02 October 2019
Microsoft's Surface Pen is a very capable stylus as it is packed with various features to help artists and professionals get things done on their Surface devices more conveniently. And now, it seems like Microsoft is all set to bring one new feature to the stylus that will bring it at the same level as some other styluses on the market.
As spotted by The Verge, Microsoft has submitted a new FCC application for a new stylus which mentions "charging coil" word in its description text. This particular word suggests that the upcoming and next-gen Surface Pen is likely to come with wireless charging support. It is similar to what Apple and Samsung are doing Apple Pencil and S Pen respectively for quite some time.
Both these rival styluses offer wireless charging functionality and make use of a charging coil to do so. They also have a dedicated power source inside them which holds the charge for usage later. We can expect to see Microsoft make use of a similar process for the new Surface Pen that will allow users to recharge it wirelessly. In its current stage, users have to rely on AAAA batteries to make use of the stylus which is a good enough method but is turning out to be an outdated one considering the technological advancements. And like previous releases, it is likely to be an optional accessory that will be sold separately for around $99.
The next Microsoft Surface event is confirmed for October 2nd which is about two weeks away from today. It is reported to announce Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 at the event. Both of these devices will be coming with hardware specs bump to offer improved performance. The chances of a Surface Book 3 announcement are looking slim but nothing can be said with surety until the event gets over.