Is the (Even Without DeX)

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 Worth It? ​

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Samsung recently presented the brand new Galaxy Z Flip 5 at its Galaxy Unpacked event. As it happens whenever a new phone is released to the market, many are wondering whether it's worth the investment or not, especially since it does not support Samsung DeX as many were hoping it would. Let’s have a quick look at what we know so far about the Z Flip 5 and how some think it might still be possible to use it in a desktop mode.

The Samsung Z Flip 5: A Quick Overview

With its compact design, you can slip it into your pocket and strut around like the tech-savvy superstar you are.

But wait, there’s more! Feast your eyes on the vibrant display that brings your photos and videos to life. It’s like having a mini IMAX theater in the palm of your hand! And let’s not forget the Flex Window feature. Want to check your messages or scroll through Instagram without unfolding the phone? No problemo! Just peek through the magical window and voila, you’re connected!

Under the hood, the Z Flip 5 is packing some serious power. It’s got an upgraded chip-set that’ll make your apps run smoother than a buttered dolphin sliding down a rainbow. And speaking of durability, the improved hinge design ensures that this little beauty can withstand all the flips, flops, and flaps you throw at it.

Oh, and did I mention the USB-C 3.2 port? Not only does it charge your phone faster than a caffeine-fueled cheetah, but it also supports video output. That means you can connect it to your TV and watch your favorite movies and shows on the big screen. Movie night just got a whole lot more interesting!

So whether you’re a social media superstar, a multitasking maestro, or a professional on the go, the Z Flip 5 has got your back. It’s the ultimate blend of style, convenience, and all-around awesomeness. Get ready to flip out over this phone, because it’s about to flip your world upside down!

6.7", 2640 x 1080 (FHD+) Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120 Hz External screen: 3.4", 720 x 748

Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Double rear camera: 12.0 MP + 12.0 MP Front camera: 10.0 MP UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @60fps

IPX8; water resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 min). Armor aluminum frame with scratch resistance

3700 mAh battery. Up to 17h of battery with internet usage, 20h for videos, 57h for audio

USB Type-C compatible DisplayPort to connect to an external display

The absence of DeX on the Galaxy Z Flip 5

Why and what to do about it?

The Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a great little phone, but it's missing one key feature: Samsung DeX. DeX is a platform that lets you use your phone like a PC, with multiple windows and keyboard shortcuts. So why doesn't the Z Flip 5 have it? Well, Samsung says it's because the phone doesn't have enough thermal headroom. That means it would overheat if you tried to use DeX for too long. But some people think Samsung is just making excuses. They say the phone has plenty of power and that Samsung is just trying to get you to buy the more expensive Galaxy Z Fold 5. Whatever the reason, the lack of DeX is a bummer for some people. But don't worry, there are still ways to get a desktop-like experience on the Z Flip 5. You can use Android's built-in desktop mode, or you can try a third-party app like Leena Desktop UI or Sentio Desktop

Deskto modes alternatives

Despite the absence of DeX, it is believed that there might be other ways to achieve a desktop-like experience on the Galaxy Z Flip 5. Here are a few alternatives that could work:

1. Android Desktop Mode: Android 10 and later versions have a built-in desktop mode that can be accessed via USB-C to HDMI adapter.

2. Microsoft’s Your Phone App: This app allows you to link your Samsung phone to your Windows PC. You can then access your phone’s apps, texts, and photos on your computer.

3. Third-Party Apps: There are several third-party apps available on the Google Play Store that can provide a desktop-like interface. Examples include Leena Desktop UI and Sentio Desktop.

To flip or not to flip

So what should we do?

The new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a unique and powerful device that continues to push the boundaries of what a foldable smartphone can be, offering a unique blend of style, functionality, and innovation. The significant upgrades, such as the larger cover screen, the improved hinge design, and the support for video output, make it a versatile device that can cater to a wide range of user needs.

On the other hand, the absence of DeX is indeed a major letdown, especially for those who had high hopes that this feature would finally make its debut in the Z Flip series, and particularly for those who had envisioned using their phone as a mini laptop. However, it’s crucial to note that the Z Flip 5’s support for video output could potentially pave the way for achieving a desktop-like experience. This opens up the possibility of using Android’s built-in desktop mode, Microsoft’s Your Phone app, or even third-party apps to transform the phone into a more productive device. Especially using a lapdock like Mirabook or a docking station like Miradock.

Moreover, some do believe that the addition of the DeX feature in future updates or iterations is not entirely out of the question. It’s a move that should be considered by Samsung to enhance even more the functionality of the Z Flip 5. Nevertheless, the absence of DeX on the Z Flip 5 is a reality, and as for what the future holds, we have no concrete information at this time.

Therefore, whether or not the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is worth it largely depends on your specific needs and how you plan to use the device. It does bring to the table certain enhancements and new features compared to its predecessor, the Z Flip 4. However, it’s essential to carefully consider these upgrades in the context of your usage patterns.

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Miraxess and the Samsung DeX​ ecosystem

With your Samsung Galaxy and a Samsung DeX compatible lapdock such as the MiraBook, be productive on-the-go and make it even more versatile and useful!

Samsung DeX is a feature that allows users to connect their device to a larger screen, such as a television or monitor, and use it as a desktop computer. This feature allows users to access their apps, files, and contacts on a larger display, while also allowing them to use a mouse and keyboard for a more traditional computing experience.

Once plugged into a Mirabook or Miradock, the device's interface will automatically switch to DeX mode, which is optimized for use on a larger screen and will resemble a traditional desktop, with a taskbar and the ability to open multiple windows. The device can also connect to the internet using Wi-Fi or Ethernet, allowing for full access to the web.

Open multiple windows and use split-screen mode which makes it perfect for multitasking.  Easily switch between mobile and desktop modes to be productive on the go and then seamlessly transition to a larger screen. Overall, Samsung DeX is a great way to enhance the capabilities of your Samsung Galaxy device.

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