Smartphone processors get more and more powerful each year and we’re now at a point where our phones are almost good enough for real work but the new Samsung Galaxy S8 packs a beefy Snapdragon 835 processor which is strong enough for smooth VR experiences so why not turn it into a desktop machine. Samsung wants to help you do that with its new dock called deck. Just what you have to do is to plug in your Samsung Galaxy S8 in to the dock and what you get is a full on Android phase OS on to a bigger screen. But let me tell you one thing Samsung is not the first to try out this dock for the phone thing HV already attempted this with the elite Xtreme still Samsung’s customise the experience enough and its pretty well so why not gives it a closer look.
Samsung DeX Ports
Let’s start with the docks physical characteristics on decks there are two USB ports an HDMI slot and Ethernet jack and a USB C socket for power with these connectors you can hook your phone up to a display wired keyboard and mouse for a complete desktop setup you can also link up accessories over Bluetooth freeing up USB ports for external drive when you want to connect your phone slide up the top part of the dock the disc moves up and leans on the hinge to form a stand this review of the USB C connector that you stick the s8 on and Under it is a fan that cool found the phone in case it starts heating up once connected the phone takes a few seconds before it starts transmitting info to the connected peripherals.
Samsung DeX Interface
The version of Android that streams to the monitor is optimized for that bigger screen you’ll notice it all looks very familiar from the all apps button on the bottom left of the screen to the taskbar also at the bottom that shows open apps and the time connectivity and battery level this tweaked OS also offers multi window support and each window can be resized to whatever dimensions you want these are all features that are familiar and intuitive any desktop settings samsung also teamed up with Microsoft to optimize ads like word PowerPoint and Excel for ducks basically you’ll get a tablet version of those apps and the main difference is the resizable windows the resizing ant layout for the bigger canvas only works for a handful of apps for now including Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Express there is no real limit to how many windows you can have open at once you’ll just find the system slowing down depending on what you’re doing in each app this again resembles a real desktop experience. The desktop family version of Android that Samsung has created it has its limits but if this early interaction is any indication he’ll only have finally found a suitable way to bring Android to the desktop