Samsung: 'improved' S Pen functions are in store for the Note 7

From the new Note UX beta, we already saw that there will be movers and shakers in the S Pen realm when the Note 7 lands. Moreover, the Unpacked event invitations that Samsung sent out today feature the S Pen front and center throughout the header image, as you can see above.

Today, the boss of Samsung Mobile, Koh Dong-jin, confirmed the renewed focus on the stylus with the following statement: "We have improved ‘note’ functions this time, upgrading software for user convenience.” What could he mean by that? Well, the new Note UX interface that is currently in beta testing on some Note 5 handsets in Korea, folds all the disparate stylus applications that we had so far, like Action Memo or S Note, into one app called simply Notes, so that's what the exec might have meant by saying that the S Pen software will be more "convenient" for its future users.

Mr Koh had some other things to add at the interview with reporters about the Note 7 unveiling on August 2, namely on how they intend to proceed with the company's mobile strategy going forward, and the competition with the eventual iPhone 7. “We should compete with our own competitiveness. The most important thing is finding our own way that is well accepted by customers,” said the exec, and added “We could struggle in the third quarter but it wouldn’t be bad. Because the market has already saturated, we won’t stick to elevating sales figures alone.” We wouldn't call scoring almost $7 billion profit last quarter exactly "struggling," plus the Note 7 might bring a boost to the traditionally slow Q3, too.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Just unveil it already (and surprise all of us with a removable battery :)

2. Marienx

Posts: 120; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Just stop with this removable battery thing. Nobody cares for it and it doesn't work. You know the only way removable battery can work? If it doesn't turn off my device in the process. Like having a reserved battery just to give me time to swap.. otherwise removable battery is dumb and nobory cares for it.

4. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's actually a good idea, a small reserve battery for changing out time. Otherwise, you're completely wrong. A swappable battery is the best option, not only for keeping charge over the course of a day, but for extending the overall life of a device as the battery will degrade, losing capacity within a year.

9. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

An idea which I've asked for ever since I changed from my psion 5 organiser. That had a button cell which let me hot swap the 2 AA batteries. British design.

5. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Oh.. you are everyone? That's pretty big of you. I for one LOVE a removable battery. For several reasons. 1. I keep my phone for 2 phone cycles, so I want to be able to refresh my phone with NEW batteries. I also like to have a spare. so, you are WRONG. many people care for it.

6. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Man..... The stupid things people say. Removable batteries are great for all the reasons following your remark.

8. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Just stop with this assertion that your view is the only allowed one.

3. deviceguy2016

Posts: 826; Member since: Jun 16, 2016

Great Samsung you guys are great as you are!! Heck better s pen cool, i did hands on the note 5 and worked very smoothly

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Add back IR blaster and FM radio, with those added back in conjunction with MicroSD card, I'll be proudly getting my first ever Samsung Smartphone without a complaint.

10. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

What phone are you using?

12. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

A OnePlus One. Sure, it doesn't have any of the above, but it's got a MicroUSB port instead of the problematic USB type C port. So, cheap, compact and readily available OTG accessories like this for MicroSD ( ), this for IR ( ), and these 2 for FM ( | ), make up for that.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31104; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder if any will find their way over to the Note 5. The Note 4 got screen off memo from the Note 5, so who knows.

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