New Samsung patent shows work on an auto-ejectable stylus for the Note series

New Samsung patent shows work on an auto-ejectable stylus for the Note series
If a recently-discovered patent application from Samsung is anything to go by, the tech giant is investigating a way of implementing auto-ejectable styluses in some its upcoming devices.

The patent describes a way that upcoming Galaxy Note smartphones could make use of a rather simple system to achieve this new functionality. Most of the work is done by two electromagnets placed inside the stylus slot, which control a magnet in the S Pen, and thus, the pen itself.

From the looks of it, the function is designed to be controlled by the software. At a simple voice command or a gesture on the homescreen, the electromagnet at the bottom of the stylus slot will push the pen out. A second electromagnet will be used to make the stylus stand out but not fall out entirely. 

The system described in the patent application also speaks of the handset's ability to recognize when the stylus is holstered. Apparently, the user can be notified if the stylus is just hanging out, and not completely removed. The application also describes a special locking mechanism that can make sure that the pen can't fall off when not used. Check out the images below for more details.

Samsung applied for the patent with the USPTO back in December, but the patent is still under examination by the government agency.

What do you guys think of this new patent, would an auto-ejectable, voice-activated stylus win points for artistic impression in your book? Or are you looking for more traditional features such as high-end performance, vibrant displays, and an enduring battery?



1. MajulahSingapura unregistered

Cool feature, proud note 4 owner here

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1602; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Same :)

27. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Any time you view some pr0n on your phone, it should auto-ejaculate the stylus for you! Nifty feature indeed.

18. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Yeah, Same Soon

23. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, the Galaxy S5 was the best rated smartphone during its time by most tech reviewers. Then the Note 4 was best rated phablet. Now, the S6 is the best rated phone. That is a lot of the same.

19. waddup121 unregistered

This is a patent that will happen, unlike all of Apple's patents for the next iPhone.

20. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Coz laziness. And I'm not complaining.

21. HSN87

Posts: 109; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Same ;-)

22. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013


2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Sounds interesting... Hope this doesn't drain the battery faster...

3. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

Don't care just give a 4000mah battery

4. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Dear Samsung stop fcking around...

5. skimshaddy unregistered

Dear butthurt stop being an idiot...

25. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

lol im not butthurt. I like Samsung as much as the next guy, I own a Galaxy S4 and S5 and I am saving up for the Note 5 . but this would be so useless and would probably jack up the price so I'm not a fan..

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Why is the first image that came to my mind a smart phone with built in nerf gun?

7. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

wtf..whats wrong with just pulling it out?this is not an invention sammy this is laziness.

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

its the opposite of laziness, wut

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1460; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

umm isnt the point of technology is because were becoming lazy?

9. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Why is there any negativity towards this at all...?

10. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

People love to complain.

11. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Note series is the best smartphone with so much functionality & feature, but this... it's another gimmick, i hope samsung keep updating their software to the previous flagship (like official new touchwiz in S6, i think note 4 deserve it).

12. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

it"s just another gimmick, but i'm glad Samsung patented that before some patent trolls do.

15. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

When will they freaking update my note 4 (sm-n910h) to lollipop!? Yes, it's a great device as it is but surely it's a flagship that deserves the upgrade. I'm really beginning to consider other Android brands now. Samsung stop trying to fix what isn't broken and start treating your existing customers with some regard! Sony and even LG have all upgraded even their midrange devices to 5.0 and the 'mighty' Samsung is busy working on another gimmic for their next "flagship".

16. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

why fast update is so important? you must love nexus phone then.

26. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

As much as I like speedy updates I'm not sure I'd enjoy a Nexus device and that is the problem really. You have to admit Samsung as done a mighty good job with android. Yes TW (on my Note 4) is still slow compared to any of the nexus phones but TW also packs a lot of punch for functionality and features and I'm already used to each one of them. I've used every Galaxy note phone since the 1st one and at this point I buy them on launch day in my country but it hurts to see Samsung treat the Note 4 which I feel is arguably their best device so nonchalantly. Its a shame and at this point I'm wishing another android OEM produces a notesque device so I'd have the option to try another brand with better updates/support.

17. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

Being a Note 4 (N910T) user that is updated to Lollipop, I can say that the update is... meh.

24. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I hope they make it like a torpedo, James Bond device.

28. raykingellis

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Am I the only one who noticed the micro sd card slot? So far, it looks like samsung intends to keep that in the Note series, rather than how they took it out of the S6

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.