With the processing power, capabilities, and connectivity of our phones increasing each year, we may soon be using these pocket sized computers in place of a traditional laptop. The challenge with previous phones has been device connectivity standards, and mobile operating system support, for this type of expanded functionality. But pretty soon, you’re going to be able to connect your phone via a standard connector like USB-C into a docking station, or directly to a monitor, and be able to use it like a desktop computer.
Within the Samsung line there are only certain models that currently support third-party docks, such as the Galaxy Note 9, for use with Samsung DeX (“Desktop Experience”). Samsung has had this functionality for a little while, but it would previously only work with Samsung-branded docks like the Samsung DeX dock. What’s new with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is that, for the first time, they’ve opened DeX functionality up to any standard USB-C dock so you can get even more functionality and variety of connections. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 pairs wonderfully with our UD-CAM USB-C dock, and gives a glimpse into the future by utilizing Samsung’s DeX.
By plugging the phone into the dock with a single USB-C cable, you get the ability to connect everything you need to be productive such as an external monitor, support for a wired Ethernet connection, USB peripherals, and the ability to charge the phone. With four USB 3.0 ports on the dock and an audio port, you can easily connect devices like a mouse, keyboard, speakers, and extra storage to expand your phone into a desktop-like setup. It’s easy to stay connected and be productive as you access your favorite apps, social media platforms, and browsers on a bigger screen. If you’re traveling and you just want a simple device that can connect to a projector via HDMI, supply pass-through charging to your device, and provide an extra USB 3.0 port, we have the USBC-MD101.
We also have our USBC-HDMI-CABLE, and USBC-HDMI adapter, which will adapt the USB-C signal from your phone and display either a mirror of your phone’s display, or DeX, via HDMI to a TV/monitor. When it is time to go, you just unplug the USB-C cable, grab your phone, and you are on your way!
The future is bright for USB-C with accessories that can expand the functionality of smartphones, computers, and even displays themselves. Samsung currently has beta versions of Android and DeX for the Galaxy S9 and S9+ that allow third-party accessories and docks to take advantage of DeX, so owners of these devices can enjoy the same USB-C ecosystem as the Note 9 in the near future.
The Plugable UD-CAM, USBC-MD101, USBC-HDMI-CABLE, and USBC-HDMI adapter are currently shipping and available from Amazon, and other online marketplaces.
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