During its keynote address, Samsung made a surprise announcement with famed pencil maker Staedtler. Can you guess what it is?
Naturally, the two companies are working together on an S-Pen designed specifically to work with Samsung’s latest and that looks and feels just like one of Staedtler’s number two Noris pencils.
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For all intents and purposes, the stylus will operate like an S-Pen, with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Better yet, the gadget will work even when the tablets’ screens are off, enabling memo storage. Further still, the pencil-looking S-Pen will allow for digital annotation of PDFs as well as outlining screenshots.
In our tests with the pencil, the 0.7mm rubber stylus does feel more like graphite on paper when pushed nib-on... but when used on the side, a little more slippery. However, it's a nice shape to hold and, well, feels like a pencil.
The obvious comparison to Apple's device comes straight to mind - while Samsung flat out denied the presence of the Apple Pencil having any bearing on their decision to make this stylus model, it's literally the Samsung Pencil to Apple's... and this time it actually looks like one.
Sadly, the two companies had nothing to say of neither when this adorably retro device would hit shelves nor how much it will cost.
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