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Samsung Galaxy Smart Dock turns a Galaxy Note II into a mini desktop PC
Samsung's Galaxy Smart Dock allows peripherals and a monitor to be connected to the Galaxy Note II
With Samsung’s Galaxy Note II already blurring the lines between a smartphone and a tablet – earning the moniker “phablet” – it seems the Korean electronics giant is now looking to have the device blur the lines between a phablet and a desktop computer. The company’s new Galaxy Note II Smart Dock gives the Galaxy Note II a mini desktop PC form factor to turn it into what Samsung calls “a productivity powerhouse.”
Once a Galaxy Note II is slotted into the dock, users can connect various peripherals, such as external storage devices, a keyboard and mouse, via the three full-sized USB ports. A 3.5 mm line out port can be used to attach external speakers, while a full-sized HDMI port lets users output 1080p Full HD video to a HDTV or monitor when the Note II’s 5.5-inch display isn’t big enough. A miniUSB input for powering the dock and charging the docked Galaxy Note II completes the connectivity options.
The trough in which the mobile device slots is large enough to accommodate a Galaxy Note II complete with cover and the unit also allows the docked device to be used to make phone calls while docked.
The cost to transform your Galaxy Note II into a mini desktop is US$99.99.
Source: Samsung via phandroid
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Now all they need to do is load Ubuntu on the table:
Will the usb mouse and keyboard be compatible? Is this the dream come true?
@Dawar: the Note I works with generic mice and keyboards via a USB-OTG adapter, so I expect the Note II to have the same capabilities.
Joris van den Heuvel
Get one for Samsung ATIV S and I will buy both immediately. Now Samsung is talking sense !
I have had no problem connecting a blue tooth keyboard and mouse to multiple cell phones. That is worth trying.
I can see businesses getting rid of their PCs/Desktops and opting for this set-up.
No need to keep upgrading hardware/software, just get a phone contract and Google Drive.
@Dawar @Joris van den Heuvel, The Galaxy Note II indeed handles advanced USB devices such as the Arc Mouse and Keyboard. It will also handle advanced devices like Game Pads and Joysticks, External Storage, OCR & Hand Scanners, etc. I have yet to find anything USB powered that doesn't work with the Galaxy Note II.
I think this is really useful. Typing on a tiny virtual keyboard is not easy, even with a stylus.
They need to make this for the Note Tablets too! Do away with some of the wires with WiFi or Bluetooth and Casting.
I've tried a number of bluetooth (and wired) keyboards and touchpads/trackballs/mice with my note 2, opting finally for a backlit, fullsized keyboard and the best touchpad to work with it yet; the Apple magic trackpad.
It creates a large, easily visible circle vs. the black arrow with white border outline which can be a little hard to see at times.
It also works flawlessly with maps, allowing pinch to zoom in and out.
Though I also liked the trackball/calculator/10-key combo I got from Amazon for $15.
This dock also works with my Note 4...I just used it to post this. apple mini bluetooth KB and magic mouse
"The trough in which the mobile device slots is large enough to accommodate a Galaxy Note II complete with cover and the unit also allows the docked device to be used to make phone calls while docked."
Fine, but which" convers ?? my (fairly-thick OtterBox for Note 2) ??
The pic seems to show the micro HDMI is movable and also seems long enough go enable ..
This dock now seems it might make me happier as i keep my Note 2 and absolutily refuse to buy the 'microSD-LESS' and 'non-removable-battery' S6 ..
I will also refuse upgrading my samsung to the SMARTTV-that-SPIES-on-us* model ..
I cant recall ever being so turned off by a company's 'new features' ..
I'm disgusted with Samsung..
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