[Update: Bluetooth confirmed by FCC] Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen could be used to take photos and control music
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 event is on the horizon, and we already basically know how the device will look. Samsung seems to be putting a large focus on an upgraded version of the S Pen, according to Ice Universe, a well known Chinese leaker. We could be seeing the S Pen finally become more than just a drawing tool. It could potentially be used for taking photos and controlling music playback too, effectively making it a portable Bluetooth controller for your smartphone. The S Pen is what sets aside the Note series from the regular flagship series of devices from Samsung, so it’s only right that the Galaxy Note 9 will improve upon that feature yet again.
The S Pen is looking at not only becoming a controller for your music, it also could potentially be used for gameplay too. What that means isn’t quite clear though, and could possibly be the result of a poor machine translation of the original leak (via SamMobile). You can check that out below.
Any other functionality is yet to be seen, but it’s clear that Samsung is looking to expand the S Pen’s feature set. If it’s Bluetooth enabled, though, that could mean that it requires a battery, which would make it bulkier than before. If it’s not Bluetooth enabled, then it’s unclear how the buttons on the pen will work with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Ice Universe has been correct on multiple occasions in the past. Not just on Samsung devices either. Ice Universe said the Google Pixel 3 XL will have a notched display made by LG. We can’t confirm it’s made by LG just yet but renders leaked by OnLeaks and MySmartPrice indicate that the notched display will, in fact, be present. There’s not much doubt regarding the authenticity of Ice Universe’s report. The press event is still a bit away for the device’s launch, but with leaks starting to appear we may learn more about the upgraded S Pen very soon.
Update: Bluetooth Support Confirmed
According to the FCC (via Droid-Life), a device referred to as a “Stylus Pen” has model number EJ-PN960. The “N960” model number matches up with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s SM-N960 model number. The S Pen will connect to the phone with 2.4GHz Bluetooth LE. This means the stylus will have a battery for the first time.