Samsung announced that it would be releasing its Dex Pad on May 13 for $99.99. This device is capable of making the Galaxy S9 into a laptop. ( Samsung )
Samsung’s DeX Pad allows its smartphones to become minicomputers when they’re hooked up to the device. Connecting a smartphone to the dock allows the user to see the screen of the phone projected onto a monitor.
This device can open up new opportunities for Android users.
New DeX Pad
Samsung announced that it would be releasing the DeX Pad in the U.S. on May 13 for the price of $99.99. This new device was revealed back in February during the debut of the Samsung Galaxy S9. When a smartphone is connected to the dock, the phone’s screen can be seen on a much larger monitor.
Samsung’s previous version of the DeX Pad was the Dex dock. It allows smartphones to be connected to a monitor and the phone can be used as the trackpad to access the features. While using the DeX Pad a keyboard, a mouse can be plugged into it to turn the smartphone into a computer.
The Dex Pad includes USB and HDMI ports to make this possible. It features two USB-A ports and one USB-C port.
Its previous version did include an ethernet port, but it is lacking from the DeX Pad. This version does make up for that loss by being able to set the resolution on the monitor to 2560×1440, a much-needed improvement over the DeX Dock which only reached 1080p.
In the press release for the announcement, Samsung says that the DeX Pad bridges the worlds of smartphones and desktops. It also touts the possibilities of being able to play mobile games on larger screens.
One of the improvements over its predecessor is that instead of the phone is slightly raised, it now lies flat. This makes it easier for the phone to be used as a trackpad if people don’t have a mouse to connect.
Getting A Free DeX Pad
Samsung also announced that the DeX Pad will be given for free to those who order a Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus through the Samsung website. The deal is set to start on April 9 and will run through April 30.
Along with the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, the DeX Pad also works with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8, and Galaxy S8 Active models that have the Android 8.0 update.
Those that have already purchased the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will have to fork out the $99.99 for the DeX Pad.
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