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Samsung targets the enterprise with Galaxy S8 and S8+

Sarah K. White | April 7, 2017
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two stunning devices for consumers, but business users and IT departments will find a lot to love about the new smartphones, too.

And unlike the iPhone 7, the S8 and S8+ both feature a headphone jack, so you can keep using your favorite headphones for conference calls, without purchasing an adapter or Bluetooth headphones.

 

Samsung DeX

Samung DeX might be one of the most unsuspecting enterprise features. It's a portable docking station that that turns your smartphone into a fully functioning desktop. The dock charges the device, while also connecting the S8 or S8+ to an HDMI monitor, wireless keyboard and mouse. For example, you could have a DeX set up at work and another one back home, while everything important lives right on your smartphone.

The future application for this type of docking station in the enterprise is exciting. For example, it could even reduce hardware costs by streamlining purchasing to one device. We probably aren't there just yet -- but smartphones will only get more powerful.

Samsung DeX dock in use 
Credit: Barbara Krasnoff / Computerworld

There are hints of similar efforts from other companies, too: Apple patents show the company toying with the idea of a notebook powered by a smartphone. Similarly, this Kickstarter for the Superbook -- which turns an Android phone into a fully functioning laptop -- wants to make your smartphone your main device.

And as the creators of the Superbook point out on iysfunding page, it's a lot easier to replace an inexpensive notebook shell, or even a DeX workstation, than a business laptop. At $150 for the DeX, that's far less of a hit than losing or damaging a laptop -- and there's no need to worry that the data on the device will get into the wrong hands.

Smartphones can be stolen, lost and damaged, too, but the laptop sitting in your bag is more vulnerable than the smartphone that stays glued to your hand. And with new bans on larger electronics on flights for some U.S.-bound flights, the DeX might be the perfect solution to avoid checking your laptop.

The Samsung DeX will retail for $150 and is expected to ship in late April, while the Samsung S8 and S8+ will be available April 21 will retail for $720 and $840, respectively.

 

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