Earlier, Samsung debuted the Dex Dock for the previous and current Galaxy S8 smartphone as the first entry into its desktop interface powered by a handset. Now, for Galaxy S9 and S9+, Samsung is retaining that design, this time called the “DeX Pad.”
It has emerged in new leaked images today, and this time we’re seeing the first indication that the Galaxy S9, 2018’s hottest phone until the next iPhone will still have a headphone jack.
We’re just a couple of weeks away from the arrival of Samsung’s next flagship, the Galaxy S9. Prior to that, a new leak has landed showing off a new docking station for the company’s DeX station. The Dock was a solid design but wasn’t deal with Samsung’s vision.
This new design, shown off by Evan Blass, fits the phone overtop with a USB-C port connecting the phone to a selection of ports at the back of the pad. Just like on the Dock, the Dex Pad has a full array of ports along the back, the new docking station is impressive. There’s a full-size HDMI port for connecting to a monitor, two full-size USB-A ports for connecting peripherals, and a USB-C port for power.
The full information spill today is otherwise focused on a new Samsung Dex Pad, which appears to be an evolution of last year’s $149 Dex Dock for the Galaxy S8. These docks released to facilitate a connection between the Galaxy device and a nearby monitor, that too, with the smartphone then functioning more or less like a PC. It doesn’t look like the prettiest accessory in the world, though, then it’s not like many things will look beautiful once you stick a bunch of cables into them anyway.
The pad’s reportedly aimed to allow the phone to be laid and used as a touchpad or a virtual keyboard, and it’s also expected to be backwords-compatible with the Galaxy S8 as well.
Apart from the headphone jack’s appearance in the images, we can also see Samsung’s Bixby button on the Galaxy S9, still located just below the volume rocker on the side.
Seemingly the most important reveal is the picture of the phone. Not only does it refute reports that the bezel size has increased, but also confirms that Samsung will be keeping the headphone jack around for another year. So there’s no reason that the company will be abandoning 3.5mm jacks anytime soon.
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