Galaxy Note S Pen might have a camera inside for selfies

Ceria Alfonso
Febrero 9, 2019

Long story short, the patent describes a method including a camera into the S Pen, which will feature at least one lens and an image sensor. The camera embedded into the stylus is supposed to be controlled by an external button. Samsung explains in the patent that smartphones typically employ digital zoom, but in the process of enlarging an image via a program or algorithm, the overall quality of the images takes a hit.

Currently, the S Pen on the Galaxy Note 9 lets you use it has a camera shutter for clicking photos.

Patently Mobile brought this patent to the blogosphere's attention after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted it.

Implementing a physical lens on the stylus would allow the S-Pen to be used as a camera, relaying its live image feed to the Galaxy Note device it is connected to.

With screens getting bigger with virtually no bezels, this could be an alternative solution to solve the selfie camera conundrum. Still an S Pen with a camera and zoom will definitely be interesting.

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The S-Pen has been part of Samsung's flagship phablet since the very first Galaxy Note and is indispensable for fans of the smartphone series.

Another possibility is that the stylus camera could be used for productivity tasks, such as optical text recognition.

An included diagram illustrates the pen sitting in a Galaxy Note-style holding storage space as well as peeking out slightly like those pop-up cam systems we've seen recently.

The patent document features several design variations but it is quite certain this is intended for the Galaxy Note smartphone based on figure 4B. I'm not sure about you but using a stylus to take a picture doesn't seem to be practical as it would be hard to frame your shot. The Note 9 has Bluetooth S Pen which opens controls for camera, slide shows and a range of other possibilities. But given the fact that this was only approved yesterday, don't hold your breath for an imminent release.

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