Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 leak reveals this feature is dead

Galaxy Z Fold 3 concept
(Image credit: Let's Go Digital/WIPO)

Like the Galaxy S21 Ultra released earlier this year, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is expected to add support for the S Pen. And also like that earlier flagship, it seems that Samsung’s new foldable won’t include a built-in slot for storing the stylus.

According to a report from South Korean blog Naver, Samsung has been trying to work out a way to include a way to store the S Pen as part of the Galaxy Z Fold 3's design. Unfortunately, it looks like that isn’t going to happen, thanks to the technical challenges of fitting a slot for the stylus into the foldable phone’s design.

The culprit here isn’t necessarily the foldable screen that’s at the heart of the Galaxy Z Fold lineup. Rather, it’s because Samsung wants to make the upcoming device more resistant to water and dust. Pulling that off while also including a slot for the S Pen in the phone would be a step too far.

As Galaxy Note fans know, you’re able to dock the S Pen safely inside that phablet. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, while offering S Pen support for the first time outside of a Note device, does not have such a slot. Instead, you’ve got to buy a separate Galaxy S21 Ultra case

The Naver report suggests that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will go a similar route, with the foldable supporting some sort of stylus but not one that can dock inside the phone itself. Such a move would be significant as many expect the Galaxy Z Fold 3 to replace the Galaxy Note as Samsung’s major flagship release in the second half of the year.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 is rumored to be arriving in July. It could feature a larger 7.6-inch interior display, with the exterior panel shrinking somewhat from last year’s version.

In addition, the Naver report claims the Galaxy Z Fold 3 will be one of two Samsung foldables coming out in the second half of the year — presumably the Galaxy Z Flip 2 will be the other. A Galaxy S21 FE model which offers many features of the S21 lineup but at a lower price could also join those phones.

Brittany Vincent

Brittany Vincent has been covering video games and tech for over 13 years for publications including Tom's Guide, MTV, Rolling Stone, CNN, Popular Science, Playboy, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Kotaku, Maxim, and more. She's also appeared as a panelist at video game conventions like PAX East and PAX West and has coordinated social media for companies like CNET. When she's not writing or gaming, she's looking for the next great visual novel in the vein of Saya no Uta. You can follow her on Twitter @MolotovCupcake.