The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 was listed last month. But industry observers are already trying to uncover the secrets of its successor. South Korean media, The Elec cited UBI Research’s latest report that Samsung is currently considering using AES (Active Electrostatic Solution) digital technology to bring the S Pen into the next Galaxy Z Fold series. At the same time, the source claims the company is still trying to make UTG (ultra-thin glass) thick enough to withstand the pressure of the S Pen’s nib.
This is not the first time that we hear Samsung wants to bring the S Pen into its foldable phone. Previously, it was rumored that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 will come with an S Pen. But due to technical limitations, Samsung cannot make this vision a reality.
How Can Samsung Solve The Existing Problems And Bring S Pen To More Models?
First, Samsung’s Galaxy Note series uses S Pen’s EMR (Electromagnetic Resonance) technology. But the same technology is too rigid for a foldable screen. Secondly, Samsung decided not to equip the Galaxy Z Fold 2 with the S Pen because the UTG layer is not thick enough to withstand the tip of the stylus.
UBI Research believes that Samsung is now seeking to solve these problems for the upcoming Galaxy Z Fold 3. The company may not be able to apply EMR digitizers to foldable panels. But it may decide to use AES technology instead.
Both technologies have their own advantages and disadvantages. But AES usually provides better overall performance at the expense of production costs. More importantly, AES may allow Samsung’s foldable screen phones to use S Pen.
According to reports, another area Samsung is seeking to improve is ultra-thin glass. The foldable display of Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a layer of 30-micron UTG. This is too easily damaged by the tip of the S Pen. However, the company is said to be working hard to double the thickness of the UTG layer for the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to allow the use of S Pen.
Of course, it is too early to determine the authenticity of these rumors. Even if Samsung considers adding the S Pen to the Galaxy Z Fold 3, many things may change before the smartphone enters mass production.
As for today, many media claim Samsung is going to bring its S Pen to more series. And the Samsung Galaxy S21 is in the first place. But if this handset is scheduled to hit the market in the first quarter of 2021, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 will come in the second half.