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Samsung Move To Upset Desktop Paradigm With DeX Accessory

While some of the reveals at today’s global reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S8 were leaked ahead of time, one that wasn’t was that of Samsung’s new DeX accessory.

Designed for use with the new Galaxy S8 (at least to begin with), the Samsung DeX is a unique dock that extends the smartphone experience to a desktop environment.

When setup, it’ll offer users a desktop-like experience using a redesigned version of Android that makes use of the expanded screen-space.

Samsung say that “Key collaborations with Microsoft and Adobe enable Samsung 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 organizations that require access to Windows OS-based applications, Samsung DeX also allows users to remotely and securely access virtual desktops through partner solutions including Citrix, VMware and Amazon Web Services.”

The DeX Station adds additional connectivity to the S8 through including two USB 2.0, Ethernet, USB type-C power-in and a cooling fan. It’ll also charge your Samsung smartphone quickly while connected.

Users simply insert their Samsung smartphone into the DeX Station, which connects the smartphone to an HDMI compatible monitor, and connect to any Bluetooth-enabled, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse.

“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.

“Our collaboration with key partners such as Adobe and Microsoft was essential in the development of Samsung DeX, as they share our vision for building excellence in mobile productivity. With Samsung DeX, enterprise users can also be assured their smartphone and data are protected by the Samsung Knox security platform built into the smartphone. Samsung DeX redefines what a smartphone can do to keep mobile professionals productive.”

Samsung say that the DeX Station will be available globally with the Galaxy S8 and may be offered as a packaged bundle depending on region.

Australian pricing is to be confirmed.

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