Samsung’s new wireless keyboard is built for DeX

Samsung’s new wireless keyboard is built for DeX

Samsung DeX has been around for a few years now, allowing select Samsung-made phones and tablets to display a desktop-like interface on top of Android with windowed applications. There are already a few hardware accessories intended to make DeX more accessible or useful, like the now-discontinued DeX Station, but now there’s a new wireless keyboard built for the feature.

The Samsung Smart Keyboard Trio 500 has just been listed on the company’s Levant website (via Max Jambor on Twitter), possibly ahead of a launch in more regions. It’s available in white or black, with laptop-like chiclet keys. The wireless keyboard looks similar to Apple’s Magic Keyboard.

Like some other Bluetooth keyboards and mice, the Samsung Smart Keyboard Trio 500 can keep three connections saved, so repairing isn’t needed every single time you want to switch devices. Samsung has also added three shortcut keys (the secondary functionality on the F1, F2, and F3 keys), which can open a certain app when pressed. The shortcut functions only work on Galaxy smartphones and tablets with One UI 3.1 updated since March 2021. Finally, the F12 key can start DeX mode with one click.

Samsung hasn’t shared many specifications for the Smart Keyboard Trio 500, except that it weighs 412.3 grams, uses Bluetooth 5.0, and measures 280.4 x 127.4 x 15.4 mm (WxHxD). The wireless keyboard also requires two AAA batteries for power — no rechargeable battery cells here, unfortunately.

Next week, Samsung is holding another Galaxy Unpacked event where it plans to unveil the “most powerful Galaxy” device yet. We’re expecting the company to drop a couple of laptops and possibly a new tablet on us, but it’s also possible we’ll see a few new accessories launch at the event such as the new keyboard. We won’t know for sure until next week, though, but we probably won’t have to wait long since Samsung has already started listing this keyboard in a few markets.

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