Tuesday, October 4

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra could challenge the Galaxy S22 Ultra with new ‘Smart Stylus’

After a year as an optional accessory, the S Pen stylus is set to become a core feature of the Galaxy S22 Ultra as part of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S22 launch. But it looks like that pen-and-phone combo won’t be without competition from another Android device.

XDA Developers reports that Motorola is working on a “next generation” stylus with much of the same functionality as the S Pen for its upcoming Motorola Edge 30 Ultra phone.

The XDA Developers source describes the Bluetooth “Smart Stylus” as “next generation” thanks to a feature set that is a step up from that included with the Motorola Moto G Stylus, even though that phone (pictured above) is marketed as an inexpensive device. The new stylus will offer support for both air gestures and wireless charging. Meanwhile, its button can reportedly be used for media controls, you can type directly into text boxes, and it can also be used as an air mouse with an external display.

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So far S Pen, but it seems Motorola’s vision for the smart stylus is closer to Samsung’s 2021 production than 2022: an optional accessory, rather than a core part of the phone that takes advantage of it. XDA Developers also shared sketches of the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra Folio case, showing the Smart Stylus sticking out of a pouch on the back.

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This probably indicates reverse wireless charging support from the phone, but having a stylus as a separate accessory is certainly not ideal, as Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and Galaxy Z Fold 3 buyers discovered. S Pen support was included with both. phones, but there was no place to dock the stylus when not in use, requiring a bulky official case for storage. You can use the pen without a dock, of course, but carrying the S Pen loose is a recipe for losing it.

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Despite this unintended parallel, Motorola’s Folio Case will apparently try to improve the Smart Stylus experience. XDA Developers explains that the software triggers are in place when the stylus is pulled out, with the phone turning on Bluetooth for it to connect. Reportedly, you’ll also have the option to choose which app opens automatically when the phone is locked or unlocked. Also, it is rumored that the pen will notice when it hasn’t been in the case for a while and alert the user, in case they have forgotten.

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Away from Smart Stylus functionality, Motorola’s case apparently includes a strip down the middle, allowing users to view notifications and answer/reject calls without opening it.

As for the phone itself, reports suggest the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra will pack Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, backed by 8 or 12GB of RAM. It will apparently feature a 6.8-inch 1080p OLED display and a triple camera array with 50MP wide and ultrawide lenses, with an additional 2MP sensor for depth.

There is no information on the release date yet, but the similarity to the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with S Pen means that Motorola will probably decide to launch it sooner rather than later.


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