Samsung DeX: The Future of Personal Computers?
Pocket-sized computers have been among the goals of innovators, engineers, and users for years – and we have them without even realizing it. The iPhone released a decade ago, was, in fact, a pocket-sized personal computer with a large touchscreen, bringing a new way to work and play in our life – a completely portable one. In time, smartphones have become even smarter – today, they are on par with certain categories of personal computers when it comes to processing power, graphics capabilities, and functionality. The time, it seems, has come for them to become a new breed of personal computers – that can be used as a desktop machine.
Big screen, big possibilities
If you have grown tired of playing your favorite slots on your smartphone’s relatively small screen, you can start playing at Red Flush directly from your desktop with a new device designed to extend your smartphone’s capabilities. The device is called “Samsung DeX” (short for Desktop Experience) and allows its users to connect their Samsung Galaxy S8/Note8 smartphones to a large screen, a keyboard, a mouse, and a wired network, thus increasing their productivity.
When placed in the cradle, the smartphone automatically transfers into “DeX” mode and transforms its start page into a desktop interface, very similar to what the one of a Chromebook looks like. To date, the feature supports basic multitasking – but expect things to become far better in the future, as the technology continues to spread.
DeX – more than just a charger
While the DeX station looks like an elaborate phone charger, it is way more than just that. It is a complex dock with a series of extra ports added to the mix – it has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB Type-C port, one HDMI port, and one Ethernet port, allowing it to connect to wired networks for a faster and more stable internet connection. It charges the phone, too – and it contains a cooling unit to keep the phone’s temperatures down while you work and play.
Apps and games
There would be no use in such an innovative feature without any apps to support it, right? Well, Samsung thought of this, too – it has worked closely with a series of developers to provide its users with the tools they might need right from the launch of the device.
Among the apps with support for DeX, you’ll find a series of productivity tools like Microsoft’s Office suite, a handful of Adobe apps, AutoCAD Mobile, VPNs, cloud apps, web browsers, and various media outlets like Google Play Movies & TV and YouTube. Besides, the list also contains a handful of games capable of running in full-screen through Samsung’s updated Game Launcher app: Vainglory, Lineage 2 Revolution, and The Tribez.