One device for everything. Can it be done yet? Will it ever really happen? It’s such a perennial question as we continue to iterate through the smartphone era. As screen sizes and interfaces change. As the processing power falls into step with laptops. As peripheral and add-on screen options make it easier to adapt to the needs of any given environment.
Samsung’s recent smartphones – Galaxy S8 through the latest Note 9 – offer us the DeX system for plugging your phone into a screen, keyboard and mouse at a desk – turning the handset into a full-fledged ChromeOS style experience.
Does it work? I spent a few days using it as my desktop replacement to find out.
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