SAMSUNG HAS PATENTED a James Bond-esque stylus that comes with a built-in camera and could debut alongside the Galaxy Note 10.
While the Galaxy Note 9's bundled S-Pen doubled-up as a long-range shutter button, Samsung's next-gen stylus could replace the front-facing camera altogether, according to a patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Spotted by Patently Mobile, the patent, which was originally filed in February of 2017, describes an "electric pen device" with an "optical system including a lens and an image sensor".
While it's unclear if the S-Pen will ever see the light of day, bundling such a stylus with its smartphones could allow Samsung to ditch the selfie camera completely to create a proper full-screen display without a notch or punch-hole design.
9/11/18: The Galaxy Note 10 will dwarf this year's Note 9 flagship with a monstrous 6.66in bezel-less display.
That's according to Korean newspaper The Bell, which reports that the Galaxy Note 10 - codenamed 'DaVinci' - will sport a 6.66in Super AMOLED screen with a 4K resolution and HDR support.
The report claims that Samsung decided on the display specifications this month, and has handed over to its Samsung Display unit to start production of the Note 9-dwarfing panels.
It doesn't tell us much else about the Note 10, though, although separate rumours claim the smartphone will pack a triple-lens camera, 5G support and a bigger battery than this year's model.
The Bell does have some more info about the incoming Galaxy S10, however, and reports that Samsung is plotting a super-sized S10 Plus model that will sport a 6.44 OLED display.
15/10/18: It's been less than two months since the Galaxy Note 9 arrived on shelves, and we're already hearing chatter about next year's flagship.
According to Korean website The Bell, next year's Galaxy Note 10 will be Samsung's biggest smartphone yet with a 6.66in OLED display, 0.26in larger than the screen found on the Galaxy Note 9 and, according to the report, biggest than next year's iPhone XS Max sequel.
Samsung won't wait until late in 2019 to take the fight to Apple's latest flagship, though, as the report notes that the Galaxy S10, set to debut early next year, will sport an XS Max-rivalling 6.44in screen.
The other two S10 versions are expected to stay at 5.8in, the same size as the current Galaxy S9.
Despite its super-sized screen, the Galaxy Note 10 is unlikely to feature a larger footprint than Samsung's latest Note flagship. The Bell notes that the phone's bezels will continue to decrease in size, which could result in the phone's dimensions remaining largely unchanged.
The Bell also notes that it's still early in the phone's development cycle, so specs could change between now and the Note 10's unveiling in the "second half of 2019". However, it says that since the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 disaster, the company has extended the amount of time it spends developing phones from six months to one year.
The report doesn't tell us much else about the smartphone, but recent rumours suggest that Samsung is planning to remove the headphone jack on either the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S11. Instead, the company will rely on a combination of the phone's USC Type-C port and a bundled headphone dongle.
Reports haven't said why Samsung would want to get rid of the headphone jack but speculate that, like other manufacturers, the company simply wants to save space for other parts. µ
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