Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!

Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!
So, word is that — aside from a new Galaxy Tab S4 and a new Galaxy Note 9 — Samsung is also going to present an update for its DeX platform on August 9th. The rumors are unclear about whether it'll be a new piece of hardware or a software update, but we reckon it's the latter. Let's dive in the latest leaks and you'll see why.

Italian tech blog AndroidGalaxys got a hold of some exciting information about the future of DeX. There will be four great improvements to the platform and they will, reportedly, be announced alongside the Note 9 in a couple of weeks.

Let's take a look at these new features one by one:

Dual Mode


Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!

Up until now, when you plug your smartphone in the DeX Station or the DeX Pad, its display goes dim and all of your content is displayed on your external monitor. In essence, the smartphone turns into your tiny, tiny PC.

However, with the new DeX, you will be able to use the phone's display as a second screen! According to the leak, you will have the choice of either using it as an extension of your main display, with your mouse moving from one screen to the other, or use both for independent apps — like YouTube clips on your phone while you work on documents on the monitor.

S Pen support


Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!

Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!
OK, this is a big deal. The DeX Pad already has the ability to transform your phone into a touchpad for your mouse cursor. That way, if you happen to not have a mouse laying around, you'd still be able to get the PC experience with a makeshift mousepad.

With the release of the Note 9, the DeX platform will be updated to also work with the S Pen. You will have the choice of sliding that stylus across the phone's display to control the mouse cursor, but also use it to draw. The Note turns into a miniature drawing tablet, while you can look at the "big picture" on your monitor.

Samsung DeX on the Galaxy Tab S4


Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!

OK, this is the second time we hear that the Tab S4 will get DeX support. But this time around, the leak mentions something very, very interesting.

Allegedly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 will be able to enter DeX mode without the need of an external monitor. In other words, you'd be able to enjoy a desktop experience straight on the tablet screen without the need of lugging a large monitor around. How would that work? Will you still need the DeX Pad or will you be able to just connect your keyboard and mouse straight to the tablet? We can't say, but this leak has us excited and we hope it's true.

Awesome new features: Samsung DeX will be back with a vengeance!

Otherwise, if you do have a main monitor, you will be able to use the Tab S4 as a secondary screen in Dual Mode, as outlined above.

Get Linux on that thing!


Linux On DeX is a new platform, which will allow us to run full Linux distributions in a desktop environment. This may not mean much to the casual user but will definitely draw the attention of the poweruser crowd!

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Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Tab S4
  • Display 10.5" 1600 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 7300 mAh

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10 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

That Linux stuff looks like a killer feature ! You can finally do something productive with a smartphone.

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

This will be the starting point for mobile/stationary gaming to explode. Similar to Asus Rog extras to move content into bigger screen and rule those on lesser equipment. Being productive is number one but gaming will fund this forward into the future imo.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

for the first time I'm actually impressed with what samsung is bringing to the table as a new feature. all this just means is that the galaxy s10 is gonna be freaking crazy tbh

4. Rogerlebo

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I hope the new DeX supports 4k resolution (3840x2160)

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1424; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I would almost bet, 4K DeX will not be a thing until the next-next gen. hits the market. I. gen 1080, II. gen 2K, is it?

6. rshanberg

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

I haven't had a Samsung phone for a while, so I'm a bit uninformed when it comes to DeX. Can support for existing devices be added via software update, or is it hardware-based? I recently bought a Tab S3, and I'm wondering if it's possible to add DeX support.

7. DRS1977

Posts: 678; Member since: May 27, 2015

Samsung is killing it with DEX, highly impressed that they keep improving this thing. They need to make a wireless DEX station.

8. Eirik

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 26, 2018

Huawei Mate 10 pro got this option last year, P20 , Huawei MediaPad M5 also have it built in, why should Samsung need a dongle ala DEX to do the same ? You can use a usb-c dock on the Huawei without problem to get hdmi, usb ports, vga port and so on. I'm a Note8 user and miss this without a "Dex"

9. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Pros of DeX station/pad, cooling and allow extra dock for keyboard, mouse and external storage.

10. Arthurhkt

Posts: 721; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Galaxy Tab finally having DeX UI? Now that's worthy competitor with iPad, lite Windows 2 in 1 tablets and tablet form Chromebook.

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