Samsung's next Galaxy Note flagship may come with a camera inside the S Pen

Samsung's next Galaxy Note flagship may come with a camera inside the S Pen
A recent patent filed by Samsung at the USPTO (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) paints a rather weird picture concerning the upcoming Galaxy Note flagship. It appears that Samsung is looking for ways to completely remove both the notch and “punch hole” display designs, but still allow Galaxy Note owners to take selfies.

The schematics shown in the patent suggest Samsung plans to make important changes to the S Pen rather than the phone. Long story short, the patent describes a method including a camera into the S Pen, which will feature at least one lens and an image sensor.

The camera embedded into the stylus is supposed to be controlled by an external button. Another external button placed lower on the S Pen should allow users to adjust the zoom. Spotted by PatentlyMobile, the patent mentions that the S Pen is meant to an upcoming Galaxy Note device, but doesn't specify which one.

Although adding a camera to the already multi-functional S Pen will further improve its usefulness, it's hard to believe Samsung is willing to drop the selfie camera on the next Galaxy Note altogether.

In fact, we're not even sure that the camera on the S Pen is meant to replace the Galaxy Note's selfie camera. For the time being, the only thing that we're certain of is that a future S Pen stylus might allow users to take pictures without having to use their Galaxy Note phone.



1. Phonehex

Posts: 758; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

The innovation continues....

18. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

yo... this is crazy.... i wonder how much the pen will be to replace!!!! if this is on the note 10 i'm definitely upgrading!

2. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

1. S-pen cam left connected and facebook streaming. 2. S-pen facing you while doing weird things. 3. Instant shameful videos. Jokes aside, i think it will be great.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Just make sure not to post them to your YouTube channel either.

3. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I am only worried about the fact that the camera lens will sustain with continuous wear and tear.I think the regular note users insert and eject the S-Pen hundreds of times. A lens cover will go a long way, but only time will tell.

4. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I'm not worried, phone goes in and out of my pocket hundreds of times, often with other junk in there, and the rear camera doesn't get scratched up. Besides it would be such a small lens cover they could do it with sapphire.

22. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The diagram looks like maybe there's a prism first in the optical chain, meaning the lens might actually be in the side. Either way, it's an interesting idea. Definitely better than any intrusion on the display.

5. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Real innovative thinking going on over there at the Samsung headquarters...

6. geekyking

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 31, 2019

So I Have to take out the s pen every time I get a video call! And still have to hold the phone to see the other person calling me. That is weird.

7. devsabhi44

Posts: 15; Member since: May 31, 2015

Solution: insert the S-Pen till camera is visible and turn your display 180°. Done!! A popup selfie camera! Samsung is good at new innovation both at hardware and software so expect an even better solution!!


Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

The hole for the S-Pen could be on top instead of the bottom as it is right now, and a single click on the S-pen could reveal the camera and there you have it : video call!!! It'll be just like a pop-up camera, and you'll need to click on the S-pen to pop the camera out.

8. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1246; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

S-Pen camera... Good for CORN industry... I mean... Sorry for the typo... ;P

10. S4NDY

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

S-Pen = Spy-Pen

11. gd761

Posts: 213; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

S-Pen Camera!? A few Questions. 1. How to know what's in Frame and Not in Frame? 2. How Long will the S-Pen have Power with this included? 3. Will the S-Pen have just Picture taking capability or will it be able to take Video as well? 4. Will the File or Files Automatically be sent to the Phone or when the S-Pen is inserted? 5. If the File or Files will Not be sent instantly and automatically to the Phone, then How much Storage will the S-Pen have? 6. How well would an S-Pen Camera be Both Accepted and Utilized?

17. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1549; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

You are way overcomplicating it, pen already has Bluetooth connectivity and there is zero reason the images would even need to save to the pen. I see no reason the phone wouldn't display what the pen camera sees on screen and save directly onto the phone with current wireless tech.

19. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i think he's diving too far into it... all it has to do i function like a pop up camera (leaving the ability to charge while in phone) then be able to remove from phone when you want... this is the best solution i have heard about going to an all screen device

12. Orion78

Posts: 183; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

If this means no stupid hole in the screen then I'm all for it. But of course I highly doubt this is going to happen.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Waiting for the Note 10.

20. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

bruh. if they make this a top pop-up removable camera, i'm all over this on launch day

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

yes sirrr

15. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

I gotta say that the idea itself sounds futuristic and cool, but for me this just sounds like another gimmick that few people would use. Though I can already feel that if this became real some creeps would be getting Note series just for a peeping.

16. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

They need to turn the S-Pen into the MIB memory wipe device, now that would be innovation

21. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

if they put a flash on it.... i'm going around flashing everyone

23. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Note 10 will be best of the best again. I can't wait.

24. alligator

Posts: 94; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

Well, well, well. This is probably the best innovation in the last few years (after then in screen fingerprint). This one could be the reason to skip S10 and go directly to Note 10. If I can skip the weird holes then I can wait another 4-5 months for upgrade. Good job Sammy, hopefully this will be in Note 10.

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