After having officially denied that the infamous ‘Pengate’ was the result of a design flaw on the part of the company, South Korean consumer electronics giant, Samsung Electronics, has quietly made a subtle, yet telling design change to the S-Pen slot in its premium phablet, the Galaxy Note 5. In an apparent effort to prevent the stylus from getting stuck when inserted the wrong way, the design on newer Note 5 circuit boards reportedly includes a new grey notch which resides within the stylus housing. The switch, which, in all probability, detects the presence of the stylus, is larger than the black one found in earlier Note 5 handsets, and apparently does its job better than its predecessor, although, such reports are only anecdotal at this point in time.
For the uninitiated, ‘Pengate’ is a term coined by netizens last year, once people started reporting that their S-Pens are getting stuck when inserted the wrong way in their Galaxy Note 5 handsets. While Samsung has publicly defended its position vigorously, it did start shipping new instruction manuals with the Galaxy Note 5 that warned people of the dangers of inserting their S-Pens the wrong way. The Galaxy Note 4 and earlier versions of the phablet were not reported to be suffering from the issue, however. While initial reports seem to indicate that the new design is indeed getting its job done, there’s no apparent way of telling which version you’re getting when buying the phone, seeing as Samsung hasn’t made the design change official, nor is there any indication on the packaging itself.
As for a quick refresher regarding the Galaxy Note 5, the smartphone is Samsung’s latest flagship phablet, and was launched earlier this year at the company’s ‘Unpacked’ event in New York City, along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+. The device features a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, and is powered by Samsung’s in-house Exynos 7420 SoC. The handset comes with 4 GB of RAM, making it the very first device from the South Korean company (along with the Galaxy S6 Edge+) to come with that much RAM. It is available in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB versions depending on the market. The primary camera on the handset comes with a 16-megapixel sensor, while the selfie-cam is a 5-megapixel unit. The smartphone carries a 3,000 mAh battery, and comes with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop pre-installed.