A patent application shows how Samsung envisages the next generation of the S-Pen. Now it looks like Samsung is looking to stuff a lot more imaging tech into the S Pen, as a patent reveals it has been working on hosting a zoom camera within the pen's barrel.
If this concept ever became reality, two possible downsides include the fact that such a stylus would likely be much more expensive than the S-Pen and the battery life wouldn't be so great. It was first spotted by Patently Mobile and brought to our attention by our buddies at TechRadar.
Samsung's S-Pen stylus has traditionally been included with its Galaxy Note smartphones, and the latest iteration connects to the Note 9 via Bluetooth and can be used to remotely take pictures via a button on its side.
Why would you want a camera in a stylus, you ask? A patent originally filed back in February of 2017 was recently granted to Samsung by the US Patent and Trademark Office for an S-Pen with an optical system and image sensor inside so, a camera.
This would result in a more expansive screen and remove the need for a display notch. We are in the eighth generation with the Galaxy Note 9 - remember, Samsung skipped the Galaxy Note 6 ... Although the next iteration of the Galaxy Note series is still months away from been official, internal work on the device might already be in progress. And if the camera is good enough, imagine how stable your videos could be when you're holding a pen that only weighs an ounce or two. Using the extra space in the stylus opens up an opportunity to include a wider range of optical zoom options. Additionally, the pen would offer more versatility when taking photos, letting users get into positions that would be awkward if holding a phone. It is possible that the new S-Pen will appear in the summer together with the Galaxy Note 10, but don't be too surprised if it doesn't.