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Samsung buys 5% of Wacom, the stylus is here to stay

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Samsung buys 5% of Wacom, the stylus is here to stay
We don't know how many of you guys embrace the idea of having a stylus, but it seems the stylus, which is going through a small renaissance at the moment, isn't going anywhere. It just became known that Samsung has bought 5% of Wacom - the makers of one of the best designer tablets out there (not touchscreen tablet, but tablets used for drawing).

These 5% are equal to an investment of $58.2 million, so no major bucks have gone into this. Still, this deal serves as an obvious proof that Samsung will continue to equip some of its devices with these sweet Wacom-powered styluses. The cool thing about these gadgets, and the thing that differentiates them from those simple sticks of past times, is that they are now pressure sensitive and can be used for drawing and other productive work. We're glad that Samsung is enhancing this technology and isn't just loading ordinary styluses into its products.

Speaking of products, there have been some rumors hinting that the Galaxy S IV smartphone, expected to get announce in late April or early May will have a stylus, but we wouldn't be too sure about this yet. What's more probable, though, is that Samsung will continue to equip its expanding Note line with styluses.

source: Wacom (PDF) via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 31 Jan 2013, 05:21 3

1. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 433; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


I have my first experience with S-Pen yesterday and it was a great leap to stylus technology! I thought it was just a simple stylus but heck no! I liked how Samsung utilizes the stylus.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 00:29

11. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


PA :"What's more probable, though, is that Samsung will continue to equip its expanding Note line with styluses." .. oh really..dat was a tough prediction!!!

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 05:28 11

2. shuaibhere (Posts: 1528; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


No stylus for s4 please....that would ruin note users....

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 05:53 4

4. idroidequis (Posts: 103; Member since: 23 Jan 2013)


I feel like it be a smart move to give people the choice. A 4.7-5in phone with the s pen would bring in more potential buyers.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 07:49 1

6. ebubekir26 (Posts: 311; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


hell no ! , sorry. but that was the worst idea ever

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 10:27

7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1235; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Don't worry, current S users don't want it either, thou it would be good if they gave the S4 the same screen tech as the Notes, so we can use an S Pen with it if we want to

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 05:38 2

3. joey_sfb (Posts: 3003; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Good to see Samsung reinvesting those profit into other companies building allies.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 07:14

5. Tux_Alan (Posts: 74; Member since: 30 Jan 2013)


I'd take the 2 mms smaller on the GSIV over an s-pen, I'll carry it in my pockets! As for the note series, it works great and has its place ! Keep up the good work sammy but please... no stylus on my GSIV :-P

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 10:37

8. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


i would love to see these expand into other tablets from samsung. make it useful as a bluetooth reciever and no longer do people have to worry about having a big slab held up against their head while talking

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 10:58

9. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I think I expected too much for the stylus... I was rather a bit disappointed with the stylus on my Note 10.1.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 17:52

10. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I may buy one for my Nexus 7...maybe

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