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Samsung starts selling USB-C to HDMI dongle for the Galaxy Note 9

The ability to power DeX without a dock is one of the many new features of the Galaxy Note 9. You’re no longer required to spend over a hundred dollars on a dock that would enable your Samsung flagship to power a PC-like experience when connected to an external display. The Galaxy Note 9 lets you do that with a simple USB-C to HDMI dongle. Samsung has now started selling its official USB-C to HDMI dongle for the Galaxy Note 9.

Samsung’s USB-C to HDMI dongle

The official Samsung USB-C to HDMI dongle has support for up to UHD and 4K screens with 60Hz refresh rate. It uses the HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 standards and is compatible with a variety of Samsung devices that have a USB-C port. On those devices, it’s possible to mirror the screen on the TV with this dongle. The dock-less DeX experience is only limited to the Galaxy Note 9.

However, there’s no compulsion to buy this particular dongle if you want to use DeX without a dock on the Galaxy Note 9. I have been able to do just that with an aftermarket dongle. Any USB-C to HDMI dongle can be used to run DeX without a dock on the Galaxy Note 9. The handset will show you a notification that it’s recommended to use official Samsung accessories but it’s not intrusive and won’t prevent you from running DeX.

Samsung’s official USB-C to HDMI dongle is available for purchase right now. It can be bought from Amazon for $31.

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thors
thors

FWIW – the pre-order bonus in Iceland was a HDMI/VGA Samsung display and a DEX cable – that is a male USB-C to a male HDMI cable, length ~1m. It does however not seem to support UHD since the highest resolution option in DEX is greyed out regardless which UHD display I connect it to (the pre-order display if FHD, I’ve tried DELL 43″ UHD display as well as a Samsung 55″ UHD Curved TV without success.

warlockba
warlockba

I remember the Samsung Add aired here, where they were making fun of Apple’s dongles … hypocrisy to the last bit …

thors
thors

The ignorance is strong here. Apple has a proprietary connector which requires converters (dongles) for anything – and they have no headphone jack which makes the dongle-case even more effed. Also, they had no dongle that could simultaneously allow you to charge the phone AND use a wired headphone.

A USB-C to HDMI converter is a standard accessory. Fits any device that has USB-C and is as non-proprietary as possible. It’s simply converting a does-all interface to a AV-specific interface. A cable.

The alternative would have been a wireless DEX – but we’re not there quite yet. Maybe in Note10.

theguildsman
theguildsman

My aftermarket dongle supports dex on both S9+ and Tab S4. However with Tab S4 you cannot use two screens at the same time. This option is limited to the original Samsung accessory only.

pmenzies
pmenzies

I thought the the dock-less DeX experience also applied to the Tab S4 and not only to the Galaxy Note 9?

Ibti Arshad
Ibti Arshad

is the USB-C to HDMI dongle work with Samsung Galaxy S9+ for Dex Mode ????

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