We are reader supported. External links may earn us a commission.


Will Samsung put a camera inside the S-Pen this year?

By Anton D. Nagy February 6, 2019, 2:00 am

Samsung was granted a new patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one that sounds like a scene from a James Bond movie. The patent published suggests that Samsung might be building a camera into the S-Pen of the Galaxy Note X this year, one with optical zooming capabilities.

The future S-Pen, as described by the patent, and illustrated by the image below, will include optical zoom lens in its body, an image sensor, and a button that can be used to control said zoom.

Samsung has already started adding more functionalities to its S-Pen with the Galaxy Note 9. As the pointing device becomes smarter and smarter, users can expect to do more complex tasks with it. And, since the trend is to keep smartphones as thin as possible, opting for the S-Pen, in this case, to house the optical lens array could bring the best of both worlds.


You can read more details at the source links below. That being said, do you see yourself running around with the S-Pen in your hand, pointing at subjects, and snapping pictures? And, as usual, just because there’s a patent for it, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be commercially available soon.


Latest Articles


Here's how the Apple iPod changed the world in 21 years

iPod was an industry-changing device at its time, and it had a massive impact on modern smartphones, and the way we listen to music. We take a last look at the now-discontinued Apple iPod and the history it leaves behind.

By Roland Udvarlaki May 11, 2022, 10:00 am

How to use Mic Modes in VOIP and FaceTime Calls

This guide will go over the steps you need to follow to activate one of the available Mic Mode settings on Apple Devices to begin using the feature and improve your calling experience.

By Aryan Suren May 10, 2022, 10:00 am

This iPhone 14 feature might urge users to upgrade

Until now, it appeared that iPhone 14 would only be a minor upgrade over the iPhone 13 series. However, a new leak suggests that the iPhone 14 will come with one feature that might urge users to upgrade.

By Sanuj Bhatia May 9, 2022, 5:00 am