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Galaxy Z Fold3 could finally bring S-Pen support to the foldable

The Galaxy Z Fold2 didn't end up supporting the S-Pen despite rumors. (Image: Samsung)
The Galaxy Z Fold2 didn't end up supporting the S-Pen despite rumors. (Image: Samsung)
Samsung could be finally bringing S-Pen support to its Galaxy Z Fold line with next year’s model. According to a new report, the Galaxy Z Fold3 will add the long awaited feature thanks to the introduction of thicker foldable glass and some other tweaks.

Samsung’s S-Pen is one of its most iconic technologies and is a signature feature of the Galaxy Note series and also ships with its high-end Galaxy tablets. Although there were rumors suggesting the Galaxy Z Fold2 would launch with S-Pen support thanks to the addition of ultra-thin glass (UTG), that didn’t eventuate. Things, however, could well change with the launch of the Galaxy Z Fold3 next year.

Citing industry insiders, a report from The Elec says that Samsung is trying to make this a reality by adopting a combination of a couple of approaches. It will increase the thickness of the UTG from 30 micrometers to 60 micrometers which will increase the resilience of the display panel to pen presses. It will also consider switching to an active electrostatic solution (AES) from the electromagnetic resonance (EMR) tech that it currently uses for S-Pen support in the Note range.

Samsung’s preference is said to be for EMR tech, although its current supplier apparently needs to work on the flexibility of its digitizer. If it can’t, Samsung will opt for AES tech, but it is more complex and will require a battery to be incorporated into the S-Pen. From the standpoint of encouraging increased uptake of the Galaxy Z Fold3, the addition of S-Pen support seems like the logical next step for the range. Whether Samsung will be able to find room for a slot to accommodate it in the Fold3 design might be another matter, however.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-10-26 (Update: 2020-10-26)