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Samsung Galaxy S9 could come with a redesigned DeX pad

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 could come with a DeX pad, allowing the flagship phone to be turned into a pseudo-Chrome OS like experience.

That’s according to information received by Galaxy Club, which notes that the DeX dock – which made its debut alongside the Galaxy S8 earlier this year – will be reworked into a pad like unit.

A pad design would insinuate that the Galaxy S9 could use wireless connectivity to transform into a desktop interface when the DeX unit is connected to an external monitor. With the current DeX dock, a Galaxy S8 needs to be physically connected to the unit through its USB Type-C port.

But there’s also a strong chance that a USB Type-C connection will still be needed but will be more discreet than on the current DeX.

The pad design would likely cut down on the physical size of the DeX unit, and the rumours suggest that the with the debut of Android Oreo that the Galaxy S9 could be used as a virtual mouse and keyboard interface, rather than requiring users to connect separate peripherals as is the case the DeX at the moment.

How this will work in practise is open to speculation, as is how such a DeX pad will look like, as no leaked images have popped up to support the rumours.

Currently, all signs point towards the Galaxy S9 being an evolution over its predecessor rather than a massive redesign, which is no bad thing given the critical acclaim the Galaxy S8 has received.

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