During the Galaxy Unpacked launch, which featured the Galaxy S21 smartphones, Samsung announced that the Galaxy S21 Ultra was the first outside of the Galaxy Note series to receive support for the S Pen stylus. The company especially introduced a new version of the S Pen and the S Pen Pro stylus.
The updated S Pen is slightly larger than the regular S Pen because it does not need to fit inside the smartphone (cases are provided for carrying). This makes it more convenient to work with. It’s a passive stylus (no battery inside), so it can’t offer the Bluetooth functionality available in the S Pen in the latest Galaxy Note models. However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra can recognize when a button is pressed on the S Pen, allowing you to perform various actions (when the S Pen is near the screen). The stylus cost is $ 40, a special case with a compartment for the S Pen and the stylus itself is $70.
The S Pen Pro stylus is even bigger than the aforementioned novelty, while it boasts Bluetooth functionality (remote control of the camera or music player). It will go on sale later this year, with a price yet to be announced. By the way, the S Pen Pro will be compatible with all Samsung devices that support a stylus when they get the One UI 3.1 update.
Also, Samsung said that S Pen support would appear in “new categories of devices.” The most obvious option is the foldable Galaxy Z Fold smartphones. This could be a very logical move on the company’s part, especially if it ditches the Galaxy Note series. Thus, Samsung will still offer users two flagship lines: at the beginning of the year Galaxy S, in the fall – Galaxy Z Fold. And both will support the S Pen.