Monday , July 23 2018


The Samsung Dex was announced alongside the Galaxy S8 last year to great fanfare. Unfortunately by all accounts it failed to live up to these expectations but that hasn’t stopped Samsung from continuing along these lines with the next version of DeX leaking today.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is set to launch at MWC in Barcelona in a few weeks time and it appears that the next incarnation of DeX, the DeX Pad, will be announced with it at the same time. Today Evan Blass has revealed the DeX Pad in images, something he commented on back in November:

Samsung plans to introduce a backward-compatible DeX docking station that situates the phones flat and utilizes the screens as either a touchpad or a virtual keyboard.

The next DeX Pad will connect to the phone using a USB-C plug and the phone will be lying flat on the pad. The phone can then be used as a trackpad for operating the PC functionality projector to a monitor via HDMI. There are also two USB ports within the dock for added functionality and storage.

The DeX Pad looks like a great idea although the pricing is what will dissuade many people from purchasing it with the original DeX costing around the $200 mark when it was released. Huawei have their PC projection option in the Mate 10 and all that requires is a plain old USB-C to HDMI cable/converter. Hopefully Samsung price this attractively to get it into more hands out there.

The Samsung train is coming and everyone it seems is getting out of its way. MWC new phone releases will be all about Samsung and their new Galaxy S9 and S9+. No one is daring to take them on at this stage. We will see more surrounding this dock and the Galaxy S9 phones in a few weeks time — stay tuned to Ausdroid where will will have full coverage from Barcelona of the Samsung announcements.

Source: Evan Blass.

Scott Plowman   Associate Editor

Scott is our modding guru - he has his finger on the pulse of all things ‘moddable’, pointing us towards all the cutting edge mods hacks that are available. When he’s not gymming it up, or scanning the heck out of Nexus devices, you'll find him on the Ausdroid Podcast.

Outside of Ausdroid, Scott's a health care professional and lecturer at a well known Victorian university.

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I like the current dex , still using it as my home computer , huawei’s version looks ok , but from what I have seen the dex is better by a long shot ,
and huawei’s version appears to be only suitable for short term use.
Having said that , it would be nice if Sammy put a bit more effort into making all apps run full screen , and this is also a problem with huawei’s version.

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I hope this doesn’t mean that the DeX dock from 2017 won’t work with S9+. That would be Apple level greed-based stupidity. I also hope the S9+ isn’t going to require a 2018 version of Gear VR goggles. You can use the Lumia 950XL wirelessly (both connecting to a modern PC or to a widi) for it’s PC functionality as well as through a USB-C/HDMI cable and in the Microsoft Continuum dock. You can even use Lumia 950XL in the DeX dock so I don’t see any reason that the S9/S9+ can’t be used with just a HDMI cable.

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It would be a shame if Sammy didn’t make it backwards compatible with S8 variants , I doubt Samsung would cut off earlier models unless there was some valid engineering reason .
As for just using a cable without the dex dock , the current dex fan cools the device , charges the device , gives you a stand , and folds up into a very pocketable unit .
Much better than going the cheap way out with just a cable if you ask me .

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I’m talking last year’s dock being forward compatible with this year’s S9+ so a new dock/pad isn’t required if you already invested in last year’s. Anyone that seriously used last year’s DeX dock knows that the cooling fan wasn’t that great and they most probably also bought a small USB-C extension cable so they could use the DeX and access the headphone port at the same time. An extension cable means the phone does not rest on the fan area anyway. USB-C HDMI should be an option, especially if they do decide to update the dock every year. The USB-C… Read more »

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Point taken mate, apparently the new models are very close to the same dimensions as the S8 variants , i cant really see any reason why they would not work on the old dex, i suspect the new flatbed dex with track pad functionality would be a response by samsung not wanting to be outdone to huawei`s track pad feature on the mate 10 phone . i dont see anything sinister about it . From what i have seen of sammy products , they usually make accessories backwards compatible if at all possible. As for the using the earphone jack… Read more »

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