If you have ever wanted to turn your smartphone into a desktop experience (not just some janky lapdock thing), Samsung now has a solution for you. Called Samsung DeX, owners of the Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ can plug into a DeX dock wired to a desktop monitor, then have a full desktop experience powered by a smartphone.
To sum up what’s happening, you will place your Galaxy S8 into DeX, which is then connected to a desktop monitor, wireless keyboard, and wireless mouse. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ provide a reworked UI once hooked up, similar to what you might see on a Windows or Chrome OS desktop. Once it’s all connected, you can utilize a number of applications (web browsers, Adobe apps, etc) to get your work done, all with the Galaxy S8 and DeX.
The DeX Station features two USB 2.0 ports, ethernet, USB Type-C power-in and a cooling fan. DeX Station also features Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC) to charge your Galaxy S8 or S8+ while connected.
According to Samsung’s Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications Business, “Our collaboration with key partners such as Adobe and Microsoft was essential in the development of Samsung DeX, as they share our vision for building excellence in mobile productivity. 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.”
Samsung has yet to provide pricing or a release date, but does mention DeX may be offered in select Galaxy S8 and S8+ bundles, depending on region.
UPDATE: Samsung is currently offering up a pre-order for DeX at $149.99 through their own store. Shipping is scheduled for April.