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Samsung might have secretly fixed the backwards S Pen issue

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Remember the Galaxy Note 5 S pen issue where putting the pen in backwards caused all kinds of problems? Samsung never mentioned a fix, but Note 5 units say otherwise.

One Galaxy Note 5 user examined the inside of his unit and believes Samsung quietly solved the problem. At the time when this issue was spotted, Samsung told customers to read the instruction booklet, which included a statement warning users to insert their S Pen correctly. Based on a new teardown test, it seems as if Samsung fixed the issue by using new circuit boards for a different removal mechanism.

Based on the image, a greyish lever has been added. Judging from the placement, it appears that the lever allows users to eject their S Pen when inserted incorrectly. Sources say that the piece of hardware could have been added as an extension to already produced units. This could have saved Samsung from having to manufacture all new handsets. Even though the addition supposedly works seamlessly, it’s noted that it could have been attached better. It’s said that this extension will safely remove the S Pen much more than that of the previous lever that had issues.

If you haven’t bought a Galaxy Note 5 just yet, there’s a good chance future Note 5’s will contain this new mechanism. Unfortunately, there’s really no way to tell unless you teardown your handset, which requires special tools. It’s great to see that Samsung worked to fix the issue even though its major cause was people making a mistake. Normally Samsung would tell us about implementing changes like this, that’s what caught us as shocking. Don’t let this change your behavior though, remain careful!

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Source: Phandroid


About the Author: Doug Demagistris

Doug was raised in New York and currently attends Muhlenberg College where he is majoring in Accounting. He has been a die-hard Google and Android enthusiast ever since he purchased the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant. Doug strongly prefers Android over competitors for its customization, flat Material Design and exceptional integration with Google Services. Currently, Doug switches between the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 5X, and travels with a Nexus 9. In addition, Doug wears an Android Wear smartwatch and has other gadgets such as a Nexus Player and Cardboard viewer. Aside from writing with Talk Android, Doug enjoys testing new applications, designing concepts and studying Android application development all while attempting to keep up with the rapid world of technology. He’s hopeful that his high productivity will make lives easier and more meaningful. Doug’s dream is to attend Google I/O.