Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Galaxy Note S Pen with a camera? Probably not happening

Galaxy Note S Pen with a camera? Probably not happening

"The electric pen device includes a control board configured to interact with an electronic device and a communication module configured to communicate by wire or wirelessly with the electronic device, so that an image or a picture taken by a camera is confirmed and an optical zoom is controlled from the external electronic device", the patent reads. It was first spotted by Patently Mobile and brought to our attention by our buddies at TechRadar.

That is set to move further in the future with a patent approved to Samsung allowing the S Pen to hold a camera within it including optical zoom which potentially removing the need for a front facing camera and killing the notch! There's also mention of battery being mounted in the pen. There have been a grand total of zero S Pen with an integrated camera. 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.

With screens getting bigger with virtually no bezels, this could be an alternative solution to solve the selfie camera conundrum. Samsung already enriched the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen with a shutter button allowing users to capture images remotely, so the next evolutionary step could very well be the addition of an actual camera. The sensor to click the image will be controlled by the button placed on the S Pen itself. The pen in the Galaxy Note has thus become a truly unique selling point that other manufacturers can not offer - not a bad thing in times of interchangeable smartphone designs.

An included diagram illustrates the pen sitting in a Galaxy Note-style holding storage space as well as peeking out slightly like those pop-up cam systems we've seen recently. This way, you can quickly take shots while the phone is still in your pocket or bag. It is not for sure when will Samsung decide to use this tech in its smartphones.

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