Samsung has brought the s pen to the galaxy S21 ultra, but it is not bundled with the new S21 ultra, but it is not the familiar stylus.Samsung launched the s pen next to the original Galaxy note as early as 2011. Initially, it was a built-in wacom technology stylus that supported handwriting recognition, sketching and annotation. It doesn't need to be recharged - wacom's technology takes power from a built-in digital converter in the display and can be easily stored in the phone.
In the next few years, s pen became more powerful and more complex. With the launch of Galaxy note 9, the stylus is supported by Bluetooth and rechargeable batteries. This means that it can also function as a remote control, can be used to trigger the camera, or can control the app in the way Samsung calls air gestures.
Samsung said the stand-alone s pen will sell for $39.99, and it will also bundle it with a mobile phone case, which has a slot to hold the stylus: the galaxy S21 ultra does not, and a set will sell for $69.99. In the future, there is hope to bring a more powerful s pen pro.
When the rumors that galaxy S21 supports s pen first appeared, some people speculated that it meant the end of the note series. After all, in the past few years, the specifications of these two series of mobile phones have become closer and closer, and the differences have been gradually eroded, leaving only whether they support stylus. However, with the implementation of s pen in Galaxy S21 ultra, this conclusion seems to be somewhat unclear. This is undoubtedly more incomplete and irregular than the experience that fans are used to. From the lack of pen warehouse, to the lack of air gesture and ble support, to the fact that s pen is sold separately, this is a solution that seems not to be carefully considered.
One possibility is that Samsung will wait to see the acceptance of s pen and the new S21 ultra, and then decide the fate of note. On the other hand, note will develop itself, possibly embracing the foldable display. After all, what Galaxy Z fold 2 really lacks now is a stylus to make the most of its mini tablet form.