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Samsung DeX Pad Pre-Orders Begin: Turn Your S9 into a PC

Galaxy S9 owners now have the ability to turn their smartphones into mini PCs with Samsung's launch of DeX Pad, a $100 accessory available to pre-order today (April 9). The device goes on sale May 13 online and in stores.

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(Image credit: Samsung)

To sweeten the deal, Samsung is offering a free DeX Pad to anyone who buys a Galaxy S9 on Samsung’s website between April 9 and April 30.

While the DeX Pad was announced at the same time Samsung took the wraps off its new S9, that's not the only phone that will work with the accessory. DeX Pad is backward-compatible with the Galaxy S8, S8+, S8 Active and Note 8, though you’ll have to run to Android 8.0 Oreo on those phones.

MORE: Galaxy S9 User Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-Tos

The DeX Pad resembles a battery pack, but when connected to both a Galaxy phone and an external monitor, the device allows you to use apps and play games on a much larger screen. The DeX Pad packs in USB-C, HDMI and 2 USB ports for linking up your devices. Samsung is including an HDMI cable, USB-C cable and wall charger in the box.

Samsung DeX PadView Deal

The accessory improves upon last year’s DeX Station by allowing you to use your smartphone horizontally rather than placing it vertically in a stand. That means you can use your phone as a keyboard or mouse. With DeX Station, you had to connect a mouse to control the action on your device. That’s still an option, but it’s no longer a must-have.

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Another improvement over last year’s DeX accessory is 2K resolution support, a bump up from 1080p. Samsung is working with app developers to optimize apps for DeX Pad. During a demo for both the accessory and the Galaxy S9 back in February, we saw an optimized version of Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition in action  . Samsung is also aiming to get DeX Pad in corporate environments with support for virtual desktops and enterprise apps from Amazon, Citrix and VMWare.

Caitlin is a Senior editor for Gizmodo. She has also worked on Tom's Guide, Macworld, PCWorld and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. When she's not testing out the latest devices, you can find her running around the streets of Los Angeles, putting in morning miles or searching for the best tacos.

  • jcknox77
    seriously? another gimmick? this concept to turn your phone into a pc has been done many times with no success. I honestly don't want my phone to be my pc, I want a real laptop running windows not my phone on a bigger screen.
  • coldwash
    The reality is, jokes on me for believing the boilerplate notification this article had and thinking this might be something interesting to read. Absolute waste of my time and thanks for giving me enough reason to disable future notifications from Tom's guide. Thought things was reliable but was turning into paparazzi headlines anyways.