Design flaw in Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 breaks S Pen detection when inserted backwards

Inserting the stylus pen backwards will break S Pen detection

A design flaw present in Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 could prove to be an annoying, and yet easy enough way to break the stylus detection sensor present in the unit, if the new S Pen is inserted backwards by mistake.

As Android Police discovered in their testing, the new Galaxy Note 5's stylus offers no resistance at all when inserted backwards. The pen even locks into place and proves difficult to then remove, upon eventually getting it out, you will most likely discover that the pen detection sensor has fallen casualty to the accidental 'wrong way up' insertion.

You can see the steps taken in the above video, the reviewer also shows how this could not happen with the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, you would have to force the pen in to "accidentally" insert it the wrong way, clearly indicating a bit of a fail on the part of Samsung's design process for the new Note.

Although this doesn't break the unit beyond usage, it's definitely something you wouldn't expect on a premium device. Samsung will no doubt have to look into a way to ensure the S Pen can't be easily inserted backwards; the company has yet to comment on this design flaw but may be forced to replace the S Pen with a version that can't be inserted the wrong way up.

Europeans however, will be spared this design flaw, as Samsung has announced that it has no plans to offer the device for sale there. The device, which was launched this month features an octa-core Exynos 7420 processor, with 4 cores clocked at 2.1GHz and the other four at 1.5GHz in a typical big.LITTLE formation, 4 GB of RAM, with a 5.66-inch display at a resolution of 2560x1440p.

Up front there's a 16MP main shooter and a 5MP module for the front-facing camera. It also ships with the latest Android 5.1.1, with internal storage of 32 or 64 GB, but with no SD card support.

Source: Android Police via SamMobile

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