Samsung confirms exciting new Note 9 feature in official marketing material

New S Pen lets you control your camera, presentations and apps without touching your phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is due to be officially unveiled in New York today at 4pm BST (11am EDT). Most of the new phone's features have been leaked already but there may still  be a surprise or two, which you'll be able to watch on the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked live stream.

What won't be a surprise, because it just leaked again, is the new S Pen. We previously reported on FCC documents which outlined new capabilities of the A S Pen, which have been enabled by giving the stylus Bluetooth connectivity.

Now, slides from Samsung's official Note 9 marketing material have been obtained by and they provide more details of just what you'll be able to do with the upgraded stylus, which Samsung is promoting with the line "Now with intelligence for ultimate control".

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen

By "ultimate control" Samsung means that you'll be able to use the button on the top of the stylus as a remote. OK, so that's a slightly different definition of ultimate than we would use, but the S Pen will give users a new way to control their handset.

According to the marketing material: "The all new S Pen now boasts powerful Bluetooth technology, letting you press a button to take control of your camera, presentations, and apps without touching your phone."

So you could use it to take long-range group selfies, start and stop music that's playing on your phone and advance through slides while your colleagues gaze in awe at the cool transitions you've chosen for your presentation.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 S Pen

It's a neat upgrade to the S Pen and one we can see appealing to owners, especially if app makers come up with interesting ways that that the S Pen could control their apps.

Do tune into the Note 9 launch live feed at 4pm UK time today where no doubt Samsung will be keen to show off the S Pen's upgraded smarts.

Paul Douglas
Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director, Future

Paul Douglas is Global Digital Editorial Strategy Director at Future and has worked in publishing for over 25 years. He worked in print for over 10 years on various computing titles including .net magazine and the Official Windows Magazine before moving to in 2008, eventually becoming Global Editor-in-Chief for the brand, overseeing teams in the US, UK and Australia. Following that, Paul has been Global Editor-in-Chief of BikeRadar and T3 (not at the same time) and later Content Director working on T3, TechRadar and Tom's Guide. In 2021, Paul also worked on the launches of and PetsRadar.