Samsung patents new S Pen for Galaxy Note with in-built speaker

Patents, while never definitive, often provide a decent barometer of where a company may headed with upcoming products. It's pretty safe to assume that despite its Note 7 woes, Samsung much-loved phablet line and its iconic S Pen will be sticking around, so to speak, for a while yet. A new patent filing suggests the stylus could be in line for a tidy upgrade in the near future with its very own speaker. 

If you've ever held a Samsung S Pen, you'll know that it's quite a thin, albeit sturdy accessory. The so-called 'Galaxy Note Pen' would include a speaker that could essentially replace the speaker grille nearby the pen slot. When the pen docked within the Note, sound would travel through the pen and exit via the speaker at the top. When the pen is in use, sound would simply travel through the gap left by the pen's absence. Or, as clinically noted in the patent filing:

It's not established whether the Note Pen could or would provide any additional functionality courtesy of its new-found speaker when in use, but it's nonetheless an interesting concept. Where the S Pen is ubiquitous across Samsung's product line, this product seems specific to the Galaxy Note. 

The patent was filed back in March of this year and could feasibly be utilized with the Galaxy Note 8. With the Note 7 still amid a recall, however, the very notion of its eventual successor seems light years away. 

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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. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Wonder patent! Keep the innovations comming.

2. bambamboogy02

Posts: 837; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Wonder if it could be used in tandem, and get stereo output, or as a woofer and satellite use. Either would be awesome.

22. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I'm expecting a touchscreen on the s/pen next.

26. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The speaker will be on the tip of the S-Pen so that users can poke it in all the way to their ear drums for extra effect.

3. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

where is it? imagine the great sound coming out those. battery life. probably something like the hand wave feature years ago

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I'd imagine it works similarly to what Unbox Therapy demoed here ( ), showing how anything hallow can be turned into a speaker with proper vibration...starting to think I should wait for the Note 8 if this is any indication of them improving the speaker. Wonder if they'll take it further and make the S-Pen capable of functioning as a wireless speaker when removed...

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Speakers tend to should slightly louder with a cone in front of them or something similar to focus the vibrations. Sounds like a good idea but I don't think it would work as well with the pen in its slot. They could probably achieve the same effect by making the phone slightly longer and giving us stereo speakers.

7. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That'll be awesome if they can incorporate Stereo front-facing speakers, but !'d imagine it will interfere with the home button and reduce screen to body ratio, which I really like in the Note 7 (80%+ STBR)...I think best implementation would be like what HTC has done on the HTC 10; ear piece and bottom speaker workung together.

6. chenski

Posts: 760; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Just do front facing speakers, it's not that hard

13. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Doing this won't force them to remove physical home button and bezel capacitive keys?

8. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Sounds like a brilliant idea. I've always thought that the s-pen was an opportunity to have other killer features aside writting abilities. Samsung should even experiment with different sensors so as to see what they can achieve with the added functionality.. Anything to make the mobile space interesting right now.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Here comes the bad ass Note 8.

10. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

can it go booomm?..

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can you post something that's actually funny? The explosion thing is getting old now, so you need creativity to keep the trokes funny. That one wasn't.

17. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sthu you dont know what i meant..

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure I do, and capitalize your I, and STHU.

27. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

FAQ U..DUDE.. you dont..

14. ReticentHamster

Posts: 153; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

See, this would have been okay if you had said something like: "Will it be a Boomsound speaker?" You gotta have that subtlety and finesse, you know? :)

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Now that was funny. +1

25. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Hamsters > Bunnies

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013


15. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I think they could put a mic in there too. Could be useful for dictation as well as voice commands...

18. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2262; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

sammy should discontinue these device doesnt work at all.

19. Kukujiao

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 02, 2016

Do the world a favor and do not reproduce.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Unfortunately bunnies reproduce in vast numbers.

23. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

" speaker." -Ben R. What in the world is an in-built speaker? I know of built-in speakers, but in-built? C'mon... This is just another example of PA writers getting ahead of themselves. Horrible.

24. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i think it's a new version of Samsung HM5100

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