The whole turn-your-phone-into-a-desktop-PC concept isn’t quite dead after all.
When Microsoft tried to turn your phone into a desktop PC with Continuum, it ultimately failed because, well, Windows 10 Mobile flopped. Now Samsung’s reportedly planning to take a stab at the idea with its upcoming Galaxy S8.
Leaked images of a “DeX Station” from WinFuture.de suggest the Galaxy S8 will have some kind of desktop PC-like mode when connected to the dock.
Like Continuum docks, you’ll reportedly be able to pop the Galaxy S8 into the DeX Station, which is hooked up to a computer display, mouse and keyboard.
The “Galaxy Desktop” experience will be Android-based; it’s unclear what exactly that will look like. It could be an desktop computing experience that’s similar to Chrome OS, or perhaps something entirely different.
As per the leak, the dock can output a 4K resolution display at 30 fps over HDMI, and comes with two USB 3.0 ports, and a 100Mb ethernet port.
A report from AndroidPolice corroborates the S8’s PC-like mode and shows an illustration of it in action:
The dock will reportedly cost 149 euros (about $160), which is sort of pricey and the biggest barrier to these phone-computer solutions.
There’s only a week to go before Samsung officially shows us the Galaxy S8. And while there will be much to be excited for — a larger curved screen, super slim bezels, Bixby, etc. — we’re hoping there will be some surprises that haven’t leaked out.