An S Pen for the Galaxy S8? How would you feel about that?

An S Pen for the Galaxy S8? How would you feel about that?
A couple of days ago, we heard the curious rumor that Samsung may add S Pen support for its flagship Galaxy S line with the introduction of the Galaxy S8, S8 edge, and a rumored S8 Plus. Now, the reason the proprietary stylus works on Note phones but doesn't work on Galaxy S devices right now is due to the technology used — the Note phablets have a special Wacom digitizer underneath the display, which is separate from the touch digitizer. This allows the phone to distinguish from stylus touches and finger taps and do all that cool stuff like palm rejection, floating cursors, and so on.

Obviously, if we get a Wacom digitizer in the “regular” Galaxy S models, it would be awesome, but we're not sure if Samsung would be willing to spend the extra production money on an arguably niche feature. The rumors claim that the S Pen for the Galaxy S8 would not be housed inside the phone, but would be a “separate accessory”. Whether this means it'll have to be bought separately as well is still unknown.

Also, some rumors say that only the alleged 6-inch Galaxy S8 Plus would support the S Pen, and that does make some sense. But for this poll, we wanted to see how many of you would like to use the Samsung stylus on a regular, “small”, Galaxy S8 smartphone. Any takers?

Assuming it's supported, would you use an S Pen with the regular Galaxy S8?

Yes! Smaller phone, but all S Pen features? I can't wait!
53.43%
I'd give it a try if it's included or a cheap separate buy.
28.39%
S Pen? I couldn't care less.
18.18%

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44 Comments

1. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

As long as there is still a larger note 8 or 8 plus, what ever they call it I couldn't really care if they make the S8 able to use the s pen.

8. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I recall Samsung filing a patent for a phone "case" that has an S-Pen. It was sometime earlier this year or late 2015 that I saw it. I loved using the S-Pen with the Note phones, and would make for an awesome addition to the Galaxy S8 (especially a larger variant S8).

11. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I know exactly which case you're talking about. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-patent-reveals-a-case-that-may-transform-the-Galaxy-S7-into-a-modern-Galaxy-Note-Edge_id77574 The article claims it might be for the S7, but it was written nearly 12 months ago and the case is nowhere to be seen as of yet...I doubt it'd happen this late in the yearly cycle. They're probably holding off now to release it for the S8 devices.

21. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 44; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

Agreed, but I think after the S8 releases then a few months later we will likely see them made for the S7, S7 edge, etc. Well done finding the article too!

12. warrenellis

Posts: 102; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Then the question doesn't pertain to you. I think it's for people who would use the smaller phone.

23. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

He is just giving his opinion so what's it matter to you.

15. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 927; Member since: May 07, 2014

There is a Tablet named Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 so it would be confusing if they released a phone with Note 8 branding. I think they will go for Samsung Galaxy S8 Note.

40. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

But a Tablet isn't a smartphone... So, Galaxy Note 8.0 and Galaxy Note 8 shouldn't be confusing to those who know what they're talking about.

42. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 927; Member since: May 07, 2014

It will be confusing at least for google. Those searching for Galaxy Note 8 phone will end up looking at a Galaxy Note 8 tablet at least for some time.l

3. a1awan

Posts: 40; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

It would more adequate to have a poll asking if the bigger 6" Galaxy S8 will have a S-Pen, how many would then buy it? This poll is nonsense, because mostly Note buyers will go for bigger sized S8. This poll is a flop...otherwise it should have a fourth answer like: "Would you buy the bigger S8 and use the S-Pen?" Or "Would you be thankful to have the 6" S8 as a replacement for the Note 7?"

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2645; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Why? Isn't it possible that there are people who wanted the functionality of the S-Pen but not have a giant phone?

4. galaxy-gear

Posts: 119; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Will be awesome beacause we didn't enjiy with the note 7, god rist his soul

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I voted for the middle option... I'd give it a try if it was included or a cheap separate buy... I can wait because I hardly see a use of an electronic pen in daily normal usage... Perhaps if I was a power user, then I'd have opted for the first option... In any case, I wonder who were those 15 voters who chose: "I couldn't care less"...? Some iFans with a an 'injured' ego...? Trolls...? Some plain old dumb haters who just can't let go of that "HATE" let it be a race or a gadget...? Like that Nokia fanboy with long essays who went as far as to verbally abuse me here at PA for not being so enthusiastic about Nokia's future...? Anyhow, if you couldn't care less about The S-Pen then you've no reason to be at a tech blog dedicated to Smartphones, plain and simple... You lack one important thing that every geek in the world possess; "curiosity"... Curiosity that drive us... That change us... That motivate us... G'Day!

10. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I could name four of the (now 28) voters who chose the 'I couldn't care less' option right off the top of my head. They've made it very clear that they hate Samsung.

14. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 927; Member since: May 07, 2014

They put an option out there so someone had to click on that.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

+100 I love my s pen, use it every day. Yeah some of what I do I could just use my finger, the pen makes it so much easier.

30. phonearenarocks

Posts: 607; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It is so funny on PAs part, most of the authors of the articles unknowingly send signals by the tone/usage of few words which only come from an ardent apple brand lovers. "They call S-Pen a Niche feature." This is the funniest line I've ever heard. Every tech site and every forum that I've been to(among 15+), many reviewers and youtube bloggers call it one of the best things that brings in highest possible productivity in mobiles. Possibly due to the fact that their fruit brand doesn't use stylus?

37. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I voted that I couldn't care less and couldn't. I'm not an android hater, as a matter of fact I have never owned an iPhone and I never will because I simply don't like Apple as a company. I've owned a Galaxy S3 S4 S5 Note 4 LG G4 V10 and currently the G5. I've had an S pen at my disposal when I had my Note 4 and I used is almost never. So yes... I couldn't care less.

41. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Alright, but you're one of the few people who voted for "couldn't care less" out of honestly, as opposed to the majority who did on order to jab Samsung.

6. Kumar123 unregistered

Samsung mobile division is desperate.

18. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

No, that would be you

19. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Nah, I'd say that you and your anti-Samsung clique are the ones desperate for any sort of attention.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Salt so much salt.

38. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Speaking of the anti-Samsung kid desperate for attention.

44. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

When the saltiest person on here calls someone else salty...

46. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

As are your posts

7. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet that majority of those who voted for the 3rd option, are the same people who hated AMOLED displays up until they knew the next iPhone will come equipped with one.

17. aegislash

Posts: 1526; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Imagine how those same people are going to react when the next iPhones end up having the dual curved edges that they've insisted were nothing more than a gimmick...'But muh Apple did it best!'

26. Mxyzptlk unregistered

29. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's coming from the same people who still believes 3d touch isn't a gimmick. Take a look at the Apple Pencil and iPad's multiwindow, these were gimmicks, up until Apple "invented" them.

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