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.