Samsung DeX

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The Samsung Galaxy S8 plugged into the DeX docking station. Monitor is displaying the PowerPoint and Word Android applications.
DeX Station.

Samsung DeX is an accessory sold first with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices that extends the functionality to allow desktop-like functionality by connecting a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.[1][2] The name "DeX" is a contraction of "Desktop eXperience". Samsung later announced the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 would also support the accessory.[3]

The dock provides a USB-C port, ethernet, HDMI 2.0 output and two USB 2.0 ports.[4]

Samsung also announced "Linux on Galaxy" (since renamed to "Linux on DeX") which allows use of a compatible Linux distribution rather than the default Android OS giving full personal computer capabilities.[5][6][7]

The DeX Desktop can also be accessed with third party accessories like the Melopow Dock.

On 9 August 2018, Samsung announced that DeX will be natively supported by the Note 9 and the Tab S4, with only a HDMI connection from the device to an external display being necessary, facilitated by a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Whilst connected to a display, the device itself can function as a touchpad or continue being used in its usual fashion whilst DeX is operating.[8]

Samsung DeX devices can be managed by Samsung Knox (3.3 and higher) to allow or restrict access using the Knox platform for added control and security.[9][10]

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  1. ^ ""Samsung Dex" is a Galaxy S8 dock that makes your phone into a desktop". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2017-03-30.
  2. ^ "Samsung DeX review". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2017-05-12.
  3. ^ Chokkattu, Julian (2017-08-23). "Samsung DeX Station Review". Digital Trends. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ "Samsung DeX: Closer to a Chromebook than convergence". PC World. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Samsung DeX's Expanding Ecosystem Pushes the Possibilities of the Smartphone". Samsung (Press release). Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  6. ^ Page, Carly (2017-10-19). "Samsung DeX will soon run full desktop Linux". The Inquirer. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  7. ^ "Linux On Galaxy Brings Desktop Software To Samsung Smartphones". Uber Gizmo. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Samsung DeX is the best product that nobody cares about". Android Central. 2019-03-02. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  9. ^ "Why the Galaxy Note 9 is the new king of the enterprise". Android Central. 2018-08-10. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  10. ^ "Samsung DeX Management | Knox Platform for Enterprise White Paper". Retrieved 2019-07-22.

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