A much-loved feature from Samsung's discontinued Note lineup may be making a comeback with the Galaxy S8. Samsung is reportedly mulling whether to bring the Galaxy S Pen to its Galaxy S phones next year.
That's from a rumor circulating out of China on the microblogging site Weibo that Android Headlines spotted. It's just a rumor, of course, though the source behind it claims that at least one Galaxy S8 prototype comes with a port where an S Pen would be plugged in.
Over the last few years, the S Pen has been part of Samsung's Galaxy Note lineup, allowing you to tap on items and write on the screen with help from the high-powered stylus. Samsung also built a number of great features into the S Pen, such as the ability to scribble memos even when your phone's screen was off or to highlight and translate text.
Samsung has previously kept S Pen support out of its Galaxy S phones, preferring instead to offer it only in Galaxy Note. The idea was to differentiate the two lines of flagship handsets and allow users to decide which kind of input they preferred. However, with the Note 7 discontinued due to battery issues, some Samsung watchers think the company might incorporate some of the features of its phablet into the Galaxy S8. That includes a big screen that could offer as much as 6 inches of screen real estate, which would be more than enough to accommodate an S Pen.
It's worth noting that there's nothing really stopping Samsung from offering S Pen support. The Galaxy S runs the same operating system as the Galaxy Note, and it's a big-screen device. Adding stylus support to the Galaxy S8 would be simple.
The only thing that could stand in the way of an S Pen-equipped Galaxy S8 is the return of a Note phone. While Samsung discontinued the Note 7 after recalling the fire-prone product, it hasn't said what its future plans for that product line might be. The Note could make a comeback next year, or Samsung could opt to discontinue the phablet entirely as it makes the S8 its primary flagship.
But alas, this is all speculation. Samsung hasn't commented on its future plans and likely won't until it unveils the Galaxy S8 next year, either at the Mobile World Congress trade show in late February or, if rumors of a delayed announcement are true, at a Galaxy S8 press event in April.