In February, Samsung announced Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. But that was not all. The South Korean company, like it usually does, revealed a bevy of accessories for the new smartphone models including the first-ever DeX ‘Pad’.
DeX Pad is the second Samsung DeX device. It was shown off at Unpacked 2018 and is essentially an upgraded version of last year’s DeX Station accessory. Instead of standing up like a traditional dock, DeX Pad lays flat so users can use their phone as a touchpad for controlling the Samsung’s desktop experience.
Only Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ seem to be compatible with DeX Pad. Though, we don’t see any reason Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 shouldn’t be on this list. Galaxy Note 9 could eventually be compatible when the time comes, but let’s not get ahead ourselves. After a wait time of about 6 weeks, DeX Pad has just now gone up for pre-order and units will ship once the gadget is made available next month.
Pricing has been set at $99, which is a bit steep but actually a cheap alternative if it takes away your need for a laptop. This was really Samsung’s purpose with DeX, as your phone and the pad handle it all and are less to carry. All you must do is plug in your compatible phone into the DeX Pad using HDMI and pair a monitor to enjoy Samsung’s desktop experience. I’m not sure that it’s ready to replace my PC, but Samsung said there will be upgrades to this year’s DeX like advanced KNOX and more. I can’t wait to test it out and I look forward to the possibility of deals in conjunction with Galaxy S9.