Note 5 may have new S-Pen functionality: Write on PDF

Note 5 may have new S-Pen functionality: Write on PDF
Samsung recently filed a patent application with the USPTO for a feature that allows to edit PDF documents directly on a smartphone screen with your handwriting. The option is called Write on PDF, and apparently consists of “computer application software for mobile phones, smart phones, tablet computers, portable media players and handheld computers, enabling users to annotate and save PDF documents, images and files.”

Chinese media is reporting that said feature is meant to make a cameo during the September announcement of the Galaxy Note 5 phablet, hinting that we might see an upgraded S-Pen stylus with new features to be taken advantage of. The Note franchise now has a direct screen write function, but it doesn't encompass PDF files, as you have to first take a picture of them (or use a screenshot for the ones already in), and then unleash your doodling might on the unsuspecting PDF file. 

If the Write on PDF feature holds water for the Note 5, it seems that the new phablet will not only have a premium exterior and powerful hardware, but also some new tricks up its S-Pen silo, too.

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Galaxy Note 5
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3000 mAh(22h 3G talk time)



1. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I'm already doing this with EZ Reader, and be able to save the annotations into the PDF file. If the Note 5 will come in with no removable battery or micro SD card slot, it's a no-buy for me.

2. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

I'm not overly worried about the removable battery but no micro SD card slot is a definite no buy!

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well goodbye to both of you. UFS 2.0 doesn't have an sdcard controller on it. So if Samsung plans to use UFS 2.0 then I guess you're out of luck. Also, a phone with a 3500MAH battery will last 2 days on a single charge. Why would you ever need to remove it. Also the Note 5 will surely have fast Charging 2.0 and Wireless charging like the S6. Again, why would you need to take out a battery? If you prefer a phone with removable battery and sdcard support, get a Note 4 and be happy. The rest of us want better stuff. UFS 2.0 is fast and reliable and Samsung has increase storage options so 64GB and 128GB are surely going to be available.

6. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

I want SD Card.If they release it without an SD card slot I will get a note 4 or a Lg g4.64GB internal + 128GB Sd card for all my storage needs.

8. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

I actually currently have the note 4 with a 64 gig sd card and it so they if they released the next one without a SD card slot I just won't to upgrade, what makes the other technology so much better? Just curious

10. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

3500 mah on a phone with a 2k screen will last 2 days with zero charge? Not going to happen unless you don't use your phone at all.

11. dmakun

Posts: 382; Member since: Jun 06, 2011

You are so quick to remind us about your beloved UFS bull****! I'm a galaxy note user since the original note and I also don't want Samsung compromising features I cherish and it's my right to want or at least hope that these features be maintained. You should chill out on this faster memory nonsense! Samsung should figure out a way to make a phone with faster memory management without losing the expandable memory otherwise loss me as a customer. Real simple. If you wish for Samsung to loss the expandable memory I don't share your wish so please quit lecturing us about this

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

I am with you, I dont care about removable battery so much but I do for card slot

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Same here EZ PDF reader does job for me, as well.

4. waddup121 unregistered

You can do some of this already, but good heads up for some who's missin out.

9. JadeMoon

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 12, 2012

I do this now on Note 4 with an app called PDF Max 4. It is the pro version that was free from the Amazon app store in June.... I like my Note 4. . I purchased a Qi charging adapter and installed it inside my Note 4 so it does the wireless charging with no issues. Not sure what the fuss is about. Not too hyped for the Note 5

12. droidmanX

Posts: 43; Member since: Jan 25, 2014

As a galaxy note 3 neo user I am disappointed too like many of you about non-removable battery and no micro sd card slot. No battery removal will hamper the user from doing the hard reset if the phone is stuck or frozen or non responsive. It might not be a big deal for many but for some it will be a tough decision to make. No micro sd card slot is a deal breaker. Neither we can flash custom roms nor we can upgrade the capacity. Agreed they are going to give you 32 GB inbuilt memory to begin with or 64 GB but if you are taking high resolution photos or storing videos or playing HD games then that will fill up quickly. And if you want to flash some ROM then you have to do it using PC ODIN and forget about custom roms. Ok all the challenges mentioned above may not be applicable to everyone but think for a second. This phone will have a steep price and with two notable features removed compared to its predecessors. Do you want to buy a 900$ phone with no-removable battery and no micro sd card slot? that is a personal decision one has to take before purchasing. As a Note 1, Note 2, Note 3 neo and Note 8.0 user I am sad that Samsung has clearly waning. Exhorbitant prices and feature cuts are not helping samsung. They might make lot of money but definitely losing the advantage it used to have. Now we the customers have alternatives. Huwaei, Mizhu, Elephone, Xiaomi and many others are producing competitive phones at affordable prices with all the features. Personally, I feel samsung is doing it all wrong. With all their money power, R & D prowess and creativity I expected them to do lot better but they seem to be on a slippery slope. I really hope they don't make stupid decisions and hope this news is wrong. Please don't mess with Note series.Just make it better but don't remove any features. One liner from a movie " I rather have one and not need it than need it and not have one"

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