By Stephen Schenck | February 27, 2012 9:39 AM
Samsung brought the stylus back to smartphones with the Galaxy Note and its S Pen, and the company’s been so pleased with its reception that we’ve heard it discuss plans to adopt the same input technology for more of its products, especially tablets. Since the S Pen uses a Wacom digitizer, rather than acting as a generic capacitive stylus, adding support for it needs to be done while a device is still in hardware development. As a result, it seemed like there might be a short delay before we started seeing the S Pen on other Samsung gear. Instead, there’s now a sign that just such a device could nearly be ready, with Samsung mentioning a Galaxy Note 10.1 in an official MWC event invitation.
Samsung’s event is focused on developers and among the topics for exhibition are the S Pen SDK, the original Note, and now this Note 10.1. It’s a bit surprising to see the Note name tied to a device that large, as we might have expected Samsung to reserve it for five-to-seven-inch devices. Instead, could it be thinking to associate the S Pen with the name Note, as to differentiate those devices from touch-only Tab models?
Of course, there’s always the possibility this was a typo. After all, it seems a bit odd for a company to knowingly reveal a brand new product in such a manner as this. In that case, what could Samsung have meant? It’s quite difficult to find another reading that makes sense and also doesn’t similarly leak a new product name. The great thing about this, and other MWC-related rumors, is that we should end up learning the truth quite soon.