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Galaxy Note 9 S Pen features may include music playback control

We have seen multiple reports over the past couple of weeks about the Galaxy Note 9 S Pen features, one even suggested that the stylus is going to receive its “biggest update ever” for Samsung’s new flagship smartphone.

There is enough circumstantial evidence to suggest that the S Pen will figure prominently in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 announcement. The first Galaxy Note 9 teaser from Samsung particularly focuses on the S Pen which suggests that there might be some truth to these reports after all.

Galaxy Note 9 S Pen features

Ice Universe, the China-based source who leaks stuff on social media, has made some claims today regarding the Galaxy Note 9 S Pen features. It’s pertinent to mention here that this source has been right on multiple occasions in the past.

A crude machine translation of his Weibo post reveals that the Galaxy Note 9 S Pen will essentially be a portable Bluetooth controller. Since it would have Bluetooth support, the S Pen button could ostensibly be used for triggering a long-range remote self-timer and for controlling music playback.

A similar claim was also posted on Twitter by the same source in which it’s said that since the S Pen has Bluetooth support, it will have a feature that one wouldn’t expect from a stylus. It may offer some gameplay features but that’s just speculation at this point in time. There are rumors that the S Pen might even double as a Bluetooth speaker but then that would require a battery to be built into the stylus which would make it thicker.

This isn’t the first time that we’re hearing about Bluetooth support for the S Pen. It’s also mentioned in the early Galaxy Note 9 hands-on that the S Pen supports Bluetooth and brings some new software features.

Samsung has obviously confirmed nothing about this so far and we can’t really expect it to given that we’re just over a month away from the official Galaxy Note 9 announcement on August 9.

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locarno
locarno

If it uses bluetooth, so power are form what? From phone ?

fcaroll
fcaroll

What’s good about the spen is that it’s not powered by a battery. Bluetooth would probably make it bigger (because of the battery) and more difficult to fit in the phone’s body. Other reports claim that we’ll see a 4000 mAh battery so maybe there’s not space enough for both things

preime101
preime101

wouldn’t mind bigger (as long as it still fits into the body) as it would be easier to hold

stondec
stondec

The S Pen already works so well, I hope this turns out to be enhancing, rather than spoiling an already awesome stylus.