunderbolt 3 AICAICWindows 8-10[7]
  1.  The low-cost Intel i3 model (NUC7i3) supports just DP alternative mode and not both DP and TB3.
 

Laptops:

Device nameDevice typeOperating system
Apple MacBook Pro (Late 2016) and newerlaptopmacOS
Apple MacBook Air (Late 2018) and newerlaptopmacOS
Razer Blade Stealth Series (All)laptopWindows 10
Dell Latitude 7373, Dell Inspiron 5570laptopWindows 10
Dell Latitude 5490,5400 (2019)laptopWindows 10/Linux >= 4.19
Dell XPS 12 (9250)
Dell XPS 13 (9350, 9360, 9370)
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365)
Dell XPS 15 (9550, 9560, 9570)
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575)
laptopWindows 10/Ubuntu
HP EliteBook Folio G1laptopWindows 10
HP Spectre 13laptopWindows 10
HP ZbooklaptopWindows 10
HP Zbook StudiolaptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad E580[8]laptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad T470laptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad T470slaptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad T480laptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad T480slaptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2017)laptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2018)laptopWindows 10
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (2019)laptopWindows 10
Asus Zenbook 3laptopWindows 10
Acer Swift 5laptopWindows 10
MSI GS60 6QElaptopWindows 10
Gigabyte Aero 15xlaptopWindows 10
Gigabyte Aero 15 x9laptopWindows 10
Gigabyte Aero 15 y9laptopWindows 10

2-in-1 PCs:

Device nameDevice typeOperating system
HP Spectre x3602-in-1 convertibleWindows 10
HP Zbook Studio x3602-in-1 convertibleWindows 10
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (9365)
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 (9575)
2-in-1 convertibleWindows 10/Ubuntu
Huawei MateBook2-in-1 detachableWindows 10
Medion Akoya s44032-in-1 convertibleWindows 10
USB Speeds compared

 

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Conclusion:

   We at PIBOX India believe that you must get what you paid for and we understand that you may not have had the time to do all the research before your purchase and we hope this article helped you with the understanding.  We truly hope that Mobiles and Laptops natively support USB C and we go to the good old days of USB – “If it fits, it works“.

              You can return the unit for a full refund or you can contact pibox india support via whatsapp – 8072238441

 

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6 thoughts on “Devices that supports Video over USB C – Compatibility

  1. Subra Velu says:

    As I opened the box, I am surprised to read the box outside and find extra pleasant things inside. The adapter is supplied with a neat carry pouch and a small stand on which you can keep your adapter or the cell phone. A wonderful way to attend video calls on mobile in landscape format.
    The adapter works well and is available at about 1/7th of the cost of the same in the Apple Store. Yes. about 85% discount than the same adapter price in Apple. What’s more. The adapter is delivered to me fast on a Sunday even though it is a Deepavali celebration time.
    Once I move from WFH to office working, I am going to order one more of this so that I can connect the two HDMI monitors at the office on cable rather than wirelessly. I can use one or both USB-C to charge fast. The two USB (-1) connectors I can use to connect to USB headphones and charge mobile. Excellent value for money.

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