We all have at least one friend who uses their phone for everything. These same friends seemingly never touch a PC and have often been removed from the platform for sometime. Due to the convenience of these mobile devices a majority of desktop level computing is now done on a mobile unit. With this being said there still exists a market for low end PCs to perform basic tasks. This market mainly consists of laptops that are used primarily by individuals who are either not adept at using mobile devices (the elderly), are currently involved in academia (college students), or simply prefer a desktop experience (this is very rare). Soon these devices may be replaced by simple docking stations that can be used to turn your phone into a desktop. Tech giants such as Samsung are now producing desktop top extension devices that allow smartphones to be used like a traditional PC.
Right now the usage for these devices fall somewhere between a Chromebook and a NUC but as storage capacity and mobile processing power increases these products could fully replace laptops and low end PCs. Currently Samsung’s DeX units only support the Galaxy S8/S8+, Galaxy Note 8, and soon to release Galaxy S9/S9+ but there soon may be other manufactures who produce similar devices that support more phones.
As of this moment Samsung is leading the market with the DeX station paired with it’s newest flagship the Galaxy S9 which essentially turns the phone into a 2k capable light-duty PC.
I know this technology hasn’t reached critical mass yet but I will probably be recommending this to people as a cheap PC alternative for those who already own a compatible device. I can confidently say idealistically this is a better choice than a Chromebook at least as far as cost/practicality goes. However, in terms of portability the Chromebook still wins for now until Samsung or some other manufacture releases a proper portable solution. Although this is definitely not the answer for power users I truly believe the DeX does have a place in the market.