Samsung announces S Pen Pro for S21 Ultra, opens up S Pen ecosystem5
S Pen vs S Pen Pro differences
Unlike earlier Galaxy S models, the Galaxy S21 Ultra offers support for the S Pen as standard. There isn’t a built-in slot for the popular stylus, though, so customers will have to purchase it separately.
The version on sale at launch is priced at $39.99 in the United States, which isn’t too high, but there is a reason for that. This particular stylus is lacking some important features and instead seems to be targeted at customers that aren’t familiar with the Galaxy Note line.
The standard S Pen is intended for writing & drawing and is therefore similar in terms of features to the type of stylus included with lower-end smartphones. If you’re looking for additional functionalities, the S Pen Pro is the one for you.
The S Pen Pro is due to be released ‘later this year’ but its price hasn’t been confirmed. It’s also unclear how users will charge it. After all, there isn’t a dedicated S Pen slot on the phone or magnetic pins.
Samsung is opening up the S Pen ecosystem to other companies
In related news, Samsung has announced partnerships with a number of hardware companies to add compatibility for S Pen features to their own products, which will then be compatible with the S21 Ultra.
The current list of partners working on dedicated pens includes Wacom, Staedtler, Uni, and Lamy.