11 November 2019
Samsung has filed a new patent application suggesting that future Galaxy Fold models may come with stylus i.e. S Pen support. It was filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and first spotted by a Dutch publication LetsGoDigital. The good thing is that the application even has a few illustrations to show what exactly Samsung has in mind.
The usage of S Pen (or even a new stylus) will be similar to what we have seen on Galaxy Note devices. It means users will be able to use the stylus for interacting with the device, writing, doodling, and maybe even other advanced features like taking selfies. Since Galaxy Fold is a foldable smartphone, Samsung is also working on new functionalities that will be specific to the device.
The biggest difference is that Samsung wants to make the stylus usable even on the folding part of the Galaxy Fold. It is aiming to make the stylus work regardless of the form in which a user is using the phone. These use cases even include the half-folded state where users will be able to drag and drop files from one part to another. But as this is only a patent, for the time being, all of this is just a theoretical concept and we have no idea if Samsung has made any progress in turning it into practical execution.
If we go by other rumors and reports, Samsung's next-gen Galaxy Fold will be even more compact and affordable than the current generation. It is speculated to transform into a small square that can be carried in one's pocket. Its shape is also expected to be more in line with traditional phones so that Android apps can work without requiring any special tweaks from developers.