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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 S Pen might speak to you

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Ronald Griffis
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The S Pen is one of the features that sets Samsung's phablet range apart from most of the competition.

It gives you new ways to interact with the phone, allowing you to sketch and write by hand, but future versions could go a step further and add audio skills through a built-in speaker.

A patent, filed in March 2016 and unearthed by Patently Mobile, points to exactly that, with a speaker in the top of the pen allowing sound to be played through it.

When the S Pen or Galaxy Note Pen as it's called here is slotted into the handset it could even double up as a speaker for the phone.

What the patent doesn't really explain is what the point of any of this would be, but possible uses could include having notes you've just taken read back to you, or sound an alert and help you locate the stylus next time you lose it down the sofa.

If the built-in speaker coexisted with the handset's speaker it could also allow for louder audio out of your smartphone.

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