Korean media: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 gets S Pen


South Korean ETNews seems to have confirmation that the yet-to-be-announced Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be the first foldable with S Pen support. Pen support previously came to the Galaxy S series.

Samsung already hinted that the S Pen was not exclusively meant for the Galaxy Note series. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also compatible and soon there will be support for the Galaxy Z Fold 3. This foldable phone has yet to be announced and is, in contrast to the Note and Ultra, equipped with completely different glass. Glass that is much more sensitive.

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Ultra thin glass
Samsung seems to have managed to get the 'Ultra Thin Glass' (UTG) strong enough that the S Pen can't damage it. However, we cannot exclude the possibility that Samsung is using a different type of S Pen for the Fold 3. Not only the glass had to be changed to enable support for the S Pen, but also components such as digitizers. This recognizes and registers the pen and has to be flexible, just like the screen.

Mass production Z Fold 3

Both solutions are mature enough for production. According to ETNews, Samsung would like to begin mass production in May with a launch in the second half of 2021. A large-screen foldable would be ideal for use with an S Pen. Samsung's pen can be used not only for operating but also for drawing and writing. The larger the canvas, the easier that should be.

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