DeX dock turns the Samsung Galaxy S8 into a desktop PC
The idea of plugging a smart phone into a dock and turning into a PC, isn't a new one.
But previous attempts have failed because the phones weren't powerful enough, or there's limited app support.
But Samsung New desk dock takes another stab at the idea but it has two big advantages.
First it's designed for the incredibly powerful Galaxy S8.
And second it can access specially optimized versions of some Android apps in order to give Give you a small screen experience that's surprisingly PC like.
The dex looks like a hokey puck when closed, but it flips open to reveal a USB C port to plug in your phone.
There's an HDMI output to connect to an external display and you connect the keyboard and mouse via bluetooth.
A hand full fo android apps are already optimized for this desktop view including the default internet browser and Microsoft Office.
That means you could run multiple apps at once and grab the corner of each window to resize, just like on a PC.
Apps that are not Dex-optimized will open in a phone-shaped window.
It's not quite the full PC experience, but there's an interesting security play here.
Current smartphones are considered very secure, as they're both encrypted and biometrically locked.
So the DeX gives you the option of packing all your sensitive data on the phone, using it as a desktop PC, then putting the entire thing in your pocket and walking away.