Galaxy S9 rumored to launch with refreshed DeX dock


When the Samsung Galaxy S8 launched in April 2017, Samsung also launched the first generation of Samsung DeX. With DeX, users are able to plug their compatible Galaxy smartphone (S8, S8+, or Note 8) into the dock, then connect a display, mouse, and keyboard to create a powerful workstation. As smartphones become more powerful, they will be able to take on heavier workloads, and as they are becoming more expensive, who is to say that they should not take a more prominent role in our day-to-day computing?

Alongside the expected launch of the Samsung Galaxy S9 early in 2018, Samsung is rumored to launch an updated version of the DeX dock. Venturebeat has reported that Samsung is going to be launching the new model with a new form factor to allow the phone to be placed flat, rather than standing up at an angle. Doing so will allow you to easily use the phone as a touchpad, a feature that is already available but which is rather cumbersome to use because of the orientation of the phone. It could also be utilized as a virtual keyboard, reducing the reliance on using 3rd-party peripherals. The new dock will reportedly be backwards-compatible with this year's S8, S8+, and Note8. Hopefully, if a new model of the DeX is on the horizon, it will bring other improvements that we mention in our review like the inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack and improved multitasking. 

If you have used DeX before, we would appreciate it if you could tell us your experience with it, and if this would be a worthy upgrade over last year's model.


Source: Venturebeat

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10 Comments

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3166; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

DeX is a good start but Continuum is still a better system with the exception of having multiple windows open. The task switcher is effective but not a perfect solution. Google needs to have more DeX-compatible apps for this to work. As it stands, there are more Continuum-ready apps than DeX, which would be a first for Microsoft. In fact, if you remove the Microsoft DeX apps, there are less than a handful of apps that can run in the desktop environment. For those who've never used DeX or Continuum, running an app on a mirrored display is not the same thing, by a long shot.

3. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

"DeX is a good start but Continuum is still a better system with the exception of having multiple windows open." Reviews beg to differ: https://m.windowscentral.com/samsung-dex-microsoft-continuum https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/2/15495036/samsung-dex-station-galaxy-s8-review-desktop-dock "The task switcher is effective but not a perfect solution. Google needs to have more DeX-compatible apps for this to work. As it stands, there are more Continuum-ready apps than DeX, which would be a first for Microsoft. In fact, if you remove the Microsoft DeX apps, there are less than a handful of apps that can run in the desktop environment." Uhm, vast majority of Android apps can run in the Desktop Environment as a floating window. Do some research before posting...

4. Big_D5

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

I use Dex everyday at work I am using it now to type this post. It works great for most tasks with few limitations. The first improvement Dex needes in my opinion is to be usable with any case. Having to use samsung cases or no case at all is a big drawback. As for the proposed changes to Dex. I would have to try it to see if it benefits me. I am not sure how much I would use the track pad feature when I have a mouse sitting right here. I feel the screen is to small to be used as the keyboard.

5. Rogerlebo

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

Dex supports only 1920x1080 screen resolution. Would be a lot more valuable with 4K screen resolution.

6. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Why do you need 4K to get your daily tasks done? Samsung isn’t touting this as some replacement for high end computers.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And If you have a 4k monitor, you should also have a computer right beside it :v

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Use it every day in the office. Love it. Only request I have is for a headphone jack in the base.

9. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

This second iteration is sounding like it'll be kinda like a portable USB C hub/dongle...

10. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

This second Dex iteration seems cool. I can’t wait to see what all else the S9 brings to the table.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just forget that dock and make it simple like Mate10, it just need USB-C to HDMI adaptor, and that's it.. (but active cooling in DeX is useful though :-/)

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