Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users won't need DeX to get the core desktop experience

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 users won't need DeX to get the core desktop experience
Samsung has been pretty thorough before announcing a new product on the market, which is why we're a bit surprised to learn that an accessory mandatory for those looking to get a desktop experience with their Samsung flagships will become unnecessary in some cases, namely the DeX Pad.

According to sources familiar with Samsung's plans, the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 won't need a DeX Pad to offer users the core desktop experience. The accessory that allows those who own recent Galaxy and Note series flagships to connect their phones to monitors, as well as add keyboard and mouse, will not be required for the Galaxy Note 9 any longer.

All you'll need to connect your Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to a bigger display would be a simple USB Type-C cable and display port adapter. However, without the docking station, you won't be able to charge the phone at the same time, nor add peripherals like a keyboard or mouse unless you're using Bluetooth.

Also, the DeX Pad is also cooling down the smartphone while it's switched to Desktop mode, something that will not be possible with the Galaxy Note 9. It's unclear why Samsung took this decision, but it looks like the dockless solution for the Galaxy Note 9 comes at the expense of some benefits.

Still, it's quite possible that the Galaxy Note 9 will be fully compatible with the DeX Pad, so those who don't like compromises might still get one. The same goes for those who already own one and will get the Galaxy Note 9 when it launches next month.

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2960 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI



13. tokuzumi

Posts: 2026; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

You can do this already with adapters on Amazon

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just like Mate 10 Pro? It's funny that you didn't even mention that phone on article, lol..

8. talon95

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

People already have USB-C hubs for Ultrabooks. I've always said there's no reason it shouldn't work with them. They have all the ports of a DEX for minimal cost and smaller size. Other manufacturers already support it so Samsung better catch up.

7. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Good. If you actually want this desktop mode to work, it needs to be as unfiddly as possible. Low latency wireless connection to an LCD is needed now. (Chromecast having a significant delay to it) If the phone worked on wireless charging, or had a second USB port. And then, it delivers a desktop Chrome OS.

3. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Kinda need the full meal deal here. I can't see it not being available for the N9 as well. It'd be silly not to allow that feature being a business type of phone first off. It'll get dex support.

2. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Made DeX obsolete.

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7674; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

No you Apple moron, USBC made it obsolete. Plus there is a ton of USBC hubs now. So you can just buy a USBC hub, plug your keyboard, mouse, and monitor into that hub. It's not only the note, but most USBC supported flagships also support that configuration. So you could plug in an Xperia XZ2 or Pixel smartphone into that same USBC hub configuration, and get the same results. Try that on your slow lightning ports. Well don't bother because the lightning ports are too slow.

9. delta

Posts: 80; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

In fact you can't do that on xz2 and pixel, they don't support usbc to hdmi like the s8/9 or note8/9, lg v30, g5, htc u11, certain Huawei phones, manufacturers are very unclear when it comes to speak clearly about this feature even if they have usbc 3.1 like the xz2, it's possible that they can't connect to hdmi. The majority don't support that, like op6, xiaomi flagships, zenfone 5z, nokia flagships, sony flagships, lg g7...and so on, and so on...sad but true.

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2967; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Can you show me some online instructions on how to connect the XZ2 or the Pixel 2 to an external display via USBC port/HUB? (the two phones that you listed doesn't support external displays via usbc you dumb***k.

1. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'd rather get myself a Dex Pad to cool the phone while it's connected than have a Samsung Galaxy Boom 2

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7674; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is the author either doesn't realize or that USBC supports charging as well as both output and input from the one port. A USBC port with USB 3.1 throughput can support a screen, keyboard, mouse, and more from one USBC port. Oh, btw there is a lot of USBC hubs already on the market. So this makes sense that you won't need a dex pad. Although the dex pad has a nice spot to seat the Notes.

6. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

"...Samsung Galaxy Boom 2" Wow. That was corny as hell.

11. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

you're welcome :D

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