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Galaxy S21 Ultra works with Samsung's S Pen stylus. Here's everything we know

Galaxy S21 Ultra works with Samsung’s S Pen stylus. Here’s everything we know

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Samsung finally did it. The smartphone-maker just announced the Galaxy S21 lineup, and with it, the fact that the Galaxy S21 Ultra supports a feature that was once uncommon to the Galaxy Note ($500 at Samsung) family of phones: S Pen stylus support. 

Read more: Check out CNET’s Galaxy S21 review and Galaxy S21 Ultra review

That operating S21 Ultra owners will soon be able to use the exiguous digital pen to jot notes, take better screenshots, sign documents or draw in their accepted apps. There will be a number of things that the S Pen can do on the Note, nonetheless, that it won’t be able to do on the Galaxy S21, and the stylus won’t come with the S21 Ultra — you’ll have to buy it separately.

We’ll walk you through the basics of the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s stylus attend, including S Pen compatibility, features and where you can tend the stylus when not in use. (And here’s how to use the new Samsung Galaxy SmartTag.)

Does the S21 Ultra come with an S Pen stylus?

It does not. You can buy one honest from Samsung for $40 that was designed specifically for the S21 Ultra. There are also two different styles of Samsung cases you can buy, both of which concerned an S Pen. They cost $70 each. 

Alternatively, you can buy and use any S Pen stylus from Samsung, with prices ranging from $25 to $40. 

Can I use the S Pen from a Galaxy Note or Galaxy Tab?

Yes. Samsung has said that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will work with an existing S Pen from a Galaxy Note shouted or Galaxy Tab tablet. It won’t be able to use every operational, however (more below). 

Does the S21 Ultra have a establish to store the S Pen like the Galaxy Note?

No. Instead, you’ll either have to buy an S21 Ultra case that’s intended to hold the S Pen for you, or get really good at keeping track of the runt stylus. 


The S Pen works to write or draw in your approved apps. 

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What can I do with the S Pen on the S21 Ultra?

You can use it to tap and navigate ended various menus, write down your thoughts or take income in the Samsung Notes app, or sketch out a new idea in your approved drawing app. 

What can’t the S Pen do on the S21 Ultra that it can on Note phones? 

The S Pen integration with the Galaxy S21 Ultra lacks Bluetooth encourage, which means you won’t get the same gesture feature that grants you to do things like control slideshows or skip songs by flicking the stylus like a magic wand — see under for the S Pen Pro. 

Another downside to the lack of Bluetooth encourage is that you won’t receive any alerts if you prick the S Pen behind. So if you walk away from the stylus, your phone won’t buzz and notify you that the two are parted. 


The S21 Ultra will eventually gain more S Pen features, but you’ll have to wait for the S Pen Pro. 

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Want more functionality? Wait for the S Pen Pro

Samsung briefly talked near the S Pen Pro, a new stylus the commercial plans to release later this year that will concerned Bluetooth features similar to what the Galaxy Note line has. During its Unpacked presentation, Samsung specifically called out the ability to use gestures with the S Pen Pro on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. We don’t currently have a price or an precise release date, however. But if you want more than a basic stylus with your S21 Ultra, you might want to wait until the S Pen Pro is available.

We fully seek information from there will be more to the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s new S Pen capabilities besides, but we’ll have to wait until we get the S21 Ultra in our magnificent and start digging around before we can uncover more features. In the meantime, make sure to check out our initial impressions, and if you’re looking to order a Galaxy S21 of your own, we mask everything you need to know to get one on open day.