One of the biggest differentiators of the Samsung Galaxy Note series is its S Pen. And let’s admit it, the South Korean technology giant has made every S Pen better than the last one we saw. The latest S Pen, which is coupled with Samsung Galaxy Note 9, comes with Bluetooth connectivity and can run for minutes with just a minute of charging.
And now, we have some really exciting news about an upcoming S Pen that points towards Samsung planning to go notch-less. However, we can’t really say if we’ll get to see this S Pen with Samsung Galaxy Note 10. It has been reported that USPTO has today granted a patent that shows the S Pen being used as a camera with an optical zoom. This could very well mean that Samsung plans to remove the notch from the display of its Galaxy Note series smartphone and use the S Pen to house the camera.
So, if you are one of those people who don’t find the idea of a punch-hole on a display too appealing, you can rejoice. In the patent, Samsung has mentioned that handsets usually utilize digital zoom in order to reduce the thickness of the smartphone, however, optical zoom in comparison results in better quality of the final image.
The patent further throws light on describing a method with which one can embed an optical sensor into the S Pen. There would be at one lens that users will be able to control via an external button.
We know that to some people, the idea of an accessory of the smartphone housing the selfie camera may seem a little over the top, but with more and more smartphones becoming bezel-less and notch-less, companies are expected to come up with new and innovative ways to place the selfie camera.
If we speak about other flagships from Samsung – Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy S10E – they will come with a hole-punch display that we first saw on Galaxy A8s to house the selfie camera in the screen itself. By placing the selfie camera in the S Pen, which remains with Galaxy Note smartphones all the time, Samsung will be going a step ahead by completely removing the camera from the front panel.
We should also mention that the patent that has surfaced online was filed a year back in February 2017. While it does seem to provide a solution that will help Samsung do away with the notch and resort to bezels that will be as thin as possible, we can’t say if it will be seen on the Galaxy Note 10 mobile that is expected to launch this year.