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Galaxy S21 heralds Samsung Pay MST demise, S Pen expansion

Galaxy S21 heralds Samsung Pay MST demise, S Pen expansion

There's a lot to talk about the Galaxy S21 series, mostly because of how much Samsung packed into the phones. That includes price tags that are almost too good to be true if you know Samsung. That said, there are also things that Samsung removed, the most notorious of them being the charger in the box as well as the microSD card slot. That's not the end of the story, of course, and Samsung still had a lot to reveal off-stage.

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Samsung adds S Pen to Galaxy S21 Ultra – but prepare to be confused

Samsung adds S Pen to Galaxy S21 Ultra – but prepare to be confused

Samsung has brought the S Pen to the Galaxy S21 Ultra, but you'd be forgiven for being confused as to just how stylus and smartphone work together. Familiar from the Galaxy Note series, the S Pen isn't being bundled with the new S21 Ultra, and nor indeed is it the same stylus we're familiar with. In fact, if you're coming from a recent Note, there may be some features you miss.

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Moto G Stylus 2021 leak is literally big

Moto G Stylus 2021 leak is literally big

One of the arguments often thrown against using a stylus on a phone is the smaller screen size compared even to the smallest tablets. While smartphones these days are huge compared to the very first iPhones that were used to mock the first Galaxy Note, writing much less drawing on them even with a stick can still be a cramped experience. One solution would be to actually make the phone larger and that seems to be the strategy Motorola will be using for this year's Moto G Stylus successor.

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LG Stylo 7 leak suggests an important upgrade you can’t see

LG Stylo 7 leak suggests an important upgrade you can’t see

The phone stylus is back in the news thanks to rumors and expectations that the Galaxy S21, or at least the Galaxy S21 Ultra, will support one. While Samsung is pretty much the most well-known manufacturer that still clings to the input device, it isn't the only one. That said, LG's Stylo line, which has undergone one or two name changes, isn't exactly that remarkable in comparison but it seems that its 2021 iteration could have at least one upgrade that makes it a little more interesting.

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Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen will have an important consequence

Galaxy Z Fold 3 S Pen will have an important consequence

One of the concepts associated with a phone that can unfold like a notebook is the ability to use it almost like a notebook, including the ability to write on it with a stylus. Due to the limitations of early flexible screens, that wasn't exactly possible or even advisable. The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is rumored to be the first of its kind to be strong enough to use a stylus on. Everything, however, has a price and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be paying for it more than just literally.

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Moto G Stylus (2021) briefly pops up on Amazon

Moto G Stylus (2021) briefly pops up on Amazon

It's not that easy to keep track of Motorola's G family, especially when it went beyond numbers and suffixed words to its name. Sure, some like "Power" easily describe the powerful batteries that some models pack but the likes of "Play" and "Plus" are harder to differentiate. And then came the Moto G Stylus earlier this year, bringing along with it a passive stick for note-takers and doodlers. That might have been a relatively successful endeavor because Motorola is apparently following it up with a 2021 upgrade.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Plus leaks are a matter of good taste

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Plus leaks are a matter of good taste

Samsung's set of three devices leaked in a few ways over the past several days, and today we've collected the lot. The Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra will likely be released in the first couple of months of the year 2021 with a whole new design. The frontside bezels will be thinner, the punch hole will be smaller, and the back will have a camera array industrial design that takes the line out a whole new door.

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Wacom VR Pen revealed for cross-reality stylus action

Wacom VR Pen revealed for cross-reality stylus action

The Wacom VR Pen was revealed here at the tail end of 2020 with creative intent. This piece of equipment was created to work in a virtual reality environment, but also works on 2D surfaces, as it's made with much of the same tech as an otherwise non-VR Wacom stylus. This pen works with its own "independent tracking system that works with major Head-Mounted Displays."

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Galaxy S21 S Pen must-have features for the stylus to thrive

Galaxy S21 S Pen must-have features for the stylus to thrive

There is no shortage of talk about the death of the Galaxy Note line next year and most of those revolve around one or two "facts". Samsung is undoubtedly grooming the Galaxy Z Fold series to eventually take its place but perhaps more significant is how the Galaxy S21 will reportedly gain its signature feature, the Wacom-powered S Pen. That will naturally raise questions on whether the stylus is still relevant today, enough to justify the added cost of a digitizer for what most might consider an esoteric feature. There are actually a few things that Samsung can do to make sure it actually gets the message across this time.

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The Galaxy Note 2021 death knell keeps getting louder

The Galaxy Note 2021 death knell keeps getting louder

Ask not for whom the bell tolls, Galaxy Note, it tolls for thee! Another set of sources delivered bad news for fans of the main Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone lineup this week. Earlier whispers of the demise of the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone appear to have been corroborated, with a "sharp drop in demand for high-end smartphones due to the coronavirus pandemic" as a main factor in the equation.

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Galaxy Note 21 might still happen next year with a catch

Galaxy Note 21 might still happen next year with a catch

Reports of the Galaxy Note line's demise might be exaggerated or premature. Those reports were mostly based on rumors that the Galaxy S21, particularly the Galaxy S21 Ultra, would gain the one feature that sets the two products apart. A report from South Korean media does seem to confirm that Samsung has gotten the ball rolling to give the Galaxy S21 Ultra its own S Pen. At the same time, however, it also gives Galaxy Note fans one last hope, at least until next year.

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Galaxy S21 S Pen rumors take one step forward, one step back

Galaxy S21 S Pen rumors take one step forward, one step back

While the Galaxy S21's expected very early debut suggests it might not have much in the way of new grand features, it seems there is one that may still make the cut after all. Long believed to herald the demise of the Galaxy Note line, the Galaxy S series has been rumored to support the S Pen stylus year after year. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is believed to finally be it, but it won't exactly replace the Galaxy Note in one important way.

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