For a few months now, we’ve been hearing rumors that Samsung’s next flagship – the Galaxy S21 Ultra – will offer support for the S Pen pen. If so, it would further blur the lines between the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S families, but in the light state it would be an incredibly useful feature for a phone that costs no less than $ 1,300. As the debate continues, the US FCC has confirmed that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will indeed offer pen support. The head of Samsung’s mobile device division also hinted earlier this month that the company will move some of the features of the Galaxy Note family to other smartphones in its portfolio.
The S Pen support makes a $ 1,500 price point a little tastier
In the FCC file, which was first discovered by Android Authority staff, the model number of the Galaxy S21 Ultra is listed as SM-G998B. “The EUT can also be used with a pen device (S-PEN). The EUT works with the S-PEN in two different inductive coupling modes of the S-PEN motion detection (hover and click) in the range from 0.53 to 0.6 MHz. The EUT was set up so that it continuously sends to the S-PEN in each of the two modes, ”said one of the test reports.
Following the recent leaks, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will swing four cameras on the back, one of which has a rectangular lens opening that’s likely part of a periscope camera setup to provide higher optical zoom output. The main camera on the Galaxy S21 Ultra is reportedly a 108-megapixel snapper. It is accompanied by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 10-megapixel telephoto snapper with 3x zoom and another 10-megapixel telephoto camera with 10x optical zoom.
The database also includes support for the Wi-Fi 6E standard and Ultra-Wideband (UWB) technology found in the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The latter opens the doors to advanced device connectivity features that find application in areas like the built-in car experience and finding items like your wallet or even a pet via a tracker. Samsung is already working with partners to develop application scenarios and devices that can leverage UWB technology that can be activated for a smartphone, smartwatch, smart key, or even a tile tracker. For more information on UWB’s applications, see the Samsung Explainer here.
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