There Might Be A Camera Inside The Galaxy Note 10's Stylus

Yolanda Curtis
February 9, 2019

Why would you want a camera in a stylus, you ask?

The electric pen device 100 according to an exemplary embodiment may be used by being mounted on electronic devices, such as smart phones, notebooks, or monitors, may input information or transmit a command to the electronic devices, and may include a camera 11 having a zooming function. A little further down in the new S-Pen, which we expect to see for the first time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, is the necessary board with the electronics, which of course has to be extremely small. Optical zoom employs an array of lenses, and since a stylus would provide more space to fit such a module, it is better suited for an external device rather than a smartphone that does not provide enough space and will have to increase its thickness for accommodating the optical zoom hardware. There have been a grand total of zero S Pen with an integrated camera. Last year, the series got Galaxy Note 9 that not only came with beefier set of specs but also an improved S Pen that supported Bluetooth.

Samsung has today been granted a patent approval by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and it is for an S-Pen with an optical system and image sensor inside.

Samsung earlier this week acquired a patent for an intriguing S Pen featuring its own a camera. The patent paints a picture which indicates that the company is going to remove both the notch and punch hole display designs. Samsung's last S-Pen used a supercapacitor to quickly charge the device via the stylus slot.

Given how tiny the S Pen is, it's hard to imagine that there is enough room inside the pint-sized stylus to fit a capable shooter. For instance, users can hold down the button on the S Pen to open the camera app, tap the button once to take a photo or double tap to switch between the front or rear camera.

The Note 9's S Pen also lets users control presentation slides, media playback, help with translation of text in addition to the regular tasks of helping users take notes.

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