The Galaxy S21 Ultra got an optional S Pen case, becoming the first in the series to support the iconic stylus, and similarly, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 was released half a year later along with an S Pen accessory. Now the upcoming Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to have a dedicated built-in S Pen holster, which fueled some speculations that the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will follow the same evolutionary path and fully embrace the S Pen next year. This, however, might not be the case, according to a new rumor that surfaced on Naver (via @FrontTron).
According to the rumor, Samsung is now in the process of building Galaxy Z Fold 4 prototypes before deciding on a final design, and none of the existing sample models have a built-in S Pen holster. However, the source adds that these pre-production models are subject to change, obviously, and that Samsung should decide on a final design for the Galaxy Z Fold 4 by early March.
The hardest part is over
Should Samsung decide to give the Galaxy Z Fold 4 a dedicated S Pen holster, the company will have to rethink the device’s internal design in order to make room for the said accessory. This will take research and development time, but the hard part, i.e., adding S Pen support to the foldable display panel, has been done since the Galaxy Z Fold 3 got released.
The Galaxy Z Fold’s book-like form factor is a natural fit for the S Pen, so it would make sense for the next-gen foldable phone-tablet hybrid to fully embrace this accessory. But of course, we can’t be certain of Samsung’s future decisions, especially since the company itself doesn’t have a clear path, so we’ll have to wait and see if the Galaxy Z Fold 4 will have a dedicated S Pen holster or not. Hopefully, we’ll find out more way ahead of March.
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