Samsung Considering the Note’s S Pen Stylus for Future Tablets
Samsung gave us a lot to love about the Galaxy Note, from its extra-large HD screen, to its S Pen stylus input. That latter feature opens a new world of extra-precise touchscreen control, while also providing a pressure-sensitive form of input missing from most smartphones. Compared to the bulkier, battery-powered HTC Scribe stylus, the S Pen really comes off as sleek and sophisticated. If you’ve been jealous of the Note’s exclusive access to the S Pen, you’ll be glad to know that Samsung may have plans for bringing S Pen technology to more devices, including future tablets.
Samsung’s Ryan Bidan recently spoke with Laptop Magazine, discussing tablets, TouchWiz, and the Samsung user experience. After touching on the Note, Bidan responded to a question about the possibility for the S Pen to make its way to additional Samsung hardware, saying, “I think a pen interface continues to make a lot of sense across a number of screen sizes, like the larger is more obvious of those. That’s about as specific as I can be without announcing a product.”
Samsung will have to integrate Wacom digitizer hardware into future S-Pen-compatible devices, which is likely to manifest as slightly-higher retail prices; unlike a simple capacitive stylus, the S Pen requires special hardware support. If Samsung were to add the feature across its whole tablet lineup, that could go a long way towards further distinguishing its offerings from those of other tablet manufacturers.