The S Pen is the main attraction of the Galaxy Note range and it’s remained somewhat unchanged since the Galaxy Note 4 hit the shelves back in October 2014, but that could change with the introduction of Galaxy Note 9 in August.
Reliable tipster Ice Universe has learned that the S Pen that comes bundled with the Galaxy Note 9 has Bluetooth on board and should offer users the option to use it as a remote trigger for taking pictures and controlling music playback from afar.
Ice then went on to add that there’s scope to turn the S Pen into a gaming accessory in the future. It’s unclear how that would work, but if Samsung wanted it to double as steering wheel, for example, it would need to include extra sensors.
One thing’s for certain: Baking Bluetooth into the S Pen would also require the introduction of a standalone battery, and that would result in a slight increase in thickness and weight – something bundling additional sensors would add to.
The Galaxy Note 9 has long been rumoured to be an iterative upgrade on the Galaxy Note 8, sporting a near-identical design, save for the introduction of a souped-up S Pen, as well as a number of modest improvements under the hood.
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Samsung is also said to have relocated the rear-facing fingerprint sensor, nestling it beneath the camera – like it is on the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus – instead of to the right, making it a lot easier to access when operating the device using one hand.
The 4GB of RAM and 3330mAh battery found on the Galaxy Note 8, have been replaced with 6GB of RAM and a 4000mAh cell on the Galaxy Note 9, according to recent leaks, and the handset reportedly comes with an improved dual-camera.
Samsung is expected to take the wraps off the Galaxy Note 9 at an event it’s holding in New York City on August 9.
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