Samsung’s next Android flagship, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, has landed in the FCC database (first spotted by Android Authority). The listing confirms a few of the rumors that have been floating around.
First, the FCC confirms the Galaxy S21 has S-Pen support. Rumors have been swirling that the Galaxy Note line would be killed to focus on Samsung’s ballooning foldables lineup, and farming out the Note’s one unique feature would certainly fit that narrative. There is still some dispute about whether the Note is actually dead. Reuters cites an anonymous source claiming the Note is dead, while Yonhap, South Korea’s biggest news agency, cites an anonymous source claiming the Note is alive.
What’s not in dispute is that the Note is no longer the only Samsung phone with stylus support. As a tester of all things wireless, the FCC says the S21 Ultra has “two different inductive coupling modes of S-PEN motion detection (Hover and Click).” The Ultra sounds like it will work just like the Note, but remember, there’s nowhere to store the S-Pen on a Galaxy S21. We know what the phone looks like, and it does not have a giant chasm for pen storage like the Note did. Like an Apple Pencil or Surface Pen, you’ll probably have to buy the pen separately and figure out where to store it.