Samsung is set to launch its flagship Galaxy Note 9 next month on August 9 and the South Korean company has clearly indicated that S Pen will be the key focus this time. One of the big changes this year is expected to be support for Bluetooth functionality.
An FCC filing for the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen has revealed that it will support Bluetooth hinting at remote control features. While the FCC documents do not reveal what these new features are, leaker Ice Universe claims that the S Pen stylus will be able to control music playback and timers on the smartphone. The Note 9’s S Pen has a model number of EJ-PN 960 and it will connect to the smartphone via 2.4GHz Bluetooth LE connection.
Droid Life reports that FCC is referring to it as a “Stylus Pen” and the model number matches with that of Note 9’s model number of SM-N960. The S Pen’s button, shown in the teaser video for Note 9 launch, might work similarly to an action button on a pair of Bluetooth headphones. It will likely allow users to pause, long-press or double tap to skip tracks or perform another action from the S Pen.
Samsung might also let users to activate Bixby digital assistant by pressing the button on the S Pen. Samsung is known for adding interesting S Pen actions with every new release of Note series smartphone and this year, the South Korean tech giant might surprise with new actions performed over Bluetooth.
Alongside the S Pen, the unlocked version of Galaxy Note 9 for the US market has also stopped by FCC with model number SM-N960U. The smartphone will work with all the telecom carriers. In terms of features, the Galaxy Note 9 is expected to retain the design of its predecessor, offer a repositioned fingerprint sensor and larger 6.4-inch display.
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It is expected to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset in the US and Exynos 9810 in other markets. The Galaxy Note 9 will start with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage but the premium model is said to offer 8GB RAM and up to 512GB storage. It will borrow the variable aperture dual camera system seen on the Galaxy S9+ and pack a larger 4,000mAh battery. Samsung failed with the Galaxy Note 7 and took a conservative approach with the Galaxy Note 8 last year. This year, the company might have the most powerful and business-centric flagship smartphone yet.