Design Flaw Breaks Note 5 Pen Detection

A design flaw has been uncovered in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5, which can break the pen detection mechanism. Inserting the S Pen stylus the wrong way round (i.e. with the nib pointing out of the phone) gets the pen stuck, and – even after removing it – means that the Note 5 will no longer register the pen being docked. It is apparently much easier to insert the pen this way than in previous Note phones, which provided some resistance. Android Police posted a video at

Analyst Comment

I don’t use a Note, so I’m not sure how major a problem this is. However, I am surprised to see such an obvious flaw on a high-end device make it past all of Samsung’s notoriously rigorous R&D. (TA)