Samsung has dabbled fancy styluses before and were in for a new one – except its the complete antithesis of the Swarovski-studded Montblancs of yesteryear.
Instead, the new S Pen will styled after the StaedtlerNoris pencil. Thats a pencil that has been enjoyed by generations – the Noris was introduced back in 1901 (Staedtler dates back to 1835).
This goes beyond nostalgia though, S Pens in Galaxy Notes are by necessity tiny – they have to fit in a phone that fits in your pocket. More recently, though, the Galaxy Tab S3 got a larger stylus, one that doesnt sheath into the tablet but is much more ergonomic.
And you know that a pen, whose design hasnt changed in a century, will have perfect ergonomics. How much its digital incarnation will cost and when it will be available are answers for another time. We can answer one question right now, though – the S Pens are backwards compatible and will work on both Note phones and tablets.