The Dock turns the Galaxy S8 into a working computer.
S Samsung supplies the right accessories for the top models Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus immediately afterward.
Below is the Dock DeX Station, which transforms the smartphone into a functioning computer – similar to Windows Continuum, just with Android as the operating system.
Samsung DeX Station: The technical details
Two USB 2.0 ports are installed on the dock, where the keyboard and mouse are located. WLAN and mobile data connections are not possible via the station, but a 100-megabit network connection is available. The dock has an external power supply and an active cooling system for the Galaxy S8.
And this is also useful as the smartphone sends screen resolutions in 4K resolution with 30 images per second to a monitor. Under these conditions, the smartphone quickly heats up.
At the same time, the DeX station is also a charging station, which supplies the device quickly with current via USB Type C and the fast charging technique “Adaptive Fast Charging” – but this only works with the charging cable included in the S8 delivery.
The USB port on the dock has been specifically developed by Samsung for the Galaxy S8 to automatically switch to desktop mode when plugged in.
Samsung DeX Station – first impression
When installed apps have the multi-window function, they run in a separate window – just like the computer at home. Even the mobile office applications from Microsoft work perfectly.
Samsung’s PC mode covers nearly all tasks of a conventional computer – surfing the Internet, streaming, watching pictures and videos, and much more.
Interesting for corporate customers: The web application of the Citrix Cloud makes remote access to virtual systems such as Windows possible.
Samsung DeX Station Windows Continuum
However, Samsung’s idea is not very fresh, as Microsoft has already equipped its mobile operating system Windows 10 mobile with the Continuum function in 2016.
This also allows the smartphone to be converted into a fully functional PC workstation – with the Docking Station Display Dock. In addition, a Windows Phone smartphone, mouse, keyboard, monitor and hard drive can be easily connected to each other.
With the release of Windows 8 in 2012, Microsoft began to bring Windows to mobile devices – initially with moderate success. Meanwhile, the Group has significantly improved the operation with Windows 10.
Samsung DeX Station: price and availability
The DeX station is likely to cost around 150 euros and together with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus will come to the end of April 2017 on the market.