Attempts to turn Android smartphone into a computer isn’t new, but somehow, Samsung made it a big thing. Or maybe it is a big deal because, Samsung DeX, the device that will enable the Android-based desktop experience, will turn the newly announced Galaxy S8 and S8+, and provide an experience that no other makers have done. To be honest, I almost dismissed as just another attempt to do so. However, in DeX’s case, docking the S8 or S8+ will enable seamlessly access to apps, edit documents, browse the web, watch videos, reply to messages and more, and doing so with a much larger display and the convenience offered by an actual keyboard and mouse.
But that’s not the magic of DeX, at least not all of it; the real draw here is, not only is the Android UI is optimized for use with peripherals like keyboard and mouse, but it is completely redesigned supporting multiple resizable windows, contextual menus, and even has a desktop version web browser, so you don’t have put up with mobile web pages (yay? I guess?). Ok, that’s also not the main draw either. At least, it isn’t to me. To me, the real attraction here his Samsung’s collaborations with Microsoft and Adobe which afford desktop-like functionality and user interface of Microsoft Office and Adobe mobile apps, including Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile and Lightroom mobile.
Additionally, Samsung DeX also allows you to remotely and securely access virtual desktops through partner solutions including Citrix, VMware, as well as Amazon Web Services. DeX itself connects up to an external monitor via HDMI, while peripherals can connect via Bluetooth, USB, or even RF. Speaking of which, the DeX station is required with a pair of USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet port, a USB Type-C power-in, and a cooling fan to keep its cool. Last but not least, DeX will also charge your Samsung S8 or S8+ while it is docked.