Samsung Electronics is reportedly developing a stylus with a built-in camera, according to a new patent granted this week, but filed in early 2017.
The built-in camera will provide users a slew of benefits including increased flexibility to take photos. e.g. holding the stylus up higher for group selfies, and using the smartphone as a viewfinder.
Despite space constraints, the patent outlines a stylus camera with an “optical zooming function.”
The news comes as Samsung seeks to combat weak smartphone sales, with a lack of industry innovation credited for low replacement demand.
The company is set to launch its first foldable phone in February/March, with its new Galaxy S10 series unveiling later this month.