One of the things that made the Samsung Galaxy Note range what it as, besides the larger screen which became rather popular, was the iconic S-Pen. With the apparent demise of the Note line, Samsung enthusiasts were left without an S-Pen option for their pockets, but it seems that might not be the case for long.
According to a report on Weibo (via 9to5Google), Samsung will be offering the S-Pen as an accessory for the Galaxy S8, though it likely won’t be in the box with the phone, nor will there be an S-Pen storage area within the phone. Despite these two obstacles, the S-Pen will be a welcome return for many Samsung users.
It’s really a smart move for Samsung, given there’s not likely to be a new Note device for a while; giving Galaxy S8 users the S-Pen is likely to calm some of upset that the exploding Note 7s caused. If there’s going to be a larger Galaxy S8 Plus, and odds are there will be, then an S-Pen will make it into a quasi-Note replacement.
Pricing, and even the inclusion itself, have yet to be confirmed by anyone, but it does seem somewhat likely to eventuate. Expect the S-Pen to be around $29 when/if released as a Galaxy S8 accessory.
Will we see the Samsung Galaxy S8 teased at Mobile World Congress 2017? It seems not, with rumours the company will go late to buy a bit more time to develop the product. We’ll know soon enough.