There are but fortnight left before Samsung’s big Unpacked event, and that we may have already had our fill of leaks and rumors regarding the company’s upcoming products. However, apart from actual prices and availability dates, one small detail hasn’t been talked about that much. Samsung recently confirmed that it made a special S Pen only for its foldable phones, and a replacement piece of data about the still-unreleased S Pen Pro might be that promised stylus.
The S Pen Pro name might sound familiar to Samsung fans. It came up earlier this year with the launch of the Galaxy S21 Ultra and its optional S Pen that was markedly different from those found within the Galaxy Note series, as seen within the image above. Samsung mentioned an S Pen Pro some time past but mysteriously fell silent shortly afterward.
Now tipster @chunvn8888 on Twitter reveals the specs of what’s allegedly the S Pen Pro. Some details are just about standards for an S Pen, like 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity and a 0.7mm tip. Others, just like the ability to magnetically attach to the rear of some cases, sound more just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s S Pen.
What’s particularly interesting about this S Pen is its charges via USB-C, something that no S Pen has needed before. It’s also designed so that it won’t damage the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s screen, which is the biggest explanation for combining a stylus with a foldable phone. In other words, it’ll be employing a different technology from other S Pen’s (Wacom EMR vs. AES), which, in turn, means the S Pen Pro can’t be interchanged with the other S Pen.
S Pen Pro:
0.7 mm tip
4096 pressure points
Can be used with Z Fold3 without damaging the screen
Charges via USB C
Attaches magnetically with a few cases at the back of phones
Price around 70 bucks in the UK? https://t.co/qed83EZ936 pic.twitter.com/IKLzXqA0KZ
— Chun (@chunvn8888) July 27, 2021
Whether this S Pen Pro is that the same stylus promised for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is still uncertain. It doesn’t add up, however, for Samsung to make a special incompatible stylus that can’t be used on phones aside from the Galaxy Z Fold 3. it’ll be interesting to ascertain how this plays in practice, especially when it involves that part about not damaging the sensitive, flexible display.