If you’re tech savvy, and haven’t been living under a rock for the past 5 months, chances are you’ve heard the term ‘Pengate’. This was referring to the S-Pen on the Galaxy Note 5 being ridiculously easy to insert upside down back into the S-Pen slot. Once this happened, many users panicked and resorted to yanking the pen back out of the slot. What we found was that this can cause the trigger for air commands to become unusable, effectively dwindling the utility of the pen accessory itself.
Well, it seems like future owners of the Galaxy Note 5 (or possible warranty exchanges) could be receiving an updated revision of the Galaxy Note 5 that is immune to ‘Pengate’.
The image above, courtesy of an anonymous poster on Phandroid.com , shows the slight difference between the original Galaxy Note 5, and the most updated revision. As can be seen on the logic board to the left, there is now a bumper keeping a reversed S-pen from wrecking havoc on the sensor. The logic board on the right is the board that all owners of the Note 5 have had since launch.
It’s not clear if Samsung will allow current owners affected by pengate to upgrade to this new revision. At this time, there doesn’t seem to be a way to distinguish which version you’re purchasing, until the phone itself is disassembled.
We’ll be sure to provide you with updates if any new information comes to light.
Until then, if you want to make sure you S-pen won’t get stuck backwards in your Note 5, we’ve got a solution that involves slightly modifying the clicker of the pen. Check it out.