The Oreo update for the Galaxy S8 brought support for turning the phone’s display into a trackpad, removing the need for an external mouse to use the DeX Station. Then the Galaxy Note 9 came out with the ability to run in DeX mode with just a USB Type-C to HDMI cable, a feature the Galaxy Tab S4 supports as well. And thanks to Android Pie, DeX mode will be coming to the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+.
Galaxy S9 will offer desktop experience without a DeX dock on Pie
Leaked Android Pie firmware for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ have revealed a number of features that will be introduced with the next major upgrade for Samsung flagships. The ability to offer a desktop-like experience without Samsung’s DeX station or DeX Pad is one of them. We can already see it in action on a Galaxy S9+ thanks to a video published by XDA Developers, and it seems to work just as well as it does on a Galaxy Note 9. That’s not surprising as both the S9+ and Note 9 have the Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 SoC and 6GB RAM inside.
The regular Galaxy S9 should also be getting the feature despite having only 4GB RAM, as the Galaxy Tab S4 has the same amount of RAM and manages to run in DeX mode just fine. Of course, it remains to be seen if built-in DeX mode will make more people use the feature on the Galaxy S9 or S9+. In fact, we here at SamMobile have been wondering just how many folks use Samsung DeX, so we have added a poll below that you can use to let us know. Don’t forget to leave a comment to give us more of your thoughts on DeX.