There Might Be A Camera Inside The Galaxy Note 10's Stylus

By Holly Brockwell on at

All the way back in 2017, when we thought the world was terrible but had no idea how terrible it was going to become, Samsung filed a patent for a smartphone stylus with a camera inside.

That patent has just been granted, meaning that Samsung has the go-ahead to put a tiny tiny camera in the S-Pen stylus on its next phablet, the Galaxy Note 10, if it so wishes.

Why would you want a camera in a stylus, you ask?

Well, it could be a novel solution to the notch problem -- a way to avoid punching holes in the face or creating a slider mechanism to hide the selfie camera. Instead, the front-facing camera could be in the stylus, which is inside the phone. Honestly though, that sounds like kind of a faff -- busting out the S-Pen every time you want to practice your pout.

It could be to allow you to write on paper using the S-Pen, while the camera records your doodles and uploads them to the cloud.

It could be a removable security camera, so you could leave the pen watching your living room while you go to work. Bonus: it'd be too small to notice.

It could be (OK, we're dreaming here) a really neat way to do 360-degree videos and photos, although fitting all that tech inside a tiny stylus would be improbable.

In short, we don't know what Samsung's got planned, but we do know the stylus-cam is intended for a Galaxy Note phone specifically. Which one, or whether it'll even happen, remains to be seen.

Give us your best ideas for the pen-periscope in the comments, we are fascinated. [Slashgear]