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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: S Pen Review

Here's our review of the S Pen, the stylus that comes with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Staff   |    Published: January 21, 2018 10:49 AM IST

Back in 2011, Samsung launched the original Galaxy Note phablet and one of the key highlights of the device was the S Pen stylus. Styluses did exist even before the Galaxy Note series, but they worked with resistive touchscreen displays, and weren’t accurate enough to let you draw on the display. The Galaxy Note series changed it all, and the latest Galaxy Note 8’s S Pen bring a lot of new tricks up its sleeve.

To begin with, the new S Pen stylus is capable of sensing up to 4,096 levels of pressure, and with a thin nib that is less than 7.5mm thick, you get an experience closer writing on a paper using a pen. And just like the Galaxy Note 8, the S Pen is also IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. This means, you can take out the stylus and start doodling or jot down quick notes even under the rain.

The S Pen is located at the bottom right corner, and you just need to push the button once to eject it. Once you remove the stylus, the notes taking app starts by default, allowing you to quickly jot down notes. After you’re done, you can add save the note or even pin it to the ‘always on’ display. But this is only when the screen is locked. When the screen is already active, removing the S Pen brings up a small ‘Air Command’ icon on the right. Tapping the stylus on the icon brings up a number of options – smart select, live message, translate, magnify, glance, Bixby vision and more. Let’s take a look at each of these features and what all you can do with them in our video.