Over the past few months, there have been rumors that Samsung was doing away with the Note series. Even with that, some other reports have it that the lineup is not going anywhere. With this uncertainty in place, fans have been wondering what would happen to the S-Pen if Samsung indeed axed the Note series.
There are reports that Samsung is trying to expand the use of its S-Pen to other lineups. This means that we may soon see the S-Pen on some S-series devices and not just the Note and some tab devices anymore.
As it turns out, other lineups’ support for the S-Pen is even closer than we thought. While earlier reports suggested that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 would be the first non-Note smartphone to support the S-Pen, we now know that it will actually be the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
A couple of weeks ago, Samsung made a statement, revealing that the Galaxy S21 Ultra would support the S-Pen. An FCC filing has now appeared to support the statement. According to the listing, the Samsung SMG998B (Galaxy S21 Ultra) in testing listed support for a stylus device with “two different inductive coupling modes of S-PEN motion detection (Hover and Click)” and an operating range of 0.53 – 0.6MHz.
Samsung will reportedly launch its upcoming flagship lineup on January 14. The company may, however, choose to sell the S-Pen for the Galaxy S21 Ultra separately. It is also not yet clear if the device will use the same S-Pen as the Note 20 series or if Samsung will give it a new one.