Last updated: June 26, 2023, 5:17 PM IST
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The launch of the Google Pixel 8 series this year could have a new useful feature that many Samsung users have been relying on for a few years. Reports suggest that the upcoming Pixel 8 lineup could support remote display mode, meaning you can connect the phone to a larger screen and do regular PC activities through the device.
Display connectivity is reportedly via the USB-C port on the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro models. We’ve already seen Samsung offer its DeX mode that lets you connect its more expensive Galaxy phones to PCs via a USB cable, and now Google could finally have a similar option for Pixel users. The next Pixel 8 models will be powered by the new Tensor G3 chipset which is also powered by Samsung’s Exynos SoC.
Since the South Korean brand already offers a PC connection mode for its phones, the Pixel 8 series could take that to its advantage and make it possible for Pixel 8 users to connect their phone’s screen to a larger screen and convert it into a PC.
That said, Google will also need some software tweaking so you can pair the external display with a keyboard and mouse, effectively turning it into a PC in your pocket.
That’s not all, Google will also have to optimize the chipset with the Pixel 7 series and avoid all the warming people complain about. The last thing you need is a phone that heats up like an oven and then makes PC mode pretty ineffective purely because of its limitations.
If the reports come out and the Pixel 8 series gets the feature, it won’t be surprising to see Google pushing support for its existing Pixel models and even the Pixel tablet in the near future, making it an attractive option for people who need support for an external display for their phone and tablet. Having this support could also help Google narrow the gap to iPads and make it a viable consumer productivity option, even though it runs on Android.