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