Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 prides itself on being something between a smartphone and a tablet, and now a new accessory allows the “phablet” to act as a mini computer.
The Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock gives owners the chance to connect their device to a variety of accessories including: an HD monitor, an external storage device, or a USB keyboard and mouse. The dock comes complete with three USB ports, a full HDMI port, 1080p video output, a micro USB port for charging, and a 3.5mm jack to connect speakers.
Those using one of Samsung’s flip covers will not have to remove them before plugging into the dock, and most slimline covers are also compatible. While connecting to the Smart Dock, users can still make phone calls or send messages with their device.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 owners could essentially replace their desktop PC with the Smart Dock, as this enables the device to support a full–sized keyboard, mouse, and monitor. In addition, it could also transform your phone into a media hub, as users can plug the Smart Dock into a television while connecting it to an external storage device via USB ports. This gives users a quick and convenient way to watch movies or TV shows stored on their external hard drives on their television screens.
And the best part—it folds up, allowing for easy transport. Users can simply throw it in their bag or purse and have a mini media hub on the go.
Devices such as the Smart Dock open up new possibilities for the way entertainment is consumed through mobile devices. Imagine having the ability to play mobile games on your television screen? If devices such as these catch on, perhaps game controllers will be made compatible with mobile products. Users could simply connect their Galaxy Note 2 or other device to their TV screen and plug in a game controller via a USB port.
Mobile games are quickly gaining traction and evolving within the video game industry, and the ability to take that experience to the big screen could push that even further. Some companies are already developing products to enhance the mobile gaming experience, such as PowerA’s MOGA, which is a full controller that connects to an Android smartphone or tablet.
The Galaxy Note 2 Smart Dock is currently available through UK retailer Clove and Samsung’s United States website. It’s priced at $99.99, but no release date has been specified by Clove. Samsung’s website is offering the device for pre-order, but there’s no estimated shipping date.
Samsung’s “phablet” successor has already seen launches across the US on carriers T-Mobile, US Cellular and Sprint. However, Verizon and AT&T users will have to wait a little longer. The Galaxy Note 2 release date for AT&T is set for Nov. 9, while Verizon has yet to make any announcements. However, those paying close attention will notice that the carrier silently rolled out its pre-order page, hinting that the Galaxy Note sequel could hit stores on Nov. 27.
Lisa Eadicicco is a reporter covering mobile technology and video games for The International Business Times. Lisa joined the editorial team at IBT in January 2012, and has...