Like its predecessor, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 will likely support the S Pen. Most fans thought that it will be the first foldable with an inbuilt slot for S Pen like the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S23 Ultra. Your fantasies might not come true if you were hoping to see this on the Galaxy Z Fold 5 later this year.
Samsung "has decided not to embed an S-pen in its new foldable smartphone, which is scheduled to be released in the second half of the year." according to a recent ETNews article. According to the article, Samsung did consider whether it could implement the S-Pen but finally these plans have now been scrapped because Samsung can’t quite create enough space inside the device. One of two things happens when you give a phone a stylus slot. To make room, the phone's overall size must either grow, or the internal parts must get smaller to create place for the stylus. All solutions are undesirable in the Galaxy Z Fold 5 situation. "The built-in itself is possible, but when you put a pen, the foldable smartphone thickens," the report says via machine translation. "It's a conflict with a foldable phone that needs to make the thickness slim when folded." according to the report. You might like this:
The only practical approach to add extra internal space without complicating the phone's design would be to reduce the battery's capacity. According to a source with knowledge of the matter, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 features a novel hinge mechanism that has altered the internal space structure of the smartphone and made it difficult to incorporate a S Pen slot. The only option would be to increase the device's size, especially its thickness, which samsung does not wish to do at this time. But the most simple solution without much of compromise could be small and thin S-Pen, but doing so lessens the "pen on paper" feeling that Samsung wants its stylus to have and on top of that the foldable special S-Pen has a mechanism inside that makes it even thicker than the Galaxy Note S-Pen. So this solution is also useless as of now. If only the foldable screens will be strong enough to withstand the pressure of an normal S-Pen or samsung will somehow make the mechanism thinner to fit inside, then we can hope for an S-Pen Slot inside Galaxy Foldable. According to another claim, adding a space for the S Pen increases the cost of producing the product, forcing Samsung to either lower its profit margins or raise the price for consumers.
This doesn't imply that we won't ever get a Galaxy Z Fold smartphone with a S Pen slot. We at least know that Samsung can definitely make this happen; all the necessary stuffs must come together.