One feature of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 that we’re almost certain of at this point is support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus, previously offered by the Galaxy Note range and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. This support has been widely rumored, but it’s not been clear whether there would be a slot for the S Pen or not, and now that’s looking unlikely.
According to Ishan Agarwal (a leaker with a decent track record) there will be an “S Pen Fold Edition” of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3, and there will be a “Note Pack” case for storing the stylus with the phone.
Presumably this S Pen Fold Edition comes with both the stylus and the case, but that’s not totally clear from the wording of the tweet.
- These are the best foldable phones
- The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 is also on the way
- Read our full Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 review
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 will have an "S Pen Fold Editon" for it.Along with a "Note Pack" case for storing it with the phone. There will of course be usual Silicon, Leather & Aramid Back cases.Galaxy Z Flip 3 will have Silicon/Transparent cases with Rings & Straps as options.July 24, 2021
In any case, if Agarwal is right then there won’t be a slot for the S Pen in the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 itself, since if there was you wouldn’t need this case.
It’s worth noting that this claim is slightly at odds with at least one leak, which suggested Samsung had made the cover screen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3 slightly smaller in order to leave space for a stylus slot. So we’d take it with a pinch of salt, but equally no leaked images of the Z Fold 3 have shown a slot for the stylus.
Agarwal also claims that in addition to the Note Pack case there will be silicone, leather and aramid cases for the foldable.
Reserve your new handset at Samsung.com
If you're in the US and you want to be the first to get your hands on the new Galaxy phone, reservations are already open. It's not an obligation to buy it, but it gives you the option if you wanted to be first in line and offers trade-in credit and other extras too.
Analysis: no stylus slot is a good thing
While some (notably those who want the S Pen stylus) will probably be disappointed by the lack of a dedicated slot for it, the move makes sense.
There will probably be a lot of people who don’t care about the stylus, and for them a slot would be wasted space in what’s already going to be a big phone. Making the phone even larger for this slot, or shrinking the secondary screen as one leak suggests, would probably be undesirable.
If Samsung built the slot in it would also likely be more motivated to include the S Pen with the phone as standard, but this wouldn’t come free.
It would almost certainly add to the price of what’s sure to be an expensive handset. So giving people the choice of a stylus or not, and a case with a slot for it or not, means it can design a foldable that’s fit for a lot more people.
- Check out all the best Samsung phones