Samsung's Word 9 takes DeX to a brand new stage for enterprise

Samsung’s Word 9 flagship enterprise smartphone has arrived with a bunch of upgrades that make it probably the most superior smartphones ever, however enterprise customers could be extra concerned with a intelligent improve for DeX, the revolutionary Samsung software program that permits a smartphone to be paired with a TV or monitor for a digital desktop.

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The Galaxy Word 9’s S Pen is available in new trendy colours to match the cellphone.

A greater DeX expertise

With DeX, Samsung got here up with a neat method to harness the numerous energy of a contemporary smartphone. Related to an exterior monitor or TV, DeX redraws the cellphone house display to make it far more like a traditional PC desktop. Coupled with a mouse and keyboard, it strikes a compelling proposal for vacationers who do not need to carry a laptop computer however discover a cellphone a bit too small for all the pieces they should do.

The primary and second era variations of DeX required a cradle and a dock respectively however that is historical past. DeX within the Word 9 connects on to a TV or monitor utilizing the cellphone’s USB-C connector.

I used an off-the-shelf Cirago USB-C-to-HDMI adapter and efficiently ran DeX on a TV via the HDMI enter and a monitor, utilizing an HDMI to DVI cable.

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Google Maps operating in a browser on the DeX desktop

Studying to like DeX

If you happen to’ve by no means used DeX earlier than, there’s a studying curve, nevertheless it should not take various minutes to determine that notifications at the moment are on the backside, that right-click does not all the time do something and that generally you simply must single click on an icon. 

Then you can begin being productive. 

DeX is very highly effective on office net apps that are not personalized for a cellular display. All of the sudden it is such as you’re sitting at a PC with all of the desktop actual property on this planet.

Some apps have been optimized for DeX to utilize the additional desktop house and show mode. There aren’t might however they do embody a number of Adobe apps and Microsoft Workplace. For others, DeX makes an attempt to pressure resize apps that are not optimized.

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An experimental function permits DeX to resize apps that do not explicitly help it. 

The cellphone display can be utilized as a second display or as a monitor pad when it is operating in DeX mode. That is helpful if you wish to, say, jot down notes whereas operating a presentation on the principle display. In productiveness mode, the display can be utilized if you happen to occur to neglect your mouse or for apps that use monitor pads. 

Goodbye to ports

By allotting with a dock or cradle, Samsung has simplified DeX however there’s a draw back. These units included further USB sockets for peripherals and an influence socket for charging the cellphone whereas in use.

This implies you will want a Bluetooth keyboard and a mouse.

As for charging, there is a four,000mAh battery within the Word 9, which I discovered greater than ok to energy a number of hours of DeX use with out considerably decreasing battery life. Samsung says it is the most important battery it’ s ever placed on a flagship smartphone and is nice for all day use – – a minimum of in early testing that seems to be true.

It could be useful if Samsung provided a USB-C to HDMI adapter that included an enter energy port. 

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The Galaxy Word 9

Extra enterprise options

Except for the DeX upgrades, the Word 9 arrives with a welcome enchancment to the S Pen stylus.

Samsung has upgraded the S-Pen stylus and it now comprises a button that connects to the cellphone by way of Bluetooth Low Vitality. It may be used as a clicker for a slide deck, so hooked as much as a monitor or projector by way of DeX, the Word 9 turns into a presentation machine in your pocket. 

It can be used for extra essential enterprise options, similar to a distant set off for taking selfies. 

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The Galaxy Word 9

A lot of energy

The Word 9’s Snapdragon 845 supplies a number of energy to run the cellphone. Coupled with a minimum of 6GB of reminiscence, it is all the pieces a $1,000 smartphone must be. The bottom mannequin comes with 128GB of storage, however a dearer choice provides 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

The rear cameras are each 12-megapixel, one with a 2X optical zoom lens, and the entrance digicam is eight megapixel. 

New is a scene optimizer that makes an attempt to determine the topic of a photograph and tweak the digicam settings for one of the best shot. It is an automated model of these scene modes all of us have in our cameras – – panorama, portrait, flower, meals – – however neglect to set every time we snap a photograph.

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The fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy Word 9 is in a greater spot this 12 months.

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