Alongside the announcements of the Galaxy S8 flagships and Gear 360 (2017) cam, Samsung unveiled one more thing, the Samsung DeX dock. This dock is meant to help Galaxy S8 and S8+ users to convert their phones into an Android-based PC.
The Samsung DeX is a wired dock which allows you to connect your Galaxy S8 flagship with an HDMI-compatible monitor along with keyboard and mouse for a PC-like experience. The team has optimized the software on the smartphone to take full benefit of the wider display and has also partnered with the likes of Microsoft and Adobe for releasing compatible apps.
The dock is the centerpiece of this whole new user experience which is also known as the DeX Station. It features two USB 2.0 ports, a USB Type-C power port, ethernet port, and a cooling fan. The fan is meant to prevent the dock from overheating issues.
It also supports Adaptive Fast Charging which keeps charging the connected Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ as the user keeps using it. While you can use Dex for using apps like Microsoft Office, Adobe Lightroom Mobile, and Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can’t run Windows apps and tools natively. For this functionality, you will have to rely on virtual desktop applications like VMware, Citrix, and Amazon Web Services.
There are now words on the pricing and availability details of the Samsung DeX yet.
Injong Rhee, CTO of Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics said,
“The smartphone has become the central point for the modern mobile professional, and when giving a presentation or editing documents remotely, it means they can work effectively using just their smartphone. We developed Samsung DeX with the highly mobile worker in mind, giving them a convenient and flexible desktop experience. With Samsung DeX, enterprise users can also be assured their smartphone and data are protected by the Samsung Knox security platform built into the smartphone. Samsung DeX redefines what a smartphone can do to keep mobile professionals productive.”