When it comes to mobile computing technology, people always want to put things in a category — this is a tablet, that’s a laptop, here’s a new foldable. But what matters isn’t as simple as categorizing the form of the product — it’s about what you can do with the device and the experience it provides in terms of helping you maintain productivity, wherever your work day may bring you. As opposed to simple categorization, a pair of more relevant questions are: does this device enable you to do what you need to do, when and where you need it? Is it ready for what you’re going to demand of it?

Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab powerhouse devices — Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8+ 5G and Tab S8 Ultra — break down categorical barriers to help you do more.

Transform your tablet — and your productivity

If you just look at the Galaxy Tab S8 devices, you might say “OK, there’s the new tablet from Samsung.” We know what tablets are: They’re sleek touchscreen devices that are mainly purposeful for light work like email, video calls and content review or consumption. But that doesn’t give credit to another great technology Samsung has built into the Tab S8 lineup: Samsung DeX.

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DeX is our mobile-powered computing platform that allows you to convert your Galaxy device into something similar to a complete desktop experience. Samsung DeX lets you use any S8 device as both a tablet and a desktop PC by connecting it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse (via USB-C, HDMI cable or by wirelessly connecting to a Miracast-enabled display).

You can also use DeX by connecting any Tab S8 device to the Bookcover Keyboard, turning it into a powerful laptop-like solution. The built-in DeX button on the keyboard cover makes it easy to jump into your work. That’s three different ways to work with the same device.

Taking the tablet to the next level

And that’s where a moment of clarity occurred for us when it comes to designing tablets for business use: Focus on what users really need, instead of stuffing more fun — but ultimately not very useful — gimmicks into a tablet. In other words, make the Galaxy Tab S8 portfolio more than just a trio of tablets — make them into powerful, robust productivity tools that can redefine what the tablet can do.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re downplaying the utility of any of the Galaxy Tab S8 series as tablets. That’s a need many professionals rely on — especially those who are working to transform their remote work environment into a paperless one. Whether at a small, medium or large organization, retail managers, financial services professionals, field operatives and many others will find that the Galaxy Tab S8 is a powerful tablet solution that meets — and exceeds — their needs. You can use the Galaxy Tab S8, S8+ or S8 Ultra with the touch interface or the included S Pen, and they are simply great tablets as-is.

The DeX platform offers the same great mobile applications but activates a more traditional desktop-style environment when enabled. Now the Galaxy Tab S8 series begins to behave more like laptops, with functionality allowing resizable windows and multiple applications to run simultaneously. The difference is you’re still running Android apps and have all the security and flexibility of Samsung Knox, our highly rated security and device management platform, built into the device from the chip up and running constantly in the background.

Continue working without disruption

If you’re a mobile worker, having to put away your tablet and start using a desktop computer is disruptive to your workflow — you need to log in to Wi-Fi networks and sites again, transfer files and reopen applications. With DeX, you can just use a multiport adapter to easily connect Galaxy Tab S8 devices to a desktop monitor, keyboard and mouse, and even an Ethernet jack. Sit down at your office or home desk, connect the adapter and the DeX platform springs into action.

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This isn’t a super-enlarged version of a tablet — it’s the kind of familiar, intuitive and optimized desktop experience you’d expect if a Windows PC were connected to that monitor. And with DeX, you can keep using the Galaxy Tab just as productively as if it were a standard desktop computer. Better, in fact, because everything you’ve been doing all day long is still there and ready to go. DeX ensures your Galaxy tablet can continue to be used as a second screen, or as an interface or graphics tablet for the desktop experience.

It’s not just creative types who can take advantage of the tablet’s display, either: You can use it to take notes while attending a video meeting on the larger screen, as a touchpad replacing the mouse or keyboard, or as a secondary screen running smaller apps, like your office messaging service, in the background.

You can put the Galaxy Tab S8 under whichever device category you want — as for me, I’m calling it a productivity powerhouse.

Answer six quick questions to find the perfect tablet for your business, no matter the size. Then, discover how to get the most out of DeX on any Galaxy tablet.

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Saurabh Shah

Saurabh Shah leads product marketing for B2B mobile computing at Samsung Electronics America. With over a decade of experience in enterprise software, IoT and mobile technology, Saurabh focuses on developing solutions to enhance business productivity, improve customer experience and streamline workflows. Prior to joining Samsung, Saurabh managed mobile and Connected Worker Industrial IoT solutions at Honeywell.

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