XDA User Turned a Macbook Pro Into a DIY Samsung DeX Laptop
Along with the Galaxy S8 and S8+ announcement earlier this year, we also got to know Samsung DeX. This wireless-charging dock allows you to connect your Galaxy S8, S8+ or Note 8 as a desktop computer, allowing you to do things you would normally do on a proper desktop platform, like web browsing, sending emails, getting work done, and so on. However, the biggest deal-breaker with DeX is that you need a keyboard, a monitor and a mouse laying around in order to use your phone with those. This doesn’t allow you to get things done on the go, as getting DeX to work on a laptop is not exactly a plug and play process as it is on the desktop. And if you already have such peripherals, and the money to buy a Samsung flagship, you probably have a PC as well anyway.
Luckily, XDA Junior Member kreal was not afraid to get his hands dirty in order to make a DIY Samsung DeX laptop dock. He took an old MacBook Pro from early 2008, removed the motherboard and other internals, got a couple of powerbanks, cobbled up some cables, and after a lot of hard work, hacking and effort he managed to get the Samsung DeX interface to boot up in the MacBook Pro’s 1440×900 display. He documented the process in full in our Galaxy S8 forums.
If you’d like to get your hands dirty with a laptop and a Galaxy S8, go ahead and check the forums to see the process, step by step, with pictures included. However, have in mind that it’s a pretty hacky process, and there’s no actual guarantee that things will go fine and dandy: you’re on your own. After all, cracking open a laptop and replacing all the internals is not for the faint of heart at all, and you might void a few warranties (though we are use to that here). The author of this project has also made a video of the laptop dock booting the DeX interface flawlessly with his Galaxy S8, and he’s also answering questions from users in the thread.