SAMSUNG has invented a smartphone stylus with a built-in camera that can take zoomed-in photographs.
The new gadget could even debut alongside the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 smartphone, expected to launch later this year.
Samsung largely keeps mum about future gadgets until it’s ready to make an official announcement.
But the company’s potential plans have been exposed after a previously secret patent was published by the US trademark office.
The patent describes an “electric pen device” that can be controlled using another device – like a smartphone.
Attached images show the S-Pen stylus doubling up as a camera, and even offering optical zoom.
This would turn the S-Pen stylus into a kind of “spy camera” that you could use to snap quick selfies.
However, it’s not clear exactly how high-quality a camera inside a thin stylus would be.
It’s possible that Samsung would have to bulk out the thickness of its stylus to support a camera.
Of course, it’s entirely possible that Samsung may never release an S-Pen stylus with a camera fitted inside.
Companies often file patents but never follow through with actually creating their invention.
In some cases, it’s because they think something is a good idea at the time – but later decide it’s not worth the effort.
Some companies will also file patents simply to prevent rivals from building a similar gadget.
And it’s also possible Samsung has filed this patent so that other companies can make the gadget themselves, but pay Samsung a fee to use the idea.
If Samsung does create a snap-happy S-Pen stylus, it would likely only be available for the Galaxy Note series of phones.
Samsung Galaxy Note handsets come with built-in S-Pen styluses that tuck away into a cavity in the handset.
Samsung’s latest model is the Galaxy Note 9, but we’re expecting a new Galaxy Note 10 to land around August this year.
However, Samsung hasn’t confirmed any such launch, so take all rumours with a pinch of salt for now.
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It’s also possible that the launch of the Samsung folding phone is just a few days away, too.
But Apple fans will want to spend their time reading about this year’s rumoured iPhone 11 instead.
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