Last month, Samsung opened up pre-orders for its DeX Pad that was announced alongside the Galaxy S9 in Barcelona. The DeX Pad now has an official launch date of May 13, and Samsung is sweetening the deal for those thinking of buying a Galaxy S9. If you purchase a brand new Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus, you can get a DeX Pad for free. The DeX Pad costs $99, so it's a pretty good deal for those looking to buy a Galaxy S9 anyways.
The DeX Pad was announced at Unpacked in Barcelona along with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. This is the second DeX product that Samsung has announced, and it is basically a new form factor for the feature announced last year. DeX allows you to plug your phone into a monitor and use it as a desktop, since the Snapdragon 835 (and now the Snapdragon 845 in the Galaxy S9) are powerful enough to use as a desktop processor. It's not quite as feature-rich as a traditional desktop operating system like Windows or macOS, but it will work great for most people. Samsung has been working with app developers to get them ready for DeX, and now it has a second dock for DeX. The DeX Pad is a great purchase since it allows you to plug in your Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus and then use it as a touchpad or a mouse when in DeX mode.
To get the DeX Pad for free, all you need to do is purchase a Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus through Samsung's website. Now Samsung does offer all of the carrier models as well as the unlocked version on its website – and they are slightly cheaper than purchasing at the carriers. Then add the DeX Pad to your cart, and you'll be credited $99 when you checkout. The DeX Pad will ship once it's available, but the Galaxy S9 should ship immediately. You can purchase it from Samsung's website using the link below.