The S Pen stylus that comes with the newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has remote control functions thanks to Bluetooth Low Energy Technology.

With a click, double click or long press on the S Pen’s button, the Note 9 can take a picture, play videos or switch to the next slide of a PowerPoint presentation!


Bluetooth Low Energy Technology

As its name suggests, Bluetooth Low Energy or BLE is a wireless connectivity technology that uses minimal power. The S Pen doesn’t even have a traditional battery. Instead, it uses a Super Capacitor that charges in just 40 seconds to provide up to 30 minutes of usage.

The moment it’s removed from the Note 9, the S Pen instantly connects with its mother phone even if Bluetooth isn’t turned on.

Using the S Pen to control video playback.

Using the S Pen to control video playback.


Customizable S Pen Remote Functions

All of S Pen’s remote control functions can be customized in its Settings. A long press is preset to open the Camera but it can also be assigned to another app.

Apps can take actions based on a single or double click. For the Camera, a single click takes a picture while a double click switches to the front camera. The Gallery and PowerPoint use the single click to go to the next picture or slide then double click for the previous picture or slide.

Other apps can also harness these functions and developers can apply it once Samsung releases the software development kit or SDK.


Older S Pen Functions

S Pen functions that have been available in previous Note versions are still supported and doesn’t use power from the Super Capacitor.

It can be used to write, draw and navigate the screen just like before.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB specs:

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  • 6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Display (1440 x 2960 Pixels), 516 ppi
  • Android 8.1 Oreo Operating System
  • Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa Chipset
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 12 + 12 Megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash
  • 8 Megapixel Front Camera
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
  • 128GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable Up to 512 via microSD
  • 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac (Dual Band)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 4000mAh Battery
  • Quick Charge 2.0 and Wireless Charging
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm @ 201 g
  • 55,990.00 Official Price in the Philippines
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