Will the Samsung Galaxy S23 have an S Pen?


Quick Answer: The S Pen is likely exclusive to the Galaxy S23 Ultra in the S23 line. Regrettably, the S23 and S23+ do not have S Pen compatibility.

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S23 series just a day away, S Pen power users are also wondering if the latest iteration will boast an S Pen, the coveted stylus feature.

The S Pen (Samsung Pen) has become a staple of the Samsung Galaxy series.

According to Samsung, the S Pen is a special stylus integrated into the Galaxy Note series and some of the later Galaxy Tabs. It was first introduced in 2011 with the first Galaxy Note.

Thirteen years in, and the S Pen has seriously leveled up. It isn’t just a pen anymore – it’s a remote control, a language translator, a live message creator, and a decently good drawing tool all rolled into one.

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Does the Samsung Galaxy S23 have an S Pen?

Short Answer: The Galaxy S23 Ultra will, not the S23 or S23+

The Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ (launching the same day as the S23 Ultra) will not feature the S Pen stylus, even though they’re also feature-rich in their respective rights.

So, which Samsung Galaxy S23 has the S Pen?

According to leaks and rumors, the Samsung S23 Ultra will feature an S Pen stylus. The previous year’s S22 comes with an embedded S Pen, so it only makes sense that the S23 will offer the same.

The S23 Ultra is the most advanced and feature-packed model of the S23 series. It is also Samsung’s latest and most powerful flagship.

It features a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus 2, glass back, an aluminum frame, 200MP camera, and is available in 8GB and 12GB RAM with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage. It is also IP68-rated for dust and water resistance.

How much will the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra cost?

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As shown above, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra with S Pen comes in four options.

Below is the different Galaxy S23 Ultra you can purchase with an S Pen:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: 8GB RAM, 256GB storage
  2. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: 12GB RAM, 256GB storage
  3. Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: 12GB RAM, 512GB ROM, 12GB RAM, 1TB storage

If you’re wondering how much the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will cost, rumor has it that it will cost approximately $1,199 and $1,449.

You can check out our article “How much is Samsung Galaxy S23” for a detailed cost of the entire Galaxy S23 lineup.

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Which other Samsung Galaxy models have had S Pen?

Apart from the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (which for some will be ultra-expensive), previous models support the S Pen. Other Samsung Galaxy devices with S Pen support include:

Galaxy Smartphones:

  • Samsung GalaxyNote
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4
  • Samsung Galaxy NoteEdge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • Samsung GalaxyNote 10+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite
  • Samsung GalaxyNote 20
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

You can also use the S Pen with recent models like the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, S22 Ultra, and even some Samsung Galaxy foldable phones.

If buying older models, confirm that they’re still supported by Samsung and can receive updates.

Galaxy Tab:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S3
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S4
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE.
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A7
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab A8+
  • Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3

Pick from the list above if budget is a concern. The Galaxy S23 Ultra isn’t cheap, so it’s understandably fair if you can’t justify its price tag.

So there you have it. The Galaxy S23 will feature an S Pen, but you’ll have to opt for the Galaxy S23 Ultra to reap its benefits.

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