ASUS has released a video showing a new product they are preparing to launch, the ASUS Miracast Dongle. Similar to the Google Chromecast, the Miracast Dongle plugs into your television’s HDMI port to deliver content on the big screen. Using an appropriate device, like an ASUS tablet, users then make a wireless connection and configure their device. Unlike the Google Chromecast, ASUS says their Miracast Dongle will enable users to mirror their entire tablet screen to the big screen. At the same time, it appears ASUS has figured out a way to initiate a mirroring session from an app delivering content and then letting the user access other apps on their device while content continues to play. Another difference compared to the Google Chromecast is support for dual-band wireless at both 2.4GHz and 5GHz to help reduce latency in signal delivery.
According to reports, the Miracast Dongle will sell for 79€ ($106 USD) which is quite a bit more than the Google Chromecast. It appears the new device will support any ASUS tablet running Android 4.2 or higher and some Windows 8.1 devices, but it is not clear whether it will work with devices from other manufacturers. ASUS does list the Nexus 7 (2013) model as compatible with the Miracast Dongle. Check out the video below from ASUS showing the Miracast Dongle in action. No information is available on countries, markets or a release date for the device.