Samsung’s next S-Pen smartphone-tablet stylus will see the smartphone-maker attempt to rethink the accessory’s functionality, a patent filing suggest.
Unearthed by Patent Bolt, the patent is for a stylus that contains a built-in wireless headset concealed within the clip, allowing you to speak into it as you might with a microphone.
The Near Field Communications (NFC) enabled gadget also breaks with form to use the human body’s micro-current to “allow the multi-touch screen to think it’s a finger”.
This apparently means that the stylus moves as smoothly over the screen as a finger on a touchscreen and is likely to be less prone to lag.
Although technically viable on future Galaxy S handsets, the stylus is more likely to crop up in forthcoming Galaxy Note devices.
Not least because support for the S-Pen is a key differentiator for Samsung’s current-gen smartphone-tablet hybrid, as it bids to set itself apart from other smartphones from Sammy’s Galaxy-branded kits.
News of Samsung’s plans come amid speculation that the Note 2 will drop in October, with a feature set that takes in a 5.4-inch, flexible screen, a quad-core processor and the next major iteration of Android - aka Jellybean - out of the box.