For a number of years after the iPhone reshaped smartphones, it regarded just like the venerable stylus was going the best way of the dodo. Then, Samsung unearthed a latent love of the stylus in smartphone customers with the Galaxy Word. The Word collection has been utilizing the identical primary stylus expertise all these years, however that might change with the Galaxy Word 9. This telephone appears to be like like it’s going to characteristic a Bluetooth enabled S Pen stylus, which might breath new life into the Word.

The present S Pen has no battery — it’s an inductive stylus primarily based on expertise licensed from Wacom. An energetic digitizer within the display screen detects the tip of the stylus, powering it with an electromagnetic subject. The power on the top of the stylus determines when the display screen registers a faucet. Technically, the tip doesn’t even have to the touch the display screen. Should you maintain the S Pen near the display screen and push on the top along with your finger, the Word eight and earlier additionally detect a faucet of the stylus. This strategy is easy however restricted.

In accordance with a brand new FCC report, Samsung’s S Pen for the Galaxy S9 handed by means of the company. The stunning half is it was examined for Bluetooth regulatory compliance. The present S Pen doesn’t have Bluetooth because it’s simply an inductive stylus. This means the S pen on the Word 9 might be vastly totally different.

For one, the Word 9’s S Pen will want energy. That most likely means Samsung can have some intelligent charging mechanism within the telephone’s stylus compartment. Sustaining an energetic connection to the telephone permits the S Pen to do rather more than it may do on the Word eight and earlier. For instance, the button on the S Pen might help media controls in your telephone, or it might function as a presentation controller in case your telephone is in Dex mode.


Drawing and writing are the first use instances for the S Pen, and making it operate over Bluetooth might enhance these considerably. The system might concentrate on tilt to provide totally different strains or shading like an actual pencil. It might additionally do simpler palm rejection.

Android added help for Bluetooth styluses again in Marshmallow. Samsung has waited three lengthy years to make the most of it, however the time has come. Gadgets just like the Apple Pencil have proven how rather more succesful a Bluetooth stylus could be on a contemporary OS. The important thing can be how simple it’s to maintain the Bluetooth S Pen charged. Should you’re always operating out of juice, it’s not going to be well worth the trouble.