Samsung's second-generation desktop docking system, the DeX Pad, is finally coming up for pre-order after being announced alongside the Galaxy S9 and S9+ over a month ago. The DeX Pad comes in at $99, which is cheaper than the original MSRP of the DeX Station that launched the whole DeX ecosystem back with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ — though nowadays you can pick up a DeX Station for about $80.

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Samsung DeX Pad

The new DeX Pad is merely a change in form factor over the original DeX Station, with the same basic goal of letting you plug your phone into a larger monitor for a desktop-like experience. The big differentiator with the DeX Pad is that it orients your phone flat when connected, so that it can be positioned next to your keyboard and used as a trackpad. That removes one more barrier to using DeX, no longer requiring a mouse, and also makes the total package far smaller than the old DeX Station. The DeX Pad includes a standard Samsung wall charger and USB-C cable, plus an HDMI cable, and the Pad itself has two USB ports for peripherals.

This is mostly the same DeX that few people cared for last year, but now with a new form factor and a few software improvements.

The rest of the latest DeX experience comes with the new Oreo software on the Galaxy S9 series, Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S8 series. This latest update brings a refreshed version of the DeX desktop, a few changes to the way you interact with the system, and fresh partnerships with big names like VMware, Citrix and Amazon providing remote desktop solutions alongside video apps like MX Player and VLC signing up to work well with DeX. This time around Samsung is also spending some time touting the ability to play many popular games with a keyboard and mouse on the big screen, though naturally you're limited to mobile titles and the power of the Galaxy S9 compared to a full-fledged computer.

Pre-orders for the DeX Pad are open right away from Samsung's own website, but full retail sales aren't going to open for another month, on May 13. At that point you can expect to see the DeX Pad on sale just about anywhere Samsung's phones and accessories are sold. For a limited time (we'd expect until roughly May 13), anyone who buys a Galaxy S9 or S9+ from Samsung.com will get a DeX Pad for free — a nice little gesture to anyone who waited to get one of its latest phones.

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Press release:

Samsung DeX Pad Delivers Desktop-Like Experience for Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+

DeX Pad available for preorder in advance of May 13 retail and online launch

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – April 6, 2018 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced availability of the Samsung DeX Pad in the U.S. beginning May 13. Introduced alongside the award-winning Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, DeX Pad creates a desktop-like experience for the Galaxy smartphone. For those who are always on the go, the DeX Pad enables enhanced document editing, full-screen mobile gaming, PC-style multitasking and more. Consumers are able to pre-order DeX Pad on Samsung.com starting today, and for a limited time, a purchase of the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+ on Samsung.com will include a free DeX Pad ($99.99 retail value).

"The Samsung DeX Pad bridges the gap between smartphone and desktop. With its desktop interface, and easy connection to a mouse, monitor, and keyboard, DeX Pad helps you get the most out of your favorite apps," said Alanna Cotton, senior vice president, Samsung Electronics America. "DeX Pad is more than a powerful accessory, it is reflective of our philosophy of mobile technology: innovative devices and services, working together seamlessly, to help consumers do more."

DeX Pad empowers the mobile lifestyle by leveraging the power of your Galaxy smartphone. On a monitor, movies and mobile games instantly become more immersive, productivity gets amped up when users make the most of DeX optimized apps, and creativity knows no limits. DeX Pad features multi-resolution support, providing a choice of clear and vivid visual experiences from HD+ to WQHD (2K) resolutions so you can now play your videos on various partner applications like MX Player and VLC and view more content at a glance. In addition, phone calls, messages and notifications are all readily accessible on the taskbar and the phone's Infinity Display can be used as a virtual touch pad.

Samsung DeX for the Enterprise

Samsung DeX is also a powerful business tool, supporting secure virtual desktops from Citrix, VMware and Amazon. In addition, DeX gives enterprise IT admins enhanced customization and management tools through Knox APIs, including the ability to disable apps, change the loading screen, add/remove shortcuts from the home screen, and set the screen timeout.

More information about the DeX Pad visit www.samsung.com/dex. Promotional details can be found on www.samsung.com/us/smartphones/galaxy-s9/buy/s/Device.