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Your Next Galaxy Note S Pen May Double as a Camera

09 February 2019

The South Korean giant reinvented the S Pen for the Galaxy Note 9, where it added Bluetooth functionality.

A newly granted Samsung patent has revealed an S-Pen with a camera. The battery in the current S-Pen can last around 30 minutes or 200 clicks, whichever comes first. But on Tuesday, Samsung was granted a patent for cramming a camera with an optical zoom into what sure looks like its S-Pen stylus - and it actually seems like a great idea. This camera which is going to be embedded into the styles could be operated by an external button while another button which is placed on the lower side of the Stylus will be allowing its users to zoom in and out.

This patent was originally filed in February 2017 and describes an "electric pen device" which has a built-in camera with optical zoom capabilities. It appears that Samsung is looking for ways to completely remove both the notch and "punch hole" display designs, but still allow Galaxy Note owners to take selfies.

The S Pen will connect wired or wirelessly to a phone, likely to be able to transfer images over. Samsung's patent also moots a key on the S-Pen to control the camera's zoom. Samsung explains in the patent that smartphones typically employ digital zoom, but in the process of enlarging an image via a program or algorithm, the overall quality of the images takes a hit. Not unless, of course, Samsung manages to put flash data storage in the S Pen too.

The Samsung Galaxy Note series is one of the very few in the mobile world to include a stylus, and while other OEMs have attempted to create competing devices, direct competition hasn't been something that Samsung's lineup has been faced with most of the time. However, I would imagine that video calls would be mildly annoying via the S-Pen camera, as you'd need to hold the stylus up for the duration of the call.

Your Next Galaxy Note S Pen May Double as a Camera