Samsung’s DeX Station dock lets you connect select Samsung phones to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard and use the phone as if it were a desktop PC.
But Samsung seems to have a new model on the way called the DeX Pad. It’ll do everything a DeX Station does… but it’s designed so that your phone lies down flat instead of standing up. And while the phone is docked, you can use it as a touchpad.
We heard about the DeX Pad earlier this year from a trademark filing. Now Evan Blass has posted some leaked photos showing what it’ll (probably) look like.
The dock lies flat on a table or desk and has a raised section with a USB Type-C connector that you can slide your phone into. There also appears to be a fan which could help keep the back of the phone from getting hot while in use.
The DeX Pad also has an HDMI port (for connecting an external display) a USB Type-C port, and two USB Type-A ports (which you can probably use to connect a keyboard, storage, or a mouse… if you don’t want to actually use your phone as a touchpad).
There’s still no word on how much the DeX Pad will cost or when it will be available for purchase. But Mobile World Congress is coming up at the end of the month.
I love the concept, but I’m not entirely convinced that I would use such a thing. I like the idea of a phone that doubles as a desktop computer, but I’m not convinced that Android is there yet.
My biggest outstanding complaint with Android is how it handles applications when low on RAM. A normal desktop OS has virtual memory, or page filing. Android just dumps background applications with no warning.
I don’t think Android is the right OS for this. Its a shame they didn’t just run ChromeOS in a virtual session when docked.
Samsung demoed Ubuntu running on a phone with the current Dex station.
Brad, if you ever do any testing on this… I’m very curious on how it handles USB-connected external storage. FAT32, NTFS, EXT4 at various sizes (if you have them available) from multiGigabytes to terabytes. Also very curious about mouse support – a trackpad is nice but I would really need a USB-connected and/or BT-connected mouse.
Right now, I’m guessing the DeX Pad is for specific Samsung devices. Haven’t considered a Samsung phone in a long while but this is… an interesting development. I wonder if Samsung will go full laptop-shell too at some point.
A shame that Android itself is so limiting and so intent on data-mining – it’s something to be considered/tackled separately.
I am not sure why they keep making these things. Phones are changed on average every two years. The odds are the next phone will not fit in this dock. With flagship phones already over $1,000 do they think a lot of people are going to spend even more to add the dock every two years?
It’s a standard USB-C connector. What makes you think the product pictured in this post won’t work on next year’s Galaxy S phone, or 2020’s Galaxy S phone?
Are you sure this is not a SEGA console from 1993?
Haha, I thought the same thing. When I saw the thumbnail on the homepage, I thought this was a new retro Sega Genesis
I have the current Dex Station. I don’t get this product. With the current model, you can reach the fingerprint sensor, and maybe could position the camera and iris sensors to catch your face. The new model kills all of that in favor of… a trackpad?
It’s for the CPU fan.
The current model also has a fan.
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