Samsung DeX Pad gets US release date, price tag

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  • Samsung’s DeX Pad will be released May 13 in the U.S..
  • It’ll be priced at just $99.99, or free with your Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus purchase from Samsung.com.
  • The DeX Pad price is $50 cheaper than last year’s DeX Dock.

Last year saw Samsung take a stab at desktop/mobile convergence with the DeX Dock, giving Galaxy S8 and Note 8 owners some PC-style functionality on a big screen. Android Authority‘s Edgar Cervantes tried it out for a week as his primary work device, criticizing the lack of portability and calling it a “smartphone enhancement” instead.

Fortunately, at the Galaxy S9 launch event, Samsung showed off the DeX Pad, a successor to the original dock. The second-generation dock lets you use your smartphone as a trackpad and keyboard, as opposed to the mouse/keyboard requirement of the first model.

Now, the company has revealed a U.S. release date of May 13, along with a $99.99 price tag. Customers can pre-order the dock via Samsung.com from April 9. The Korean company is also tossing in a DeX Pad if you buy a Galaxy S9 or S9 Plus via its website.

The DeX Pad price makes for a noteworthy drop over the original dock’s $149.99 launch price, potentially suggesting that the company is hoping to shift a lot more units.

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The past few months have also seen Samsung add more features to DeX, but it’s the news of Linux support that has some intrigued. Taking the form of a “Linux on Galaxy” application, the app will let customers use a variety of Linux distributions on their phone or via DeX.

Taken together, it’s clear that Samsung is hoping to corner the nascent desktop/mobile convergence space, with Huawei’s PC Mode being the other major platform in this arena. The Chinese firm’s mode eschews a dedicated dock in favor of using a USB Type-C to HDMI cable, using the phone as a trackpad/keyboard.

You can pre-order the DeX Pad via the button below. So, who’s buying?

via Android Authority

April 9, 2018 at 09:26AM