The all-new Bluetooth-connected S Pen: the new features of the Note 9's stylus!

The all-new Bluetooth-connected S Pen: the new features of the Note 9's stylus!
For some months now, we've been hearing rumors aobut the Galaxy Note 9's S Pen. "It'll be awesome", the rumor mill said, "It'll be Bluetooth-connected", it continuted. But... why? Why would the S Pen need Bluetooth pairing and a battery at that, when it hasn't needed those things for years now?

Apparently, some new features. But what new features?

Well, Samsung has just dropped the bomb... let's hope not, actually. It has just dropped the Note 9 on stage and it's everything we expected it to be. Or, in short — awesome. And, finally, we have clarity on what the new S Pen can do!

Media playback

The S Pen can be used as a simple media playback remote. Pressing its single button once will play or pause whatever you are watching or listening to. A double-press will go to the next item in the playlist

Remote shutter control

You can now use the S Pen as a shutter button when you want to take a hands-free selfie shot. Just prop the Note 9 somewhere, take out the S Pen, and use it up to 10 meters away.

Flip through pictures or presentation slides

Just like the media playback feature, the S Pen can flip through gallery pictures or presentation slides. A single press means move forward, while a dual press will go back.

That "battery" is worth a mention

Since the S Pen is now a Bluetooth device, it requires its own supply of power. But instead of using a battery, Samsung chose to equip its stylus with an element known as a supercapacitor. This has multiple advantages. Firstly, while a typical rechargeable battery degrades over time and may fail in as little as a few years, a supercapacitor can last well over a decade - great when the S Pen isn't meant to be serviced. Supercapacitors can also be charged much more quickly than a battery.

It's not over yet

While these features are... barely mindblowing, Samsung has revealed that it's currently working with a select group of app developers to enhance the usability of the S Pen's button and Bluetooth connectivity. Sammy will also release the software development kit for the feature "soon", allowing any developer out there who wishes to utilize the S Pen's control features to do so.

Related phones

Galaxy Note 9
  • Display 6.4" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(29h 3G talk time)



1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1850; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Innovative to say the least... This sets it apart from any other stylus out there...

4. SyCo87

Posts: 326; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Yeah, now they just seems like dumb-stylus products.

2. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Ive been living under a rock the past week. I didn't know this phone was released. No one is really talking about the device much anywhere else.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4334; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Awww muffin. Theres plenty of hands on vids with mock ups of the iterative iPhone models coming out that can appease you.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31677; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I’m getting the 512 Ocean Blue bro.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31677; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I simply cannot wait til, the 24th. I’m skipping the gym that day, and heading straight to AT&T to pick up my Note 9. That S-Pen man dayummmmmm! I’ve always been an S-Pen fan, but this just takes it to a whole nother level. If Mxy will allow me to say it...My body is ready. And yes, I’ll be heading to to install dual camera, video collage, and the old S-Note.

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