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Representational image of Samsung Galaxy S7. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

It seems Samsung is planning to make its Galaxy S8 flagship device a direct competitor to HP’s Elite x3 handset while also besting the likes of iPhone 8 and LG G6. Sources have come out to claim that Apple’s biggest rival is working on its S7 successor with a desktop-enabled smartphone in mind.

Some unnamed sources have exclusively spoken with The Guardian this week to gush about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 device. They said that the S8 is going to launch in two size variants, which are currently referred internally as Dream and Dream 2. The handsets are reportedly sporting bezel-less “infinity” display panels and the iris-scanning technology that debuted with the canned Galaxy Note 7.

Though most of the specs and features the sources covered were already mentioned in previous reports and rumors, there is new information that will surely catch the attention of many Samsung fans. Apparently, the sources claimed that Samsung plans to release a range of accessories for the Galaxy S8. Among them is a dock that would transform the smartphone into an Android PC provided the right peripherals are available.

The dock is said to support connections with a monitor, keyboard and other peripherals — all working together to give users the full PC experience. Making the desktop computer setup possible is Samsung’s version of Microsoft’s Continuum. Continuum is a signature feature of Windows 10 that enables phones to transform computers. Samsung’s version is expected to be called DeX.

While Continuum allowed Windows 10-running phones to give the full PC experience using Windows Store applications, DeX is expected to bring a full-on Android computer experience to Galaxy S8 users. According to Tom’s Guide, the Galaxy S8 will have no problem in powering this new service because the handset is housing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU.

Previously, it was believed that Samsung is going to unveil the Galaxy S8 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February. However, new reports have debunked earlier speculations and are now claiming that the device will be introduced to the world in late March and will likely be up for grabs by April.

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