Samsung Galaxy Z Fold devices could get this surprising new design

The S Pen is one of Samsung’s trump cards: a versatile stylus that made the Galaxy Note series famous and now comes with every Galaxy Tab.

But when it comes to phones, its appeal is greatly reduced if it cannot be easily stored. The Note series allowed the stylus to be docked in the phone for charging – a feat worth repeating with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra – but for the Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3 it was an inconvenient extra.

Although Samsung has proven that this problem can be overcome with traditional phones, foldables are trickier because making one of the halves large enough to hold an S Pen would add a lot of weight to a product line that’s already notorious for being bulky. .

But now it looks like Samsung has fixed the problem. A patent application discovered by LetsGoDigital titled “Foldable Electronic Device Including Stylus” shows a tri-fold design that somehow finds room for the S Pen.

A foldable Samsung patent with room for an S Pen

(Image credit: LetsGoDigital)

As you can see, it’s not a dock like on the Galaxy Note series. Instead, there’s a groove between two of the screens where the S Pen squeezes when folded. It’s also apparently magnetically held in place and can charge wirelessly while attached.

The triple-folding design certainly sounds familiar: Samsung recently announced something similar at CES. But if the company managed to get said device to pack an S Pen (without massively increasing its thickness, of course), that could be a game-changer.

One small step for Samsung, one giant leap for foldables

If approved and made in time to make it the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, it would certainly give the supposed Z Fold 3 successor an edge over the foldable competition. And it’s getting bigger by the day: last week we saw the launch of the foldable Huawei P50 Pocket, and earlier this month we got our hands dirty with the Oppo Find N. According to the Rumors Google is still working on a Pixel Fold/Notepad device too, so Samsung certainly won’t have the category on its own.

Of course, it’s just a patent application at this point, and even if it’s approved, there’s no guarantee that Samsung will eventually use the technology – let alone as early as the Z Fold 4. Indeed, a A recent rumor claimed that the Z Fold 4 was definitely not going to get an S Pen dock – although that’s by no means confirmed either.

But even if it’s too early for it to feature in the Z Fold 4, it has the potential to be a huge deal for future Samsung foldables.

Pens and tablets go hand in hand thanks to their large screens – which is why iPads with Apple Pencil support have been such a hit – but they’re not exactly pocket-sized. Phones with a stylus, even the big Galaxy Note series, are a little trickier, but undoubtedly win out for portability.

A foldable 2-in-1 tablet/phone could do the impossible and combine the best experience with a portable form factor.

Technically, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 already does this, given that it includes S Pen support, but it’s an optional extra and not very well integrated. Without a place to anchor the S Pen, you either have to carry it loose and risk misplacing it, or grab an ugly case with an S Pen case, adding weight to an already bulky device.

Hopefully this three-pronged device will come off the patent drawing board and turn into something like the rumored Galaxy Z Fold 4, but even if it’s too early in the process for that to happen, it’s maybe something we’re crossing our fingers for. 2023 at least.

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