Note 7 S Pen super-fine ballpoint tip: does it fit on the Note 5 and Note 4's S Pens?
The Note 7 is headed for the store shelves and, as expected, the new Sammy phablet brought about quite a bit of improvements to the line. Among them are new upgrades to the signature S Pen stylus. Now, not only are there some more software features to add to the user experience with the gizmo, there have been hardware improvements as well — the Wacom digitizer under the screen can now recognize up to 4096 pressure levels, and the S Pen's tip size has been reduced by more than half — down to 0.7 mm from 1.6 mm — making for a much more precise, real pen-like experience.
Well, we decided to test it with the old Notes we have in the office. And, yes, you can replace the mushy old 1.6 mm tip on the S Pens of the Note 4, Note Edge, and Note 5 with the sharp new 0.7 mm one. The feeling when using it afterwards doesn't change by a huge margin, but certainly has a bit more precision to it.
Should this matter to you? Well, a pack of spare S Pen tips costs around $2 on Amazon right now. So, once the tips for the Note 7 stylus become available, you will have a really cheap way of adding some more precision to your stylus, assuming you use it. On the flip side, if you are on a Note 7 and miss that thicker, “slightly-overused-pencil” feel of the old S Pens, you can rest assured that popping one of the old tips in is still possible.