Samsung’s snazzy case transforms any Galaxy into a Note

Samsung's been working on an S Pen case. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s been working on an S Pen case. Photo: Samsung

If you’ve been longing for the Galaxy Note’s S Pen functionality but simply can’t manage its size, Samsung could soon deliver a case that fixes your problem. In a new patent filing, the South Korean company describes a neat case that adds an S Pen stylus to other Galaxy smartphones.

Samsung’s Note lineup has always been large. In fact, the original Note, which launched in 2011 with a 5.3-inch screen, is credited with being the device that kicked off the large smartphone trend. But super-sized handsets aren’t for everyone.

If you prefer a more compact device, then the Note’s excellent S Pen functionality is a no-go. But in the future, you might be able to add a stylus to smaller handsets like the Galaxy S7 yourself, simply by snapping on Samsung’s new case.

As illustrated in the images above, the case has a larger bezel on one side that holds a stylus. It would obviously add a little bit of extra width and thickness to your device, but it would still be more manageable than the Galaxy Note with its 5.7-inch screen.

Of course, patents are never a guarantee of things to come, so this case may never see the light of day. It’s also unlikely it would work with existing devices like the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, either, because their displays aren’t compatible with the S Pen.

But this could be an official Galaxy S7 accessory. Samsung likes to give fans a wealth of accessory options — like the wireless charging cases it has offered for previous Galaxies, and the keyboard attachment for Galaxy Note 5 — so this certainly seems like a possibility.