What happens to Samsung's S Pen and note taking mojo with a major product gap now that the Galaxy Note 7 has been discontinued?
The answer apparently is to sprinkle the S Pen into Samsung's broader product line and tablets and hope tech buyers remember the primary value proposition when the Galaxy Note 8 launches at some point.
Samsung has confirmed that it will launch the Galaxy Note 8, but there will be a delay, some product messaging issues and time to let the punch lines die down.
In the meantime, Samsung is working the S Pen into its value-focused products. On Monday, Samsung outlined the Galaxy Tab A 10.1 with S Pen. The tablet, which starts at $349.99, includes the new Samsung Notes app and the tools that were included on the Galaxy Note 7.
As CNET noted, Samsung tablet lineup is complex to say the least, but the Galaxy Tab with S Pen fills a void under the higher-priced Galaxy Tab S2 and TabPro S.
It's unclear whether Galaxy Note fans will buy a tablet for the S Pen and its features, but Samsung is at least looking for broader coverage for its Samsung Note software.
Rest assured the S Pen will be showing up in more Samsung devices in the future.