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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 S Pen stylus: 5 things you need to know

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It's waterproof, and works without unlocking the Note.
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Earlier today, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 7, its latest and greatest phablet. And along with it comes a new S Pen stylus.

The S Pen has long been one of the Note's biggest selling points, and the new version is better than ever. It's waterproof, it lets you write on the screen without unlocking the device, and it has some clever new gesture controls in tow.

Excited? Let's see what it can do.

1 It's waterproof

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For the first time, the S Pen has the same waterproofing capabilities as the Note itself.

A rating of IP68 means it can survive being submersed in up to five feet of water for up to half an hour. Not only that, it's dustproof too.

In other words, you'll be able to jot down notes on your Note wherever you are, be it in a sandstorm in a desert or at the bottom of the hotel pool. Though what you'd write is anyone's guess.

2 It writes on screen at all times

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Unlike with previous Notes, the new S Pen can write on the screen while the device is still locked.

Have a crackpot idea for an invention that'll change the world? Maybe a screenplay has just walked into your head and demands you write it down now.

Just whip out the Note 7 and start writing on-screen with the S Pen. There's no need to go through the rigmarole of unlocking the device or opening the requisite app. Just get scribbling.

You can have your notes stay on screen at all times too, if you like. All you do is pin them to your Always On Display screen, and it'll be like you just wrote all over your new £600 phone.

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3 It can make gifs quickly and easily

You can even use the S Pen to create gifs. Use the nib to select a section of video and then share it with friends.

Want to share a piece of an image, text or web page? Draw around it, and it's ready to be shared.

It's like having a magic wand in your pocket.

The gifs use Samsung's Smart Select software, which isn't new – it was available back on the Note 4.

4 It has new Air Command functions

The Magnify feature lets you enlarge a section of an image or map just by hovering the S Pen over said section. Try doing that with a finger.

The Translate feature, meanwhile, translates whichever word or phrase that you hover the S Pen over, even if it's contained within an image. So you'll never order the wrong food abroad.

But that's not all. The Glance feature has also been streamlined, with fewer steps needed when using two apps together.

Now you can view the apps at the same time and go back and forth between them by hovering the S Pen over each.

Read restaurant reviews and check the map, all without having to jump in and out of different apps and menu screens.

5 It has a new app

Finally, the S Pen has a new app that promises to unify all its abilities under one roof. It's called Samsung Notes, and it lets you write, draw and edit photos all from the same place.

The software on previous Note devices has been a bit confusing, so hopefully this should simplify things.

Add to all that a smaller pen tip (0.7mm down from 1.6mm on the Note 5), and the new S Pen is shaping up to be quite a potent weapon in Samsung's arsenal.

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