Now that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 is compatible with the S Pen, it’s important to make sure you use the correct S Pen on that display. Or you could end up damaging that new foldable display. Keep in mind that these screens are still very fragile, and if you use the wrong S Pen, you could damage it. And be forced to replace the screen. Which is not cheap, given that this is a foldable display.
In fact, Samsung had to create new versions of the S Pen to work with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. These new S Pens, the S Pen Fold Edition and S Pen Pro, have a couple of neat features, like the fact that the tip will auto-retract when you put to much pressure on it. To keep from damaging the screen.
But that also raises the question, what S Pen models are compatible with the Galaxy Z Fold 3. Well, it basically comes down to two: S Pen Fold Edition or the S Pen Pro. The major difference between the two is that the S Pen Pro is larger and has Bluetooth, while the Fold Edition does not. And works as a standard stylus.
Obviously, if you want the Bluetooth features that we’ve seen on previous Galaxy Note smartphones, you’ll want to spend the extra cash on the S Pen Pro. But if you would rather have the S Pen for taking notes and drawing, then the S Pen Fold Edition will be a better option.
Do older S Pens work?
Older S Pens from the Galaxy Note 20 and other smartphones, may work. However, we would highly recommend not using those. That is because the tip on these newer S Pen models are more round. So they don’t dig into the screen on the Galaxy Z Fold 3.
Samsung says that you won’t be able to use other S Pens on the Galaxy Z Fold 3, though we haven’t tested it to see exactly how that works. If it just won’t recognize the S Pen or what. But Samsung only wants you to use the S Pen Fold Edition or the S Pen Pro. Both of which you can buy from Samsung’s website here.
The S Pen Fold Edition costs $49.99, while the S Pen Pro is $79.99 and comes with a case to store it.
The S Pen Pro does work with other devices, however
What’s unique about the S Pen Pro however, is that it does work with other devices. You can see what devices it works with here. And there is a switch built-in that you can use to switch devices with the S Pen Pro. Allowing you to move from your Galaxy Z Fold 3, to your Galaxy Tab S7 FE, or another tablet, smartphone or laptop. Which is pretty neat.
So even though you’re spending nearly $80 on a S Pen here, it is going to work with other Samsung devices. Making it a pretty good buy if you already have a few Samsung devices from its ecosystem.