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Samsung explains why the S Pen stylus sometimes stinks

By Liu Hongzuo - on 25 Mar 2024, 10:57am

Samsung explains why the S Pen stylus sometimes stinks

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra, from our review.

Some folks have been huffing hard on the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra’s S Pen, prompting a reply from Samsung.

According to 9To5Google, the Reddit thread “Why does my s pen smell so bad?” (sic) saw an overwhelming number of Galaxy S users asking if the stylus on newer Samsung phones has a distinct stink. Among its 250+ comments, some Galaxy users agreed after sniffing their respective S Pens, with a smaller group of Samsung users suggesting that they were putting S Pens into the wrong hole. 

(Editor’s note: Is the S Pen slot also called the S Hole?)

This collective discovery led 9To5Google to sniff S Pens from previous Samsung Galaxy S handsets. The team discovered that the smell goes back to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and was noticeably absent from the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra.

9To5Google chalked it up to the exterior of the S Pen, which featured a different coating and finish ever since Samsung retired the Galaxy Note lineup.

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, from our review.

What makes this even weirder is that Samsung has addressed the S Pen smell before. About a month before the Reddit thread showed up, the Samsung Community Forum had a moderator reply to a concerned Galaxy S24 Ultra sniffer who claimed a burnt smell was coming from the tip of his S Pen.

According to the moderator:

“This isn't anything to be concerned about. While the S Pen is in its holster, it is close to the internal components of the phone, which will generate heat while in use, and cause the plastic to heat up. This can smell like burning, but it is similar to the smell you might experience after leaving your car in the sun for a few hours. The seats and plastic fittings in the vehicle might smell hot, but this will diminish after it cools.”

There we have it. If your S Pen reeks, it’s not a bug — it’s a feature.

Source: 9To5Google, Reddit (r/Samsung), Samsung Community Forum

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