Good News for S-Pen Lovers: Samsung Buys Stake in Wacom

The first Galaxy Note was a big gamble for Samsung; would smartphone customers remark favorably to the reintroduction of the stylus, or were such accessories destined to be relics of a foregone age? That move ended up paying off in a big way, and since then we’ve seen Samsung refine its stylus game even more, delivering more modern devices like the Note II and Note 10.1. With the Galaxy Note 8.0 just over the horizon, things have been looking bright for Samsung’s ongoing relationship with the S-Pen, and that seems to be solidified all the more now with news of Samsung’s big investment in Wacom.

Wacom’s the company behind the digitizer panel giving the S-Pen its remarkable resolution and performance. A leader in the market for graphics tablets, it’s no wonder why Samsung first turned to the company when designing the Note. Now Samsung’s firming-up its relationship with Wacom by purchasing a five percent stake in the company.

That may not sound like much, but it still works out to a nearly $60 million investment, which is hard not to read as a sign that Samsung is serious about keeping the Note lineup going. It also makes us think about rumors that the S-Pen could evolve beyond its place in Note-series devices and find a larger role in Samsung’s overall family of smartphones and tablets.

Source: Wacom (PDF)
Via: Engadget

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