Samsung is considering to put a camera in the S Pen

Judy Cobb
February 9, 2019

In one illustration, the lens is placed in the upper chamber of the S Pen with a control key that lets you toggle the zoom. With the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 you can now use the S Pen to press the button and get yourself clicked from the smartphone's selfie camera. The S Pen will have a small image sensor and it could come with or without a battery. There will be "an optical system configured to perform an optical zoom and comprising at least one lens", the patent reveals. A patent, while interesting is no confirmation that Samsung will introduce this kind of a S Pen.

Samsung earlier this week acquired a patent for an intriguing S Pen featuring its own a camera.

Samsung's S-Pen stylus has traditionally been included with its Galaxy Note smartphones, and the latest iteration connects to the Note 9 via Bluetooth and can be used to remotely take pictures via a button on its side. The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Samsung's patent which could ensure that the S Pen also functions as a camera with a superior optical zoom system, reports PatentlyMobile. The S Pen would be large enough to accommodate a more powerful sensor compared to what resides on the smartphone's back panel and would allow Samsung to implement features such as optical zoom.

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Given how tiny the S Pen is, it's hard to imagine that there is enough room inside the pint-sized stylus to fit a capable shooter. With a literal selfie stick, there would be no need for the camera and, therefore, no need for any notch or punch hole cutout.

You could also imagine the camera being attractive to obsessive note-takers who want to quickly snap a photograph of a presentation while they're writing on their device, especially if image-to-text conversion is incorporated.

Now it appears that Samsung has bigger plans for the digital stylus. Additionally, the pen would offer more versatility when taking photos, letting users get into positions that would be awkward if holding a phone.

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