Phones with Stylus

Best Mobiles Phones with Stylus For Pen Input

Smartphones can be categorized in hundreds of buckets, and we have discussed many of them here on this blog. Today, we will be looking at some of the best phones with stylus.

Also Read: Best Drawing Tablets with Stylus (Ink) Support

Unfortunately, there are not many options available, other than LG and Samsung. However, we tried our best to narrow down the list for the best by picking newest and quality devices.

Related: Phones with HDR Screens

Following is a list of best smartphones available with the stylus with all the relevant specifications and details, we hope it helps you out to pick the right product for yourself. If not, feel free to contact us for any query or doubt, we are always looking forward to helping you guys out. For now, here is the list:

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9:

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The new Galaxy Note comes with its digital S Pen stylus and Samsung’s now-signature curved glass screens. We still miss the Noris Digital pen that they demoed back in 2017 at MWC. Samsung has yet to disclose specifics like pricing or availability for the Noris digital, but given the reaction it had drawn from many people besides myself, we hope that it would surely would become a favorite accessory to pair with any one of Samsung’s newly expanded range of stylus-friendly tablets (Tab S4) or even its next Galaxy Note device.

However, the newer models lack some features which we always would have liked, especially when they dropped features after their Note 3 line. The Note range of phones is getting back S-Note features of various text commands including the bullet points.

We would ideally want all the Note devices from phones to transfer to all tablets with the S-Note app and should be able to share S-Notes among each other.

We did not like when the back, home, & menu was a part of the screen that will ideally move with screens rotation got dropped from first generation Notes to newer ones. However, the new Note is sleek, and its gorgeous OLED display is our instant favorite. Check out its specifications below:

Network

Technology GSM

HSPA

LTE

2G bands GSM
3G bands HSDPA
4G bands LTE band
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps

GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes

Launch

Announced August 2018
Status Available since August 2018

Body

Dimensions 161.9 mm x 76.4 mm x 8.8 mm

(6.37 in x 3.01 in x 0.35 in)

Weight 201 g

(7.09 oz)

Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

Aluminum frame

Other Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Stylus (Bluetooth integration)

Display

Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2

~83.4% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels

18.5:9 ratio

~516 ppi density

Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5

DR10 compliant
Always-on display

Platform

OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
CPU Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China

Memory

Card Slot Supports up to 512 GB Micro SD Card

(Available in dual SIM model only, uses SIM 2 slot)

Internal 512 GB Internal with 8 GB RAM

OR

128 GB internal with 6 GB RAM

Main Camera

Dual 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″

1.4µm, Dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″

1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

Features LED flash

Auto-HDR, panorama

Video 2160p at 60fps

1080p at 240fps

720p at 960fps

HDR

dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single 8 MP

f/1.7, 25mm (wide)

1/3.6″, 1.22µm

AF

Features Dual video call

Auto-HDR

Video 1440p at 30fps

Sound

Alert types Vibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker Stereo speakers
3.5mm jack 32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Dual-band

Wi-Fi Direct

hotspot

Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

A2DP

LE

aptX

GPS A-GPS

GLONASS

BDS

GALILEO

NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB 3.1

Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features

Sensors Iris scanner

fingerprint (rear-mounted)

accelerometer

gyroscope

proximity

compass

barometer

heart rate

SpO2

Messaging SMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

Browser HTML5

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
ANT+ support
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
Photo/video editor
Document editor

Battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery

2. Samsung Galaxy S9+:

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Before you decide to go with this option, let’s get one thing straight, this phone does not have Ink support and lacks the S-Pen features. On the flipside, Apps such as Onenote on Android does support “inking” using your fingers. You can use any capacitive stylus that can simulate a touch to work with it. Here are its specifications below:

Network

Technology GSM

CDMA

HSPA

EVDO

LTE

2G bands GSM

CDMA 800 / 1900

3G bands HSDPA

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G bands LTE Band
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps

GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes

Launch

Announced February 2018
Status Available / Released since March 2018

Body

Dimensions 158.1 mm x 73.8 mm x 8.5 mm

(6.22 in x 2.91 in x 0.33 in)

Weight 189 g (6.67 oz)
Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

Aluminum frame

SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

Display

Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size 6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2

~84.2% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels

18.5:9 ratio

~529 ppi density

Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5

HDR10 compliant
3D Touch (home button only)
Always-on display

Platform

OS Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
CPU Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China
GPU Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China

Memory

Card Slot Supports up to 512 GB of micro SD card

(Occupies second sim slot)

Internal 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM – China
128 GB, 6 GB RAM – LATAM

Main Camera

Dual 12 MP

f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide)

1/2.55″

1.4µm

Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP

f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto)

1/3.6″

1.0µm

AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

Features LED flash

auto-HDR

panorama

Video 2160p at 60fps

1080p at 240fps

720p at 960fps

HDR

dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single 8 MP

f/1.7

25mm (wide)

1/3.6″

1.22µm

AF

Features Dual video call

Auto-HDR

Video 1440p at 30fps

Sound

Alert types Vibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes

32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

dual-band

Wi-Fi Direct

hotspot

Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

A2DP

LE

aptX

GPS A-GPS

GLONASS

BDS

GALILEO

NFC Yes
Radio FM radio (USA & Canada only)
USB USB 3.1

Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features

Sensors Iris scanner

fingerprint (rear-mounted)

accelerometer

gyro

proximity

compass,

barometer

heart rate

SpO2

Messaging SMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

 

 

 

 

Browser

HTML5

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
ANT+ support
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
Photo/video editor
Document editor

Battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery (13.48 Wh)

3. Samsung Galaxy Note8:

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When the Note 8 was released, it had a lot of expectations. It is the successor to the Note 7 which had battery issues and in some scenarios, infamously exploded! The Note 8 addresses those issues and also added several new features like curved glass and S-Pen enhancements.

It was also no longer possible to insert the S-Pen upside down and damage the internals. Check out its specifications below:

Network

Technology GSM

HSPA

LTE

2G bands GSM
3G bands HSDPA
4G bands LTE Band
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

LTE-A (5CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps

GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes

Launch

Announced August 2017
Status Available / Released September 2017

Body

Dimensions 162.5 mm x 74.8 mm x 8.6 mm

6.40 in x 2.94 in x 0.34 in

Weight 195 g

(6.88 oz)

Build Front/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

aluminum frame

SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)
IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Stylus

Display

Type Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size 6.3 inches, 101.1 cm2

~83.2% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels

18.5:9 ratio

~521 ppi density

Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5

HDR10 compliant
3D Touch (home button only)
Always-on display

Platform

OS Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)

upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

Chipset Exynos 8895 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) – USA & China
CPU Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) – EMEA
Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo& 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) – USA & China
GPU Mali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
Adreno 540 – USA & China

Memory

Card Slot Supports 512 GB Micro SD card

(Occupies second sim slot)

Internal 64/128/256 GB Internal with 6 GB RAM

Main Camera

Dual 12 MP

f/1.7, 26mm (wide)

1/2.55″

1.4µm

dual pixel PDAF, OIS
12 MP

f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto)

1/3.6″

1.0µm

AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom

Features LED flash

auto-HDR

panorama

Video 2160p at 30fps

1080p at 60fps

720p at 240fps

HDR

dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single 8 MP

f/1.7

25mm (wide)

1/3.6″

1.22µm

AF

Features Dual video call

Auto-HDR

Video 1440p at 30fps

Sound

Alert types Vibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack 32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

dual-band

Wi-Fi Direct

hotspot

Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0

A2DP

LE

aptX

GPS A-GPS

GLONASS

BDS

GALILEO

NFC Yes
Radio No
USB USB 3.1

Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features

Sensors Iris scanner

fingerprint (rear-mounted)

accelerometer

gyro

proximity

compass

barometer

heart rate

SpO2

Messaging SMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

Browser HTML5

Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
ANT+ support
Bixby natural language commands and dictation
MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
Photo/video editor
Document editor

