Excellent news! The brand new Galaxy S21 Extremely helps the S Pen stylus, and meaning many extra individuals will be capable of take pleasure in all the pieces it has to supply. Technically that is the case, however in actuality, utilizing the S Pen with the S21 Extremely gained’t be the seamless expertise it’s on the Galaxy Word 20 Extremely. For a begin, you’ll have to purchase an S Pen, after which discover someplace to maintain it if you’re not utilizing it too, because it doesn’t include the telephone and neither is there a neat little storage slot for it. The “resolution?” A cumbersome case.
Samsung hasn’t actually dedicated itself to the S Pen on the S21 Extremely, and due to this ambivalence, it seems to be solely a brief step away from admitting no-one actually cares in regards to the S Pen anymore. If so, it could lead to an enormous shift in Samsung’s smartphone product vary.
Caught in a nook with the S Pen
Samsung’s caught in the case of the S Pen. The stylus has all the time been the characteristic that made the Galaxy Word telephone a Word, separating it from the S Collection and each different big-screen, high-performance machine on the market too. It’s intrinsically linked with the Galaxy Word, and if it was taken away then the telephone loses its motive to exist in any respect.
However right here we’re with the S21 Extremely and it helps the S Pen. Up is now down. Has help been added as a result of the S Pen is so wildly well-liked Samsung wants to provide extra individuals the prospect to make use of it? Nicely, probably, however the therapy suggests it’s most likely not. The best way it has launched the S Pen to the S21 Extremely is low-key, not particularly user-friendly, and doesn’t point out it expects it to grow to be a significant promoting level.
The best way Samsung launched the S Pen to the S21 Extremely doesn’t instill us with confidence.
Samsung clearly can’t flip the S21 Extremely right into a Word, so S Pen help was all the time going to come back throughout as an afterthought. Not solely is the S Pen not included within the field, however there’s additionally nowhere to retailer the stylus within the physique. To benefit from the S Pen on the S21 Extremely, you’ll need to spend cash. A substitute Word 20 S Pen together with the brand new and really clunky S21 Extremely folio case with an S Pen storage slot built-in, so that you don’t lose it, is a further funding of $70.
It’s very laborious to think about why anybody who thought-about the S Pen a vital would purchase an S21 Extremely, an S Pen, and an unpleasant case over simply shopping for the superb Galaxy Word 20 Extremely within the first place. Why hassle then? What I concern is Samsung has found only some care in regards to the S Pen, so it simply wants to supply the S Pen someplace within the vary, however not construct a complete smartphone round it anymore.
Samsung’s finest efforts
If Samsung’s analysis has proven the S Pen is now not the draw (sorry) it as soon as was, then it’s not for lack of making an attempt to make it extra fascinating. When Samsung launched the Galaxy Word 10 it took steps to ensure the S Pen was extra helpful to extra individuals, when actually earlier than it solely made sense for note-takers and artists.
Because of the Bluetooth connection, it turned a gaming wand, a gesture controller, and a distant shutter launch for the digital camera. It’s superb in any respect three. Nonetheless, is that this actuality sufficient to help a whole telephone? If Samsung’s not seeing the S Pen come out of its sheath as typically because it as soon as did, the case for protecting the Word round will get significantly weaker. The Galaxy S21 Extremely has elevated itself past the S21 and S21 Plus by way of display tech and design, and with S Pen help for people who need it, it’s now completely positioned to usurp the Word because the scribblers fastened display cellular of alternative.
There are persistent rumors Samsung will finish the Word sequence within the close to future, though it’s unclear whether or not the Word 20 was the ultimate entry, or if the final within the line will arrive this 12 months. Both approach, the Word’s potential demise probably opens the door for folding telephones to take its place on the prime of Samsung’s vary. In that case, the therapy of the S Pen on the Galaxy S21 Extremely might give us a touch as to the way it’ll arrive with a future foldable — as an adjunct solely for many who really need one.
The start of the top?
Is all of it doom and gloom for the S Pen and the Word? The half-hearted addition of the stylus on the S21 Extremely isn’t a great signal. Demoting the S Pen to accent standing for the S21 Extremely provides Samsung a approach out if it shuts down the Word, avoiding an excessive amount of anger from the devoted few who nonetheless need the stylus, whereas nonetheless succeeding in streamlining its vary.
The transfer places the corporate one step away from admitting (most likely silently) no-one actually desires the S Pen anymore. Stage one has been accomplished by turning it into an non-compulsory accent on its newest flagship telephone, which in itself has additionally grow to be distanced from the remainder of its household by offering a far greater specification than standard, and stage two shall be to ship the Word out to pasture.
At first look, wider S Pen help looks like a great factor, however look beneath the floor and on this case, it could truly signify disinterest, and this doesn’t bode properly for the Galaxy Word’s future. Nothing in any respect is official but, however at the very least the way in which Samsung has dealt with introducing the S Pen to the S21 Extremely helps mentally put together us for a radical shift in its line-up of fashions sooner or later.