DeX Station of Samsung to convert your Galaxy S8 into an Android PC
When you plug the Galaxy S8 into the USB Type-C docking cradle in the top of the DeX Station, the phone switches from its mobile mode to outputting a custom-made Android desktop OS environment, with icons to launch all compatible apps and a taskbar at the bottom of the screen for switching between them.
The DeX Station has a USB Type-C port for power, HDMI video and audio output and a pair of USB 2.0 ports for keyboard/mouse or mass storage, as well as a wired Ethernet port for hooking up to a hardline in a hotel room or corporate office space. You can also use any Bluetooth keyboard, mouse or other peripheral supported by Android to navigate the on-screen interface.
The DeX Station also supports the Galaxy S8's basic mobile functions. You'll see notifications pop up in the lower right corner of your screen a la Windows 10, and you can make or receive calls using the speakerphone while still docked. If you need to take a call privately, you can undock the phone and continue your conversation while the S8 switches back to mobile mode in the background.
Desktop PC faithful will be pleased to know that the DeX and Galaxy S8 also supports a range of virtual desktop apps from Citrix, VMWare and Amazon Web Services, so you can virtualise a Windows machine and run any x86 native apps that your organisation supports. The Android versions of Adobe's PhotoShop, Acrobat and Lightroom apps, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint have been redesigned to suit the keyboard and mouse-driven desktop environment when using DeX.
Running all those apps at up to 4K resolution is going to push the Galaxy S8's processor and 4G modem to its limits, which is why it's good that the oversized hockey puck also includes a cooling fan. It is priced at $199 in Australia and Rs. 8,999 in India.