With the Galaxy S8 lineup, Samsung introduced the DeX Station, an accessory that turns the phone into a computer. With the upcoming Galaxy S9 series, the company will reportedly launch a new version of the docking station that will feature an improved design, and pack more functions.
Based on a tweet by @evleaks, the new docking accessory will be called ‘DeX Pad’, and it will launch alongside the Galaxy S9 smartphone. Instead of holding the phone vertical, the docking pad will hold it flat. What will also make it more practical to use is that it will potentially allow the phone’s screen to be used as a touchpad. This will negate the need for a separate mouse. You will only have to connect a keyboard and a display to start using the phone as a computer.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) February 8, 2018
The docking pad will continue to feature USB-C power, two USB-A ports, and an HDMI out for a display. Based on the images, the dock also appears to include a vent system to prevent heating of the device while being used as a computer.
It is worth mentioning that similar concepts are being explored to leverage a smartphone’s potential to work as a computer. At the recently concluded CES 2018, Razer introduced Project Linda, which is essentially a laptop that works as a dock station for the Razer Phone. The phone here becomes the trackpad for the laptop that holds it. Even as smartphones today pack as much RAM as a basic computer, their use as pseudo computers is yet to catch up.
Meanwhile, Samsung is going to unveil the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC 2018) which starts from February 26. The successors to the Galaxy S8 range are expected to continue with the 18:9 design language but improve upon other innards. The duo is said to be one of the first to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 SoC, and feature a camera setup with an unusual variable aperture that is capable of adjusting based on the available light.