Battery

Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery

4. LG Stylus 3:

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Network

Technology GSM

CDMA

HSPA

LTE

2G bands GSM

CDMA

3G bands HSDPA
4G bands LTE Band
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps

GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes

Launch

Announced December 2016
Status Available / Released since March 2017

Body

Dimensions 155.6 mm x 79.8 mm x 7.4 mm

6.13 in x 3.14 in x 0.29 in

Weight 149 g (5.26 oz)
Build Plastic body
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM)

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Stylus

Display

Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size 5.7 inches

89.6 cm2

~72.1% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels

16:9 ratio

~258 ppi density

Multitouch Yes

Platform

OS Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset MediaTek MT6750 – M400DK
Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 (28 nm) – LS777
CPU Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) – M400DK
Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 – LS777
GPU Mali-T860MP2 – M400DK
Adreno 505 – LS777

Memory

Card Slot Supports micro SD card up to 256 GB
Internal 16 GB Internal Memory with

3 GB RAM (M400DK) / 2 GB RAM (K10 Pro, LS777)

Main Camera

Single 13 MP

f/2.2

1/3″

1.12µm

AF

Features LED flash
Video 1080p at 30fps

Selfie camera

Single 5 MP,

Stylus 3

OR

8 MP, Stylo 3, M400DK

Sound

Alert types Vibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes

Comms

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

WiFi Direct

DLNA

hotspot

Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1

A2DP

LE

GPS  A-GPS

GLONASS

NFC Yes
Radio Stereo FM radio with RDS

recording

USB micro USB 2.0

USB On-The-Go

Features

Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted)

Accelerometer

Gyro

Proximity

compass

Messaging SMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

Browser HTML5

DivX/MP4/H.264 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Photo/video editor

Document viewer

Battery

Removable Li-Ion 3200 mAh battery

5. LG Stylus 2 Plus:

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Network

Technology GSM

HSPA

LTE

2G bands GSM
3G bands HSDPA
4G bands LTE Band
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

GPRS Class 33
EDGE Class 33

Launch

Announced May 2016
Status Available / released since July 2016

Body

Dimensions 155 mm x 79.6 mm x 7.4 mm

(6.10 in x 3.13 in x 0.29 in)

Weight 146 g

(5.15 oz)

SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM)

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Stylus

Display

Type IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size 5.7 inches

89.6 cm2

~72.6% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels – K550 model16:9 ratio

~386 ppi density

Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Platform

OS Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)

Chipset Qualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 (28 nm)
CPU Octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

OR

Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53

GPU Adreno 505

Memory

Card Slot Supports 256 GB of SD card with a dedicated slot
Internal 16/32 GB internal with 2 GB RAM – K530, MS550
16/32 GB internal with 3 GB RAM – K535D

Main Camera

Single 13 MP or 16 MP

f/2.2

AF

Features LED flash

panorama

Video 1080p at 30fps

Selfie Camera

Single 5 or 8 MP
Features LED flash

Sound

Alert types Vibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes

Comms

WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

WiFi Direct

hotspot

Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1/4.2

A2DP

LE

GPS A-GPS

GLONASS

NFC Yes
Radio FM radio
USB MicroUSB 2.0

Features

Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted; region dependent)

Accelerometer

Proximity

compass

Messaging SMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

Browser HTML5

MP4/H.264 player
MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
Photo/video editor
Document viewer

Battery

Removable Li-Ion 2900 or 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 315 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 7 h 30 min (3G)

Conclusion:

That’s it for our list of best smartphones with a stylus. Most of these smartphones are pretty expensive, and there are only fewer options available. However, we hope this post gives you an idea about available options and price brackets in the market for smartphones with a stylus.

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