The first iPhone had a Samsung ARM 11 CPU running at 412 MHz and 128MB RAM. One decade later, we have smartphones that are far more powerful: the iPhone X has a hexa-core Apple A11 Bionic CPU with six cores running at 2.4 GHz each, and 3GB of RAM. And by pure force, it’s not even the fastest processor – Samsung’s Galaxy S8 series is capable of even more calculations per second. Today’s smartphones have more processing power than many desktop and laptop computers still used in offices around the world and are more than capable of handling many usual office tasks – and even more. Just take a look at the wide variety of mobile gaming from your smartphone device, ranging from simple casual games like those at the Red Flush to complex MMOs, shooter and racing games available on them. So why shouldn’t we use them as desktop computers?
And this is where Samsung’s DeX comes into the picture.
A pocket-sized desktop
To harness the power of a smartphone in a way similar to how you would do with a desktop computer, you need to connect it to a large screen, a keyboard, and a mouse. And this is what the Samsung DeX Station does. It combines a docking station with a charger and a cooler to keep your phone fed and cold at the same time. Besides, it comes with an HDMI port, two USB-A 2.0 ports, a USB type-C port, and a LAN Ethernet port for increased productivity.
But the real magic is beyond the hardware.
Your favorite apps on a big screen
When you connect your Samsung Galaxy S8/Note8 phone to the DeX Station, the phone goes into DeX (Desktop Experience) mode. This looks and feels almost exactly like your usual desktop interface, no matter if it’s Windows, Mac OS X or Linux – actually, it’s almost identical to the desktop environment of Chrome OS. The Android apps supporting DeX scale up to handle the larger screen, and can be interacted with by using a keyboard and a mouse.
Among the apps that already support DeX, you’ll find quite a few Google services – like Gmail, YouTube, Drive, Photos, Play Music, and many others – along with Microsoft’s Office suite, a series of Adobe apps, VPN and remote desktop clients, AutoCAD Mobile, Twitch, Spotify, and many others. And games, too – Vainglory, Lineage 2 Revolution, and The Tribez, with more content probably following in the future.
With this dock, you will be able to use your smartphone as an office computer, a home entertainment center, a gaming platform, and as a desktop computer in general. It will help you become more productive and bring your favorite apps and games to a big screen. Is this the future of personal computing?