Integrating a desktop interface in our mobile devices has been attempted many times in the past. Back in 2011, Motorola released a lapdock for their Motorola Atrix device, which turned it into a laptop in order to improve your workflow. With Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft introduced Continuum, which allowed any Windows 10 mobile device to plug into a monitor and boot an incomplete desktop version of Windows 10, eerily similar to the actual PC version, which also included things like full Microsoft Edge and Microsoft Office support. And earlier this year, Samsung introduced their DeX interface, which allows S8 and Note 8 users to boot into a desktop interface using a dedicated dock. However, there’s apparently another major player looking to get into this growing market: Huawei and their flagship device, the Huawei Mate 10.
As the Huawei Mate 10 announcement nears, more details about said device surface. Thanks to a report from French technology site FrAndroid, we now know that Huawei may debut a DeX-like desktop interface with their Mate 10 flagship phone. Just like Samsung DeX, said interface would work using a proprietary dock aided by the DisplayPort, which would seamlessly convert the Huawei Mate 10 into a desktop computer easily. However, unlike Samsung’s solution, the Mate 10 would apparently also work with existing docks and lapdocks, like the Andromium Superbook and the Miraxess Mirabook, in an effort by Huawei to maximize compatibility. Miraxess CEO Yanis Anteur also reportedly told Gearburn that the Huawei flagships coming in October would have a DeX-like feature, and that they’d be compatible with the Mirabook.
Of course, we should note that at the moment this is nothing more than a rumor supported by one statement, as no leaks or pictures have actually surfaced regarding said desktop interface, so take everything with a grain of salt. But, seeing that Huawei is now the second most popular smartphone brand in the world after surpassing Apple earlier this month, this move (together with Samsung’s DeX) should make more and more manufacturers implement a desktop interface in their flagship phones during the coming months/years.
Having desktop interface support in your device is immensely useful: instead of having to deal with watered down applications and mobile versions for your programs and websites of choice, you can access more desktop-friendly versions of these programs without carrying around a computer, improving your workflow considerably on the go. While a possible Huawei implementation is sure to put more pressure on other OEMs, we still remain to see if it will be widely adopted at long last, or if it will remain as a gimmick like the Motorola Atrix and Microsoft’s Continuum.
The phone will be announced on October 16th, and if this does end up being true, then we’ll get more details about this supposed desktop interface.