by Staff Writer
Samsung is turning a phone into a personal computer (PC).
The smartphone manufacturer has launched Samsung DeX, which provides an Android-based desktop-like experience. This enables users to seamlessly access apps, edit documents, browse the web, watch videos, reply to messages and more, directly from the smartphone on a larger display, keyboard, and mouse.
To start working, users simply insert their Samsung smartphone into the DeX Station, which connects the smartphone to an HDMI compatible monitor and connects to any Bluetooth-enabled, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse.
The company said in a statement that Samsung DeX is designed to improve productivity for mobile professionals while reducing the need to carry multiple computing devices.
Samsung is teaming up with Microsoft and Adobe to enable DeX compatibility with Microsoft Office and Adobe mobile apps, including Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile and Lightroom Mobile, allowing desktop-like functionality and a user interface previously unavailable from a smartphone.
For those mobile professionals and organisations that require access to Windows OS-based applications, Samsung DeX also allows users to access virtual desktops through partner solutions remotely and securely including Citrix, VMware, and Amazon Web Services.
“The smartphone has become the central point for the modern mobile professional, and when giving a presentation or editing documents remotely, it means they can work effectively using just their smartphone. We developed Samsung DeX with the highly mobile worker in mind, giving them a convenient and flexible desktop experience,” said Injong Rhee, CTO of the Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.
The DeX Station also features Adaptive Fast Charging (AFC) technology to charge your Samsung smartphone quickly while connected. The DeX Station will be available globally with the Galaxy S8 and may be offered as a packaged bundle depending on the region.