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

TechnologyGSM

HSPA

LTE

2G bandsGSM
3G bandsHSDPA
4G bandsLTE band
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

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

GPRSYes
EDGEYes

Launch

AnnouncedAugust 2018
StatusAvailable since August 2018

Body

Dimensions161.9 mm x 76.4 mm x 8.8 mm

(6.37 in x 3.01 in x 0.35 in)

Weight201 g

(7.09 oz)

BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

Aluminum frame

OtherSingle 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

TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2

~83.4% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels

18.5:9 ratio

~516 ppi density

MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5

DR10 compliant
Always-on display

Platform

OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
ChipsetExynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
CPUOcta-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
GPUMali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China

Memory

Card SlotSupports up to 512 GB Micro SD Card

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

Internal512 GB Internal with 8 GB RAM

OR

128 GB internal with 6 GB RAM

Main Camera

Dual12 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

FeaturesLED flash

Auto-HDR, panorama

Video2160p at 60fps

1080p at 240fps

720p at 960fps

HDR

dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single8 MP

f/1.7, 25mm (wide)

1/3.6″, 1.22µm

AF

FeaturesDual video call

Auto-HDR

Video1440p at 30fps

Sound

Alert typesVibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

LoudspeakerStereo speakers
3.5mm jack32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms

WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

Dual-band

Wi-Fi Direct

hotspot

BluetoothBluetooth 5.0

A2DP

LE

aptX

GPSA-GPS

GLONASS

BDS

GALILEO

NFCYes
RadioNo
USBUSB 3.1

Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features

SensorsIris scanner

fingerprint (rear-mounted)

accelerometer

gyroscope

proximity

compass

barometer

heart rate

SpO2

MessagingSMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

BrowserHTML5

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

TechnologyGSM

CDMA

HSPA

EVDO

LTE

2G bandsGSM

CDMA 800 / 1900

3G bandsHSDPA

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO

4G bandsLTE Band
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

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

GPRSYes
EDGEYes

Launch

AnnouncedFebruary 2018
StatusAvailable / Released since March 2018

Body

Dimensions158.1 mm x 73.8 mm x 8.5 mm

(6.22 in x 2.91 in x 0.33 in)

Weight189 g (6.67 oz)
BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

Aluminum frame

SIMSingle 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

TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2

~84.2% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels

18.5:9 ratio

~529 ppi density

MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5

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

Platform

OSAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
ChipsetExynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China
CPUOcta-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
GPUMali-G72 MP18 – EMEA
Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China

Memory

Card SlotSupports up to 512 GB of micro SD card

(Occupies second sim slot)

Internal64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM – China
128 GB, 6 GB RAM – LATAM

Main Camera

Dual12 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

FeaturesLED flash

auto-HDR

panorama

Video2160p at 60fps

1080p at 240fps

720p at 960fps

HDR

dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single8 MP

f/1.7

25mm (wide)

1/3.6″

1.22µm

AF

FeaturesDual video call

Auto-HDR

Video1440p at 30fps

Sound

Alert typesVibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

Loudspeakerstereo speakers
3.5mm jackYes

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

Comms

WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

dual-band

Wi-Fi Direct

hotspot

BluetoothBluetooth 5.0

A2DP

LE

aptX

GPSA-GPS

GLONASS

BDS

GALILEO

NFCYes
RadioFM radio (USA & Canada only)
USBUSB 3.1

Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features

SensorsIris scanner

fingerprint (rear-mounted)

accelerometer

gyro

proximity

compass,

barometer

heart rate

SpO2

MessagingSMS(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

TechnologyGSM

HSPA

LTE

2G bandsGSM
3G bandsHSDPA
4G bandsLTE Band
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

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

GPRSYes
EDGEYes

Launch

AnnouncedAugust 2017
StatusAvailable / Released September 2017

Body

Dimensions162.5 mm x 74.8 mm x 8.6 mm

6.40 in x 2.94 in x 0.34 in

Weight195 g

(6.88 oz)

BuildFront/back glass (Gorilla Glass 5)

aluminum frame

SIMSingle 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

TypeSuper AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size6.3 inches, 101.1 cm2

~83.2% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution1440 x 2960 pixels

18.5:9 ratio

~521 ppi density

MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5

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

Platform

OSAndroid 7.1.1 (Nougat)

upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)

ChipsetExynos 8895 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 (10 nm) – USA & China
CPUOcta-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
GPUMali-G71 MP20 – EMEA
Adreno 540 – USA & China

Memory

Card SlotSupports 512 GB Micro SD card

(Occupies second sim slot)

Internal64/128/256 GB Internal with 6 GB RAM

Main Camera

Dual12 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

FeaturesLED flash

auto-HDR

panorama

Video2160p at 30fps

1080p at 60fps

720p at 240fps

HDR

dual-video rec.

Selfie Camera

Single8 MP

f/1.7

25mm (wide)

1/3.6″

1.22µm

AF

FeaturesDual video call

Auto-HDR

Video1440p at 30fps

Sound

Alert typesVibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jack32-bit/384kHz audio
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

Comms

WLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac

dual-band

Wi-Fi Direct

hotspot

BluetoothBluetooth 5.0

A2DP

LE

aptX

GPSA-GPS

GLONASS

BDS

GALILEO

NFCYes
RadioNo
USBUSB 3.1

Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Features

SensorsIris scanner

fingerprint (rear-mounted)

accelerometer

gyro

proximity

compass

barometer

heart rate

SpO2

MessagingSMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

BrowserHTML5

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

TechnologyGSM

CDMA

HSPA

LTE

2G bandsGSM

CDMA

3G bandsHSDPA
4G bandsLTE Band
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

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

GPRSYes
EDGEYes

Launch

AnnouncedDecember 2016
StatusAvailable / Released since March 2017

Body

Dimensions155.6 mm x 79.8 mm x 7.4 mm

6.13 in x 3.14 in x 0.29 in

Weight149 g (5.26 oz)
BuildPlastic body
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM)

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

Stylus

Display

TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size5.7 inches

89.6 cm2

~72.1% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution720 x 1280 pixels

16:9 ratio

~258 ppi density

MultitouchYes

Platform

OSAndroid 7.0 (Nougat)
ChipsetMediaTek MT6750 – M400DK
Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435 (28 nm) – LS777
CPUOcta-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) – M400DK
Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 – LS777
GPUMali-T860MP2 – M400DK
Adreno 505 – LS777

Memory

Card SlotSupports micro SD card up to 256 GB
Internal16 GB Internal Memory with

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

Main Camera

Single13 MP

f/2.2

1/3″

1.12µm

AF

FeaturesLED flash
Video1080p at 30fps

Selfie camera

Single5 MP,

Stylus 3

OR

8 MP, Stylo 3, M400DK

Sound

Alert typesVibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes

Comms

WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

WiFi Direct

DLNA

hotspot

BluetoothBluetooth 4.1

A2DP

LE

GPS A-GPS

GLONASS

NFCYes
RadioStereo FM radio with RDS

recording

USBmicro USB 2.0

USB On-The-Go

Features

SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted)

Accelerometer

Gyro

Proximity

compass

MessagingSMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

BrowserHTML5

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

TechnologyGSM

HSPA

LTE

2G bandsGSM
3G bandsHSDPA
4G bandsLTE Band
SpeedHSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps

LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps

GPRSClass 33
EDGEClass 33

Launch

AnnouncedMay 2016
StatusAvailable / released since July 2016

Body

Dimensions155 mm x 79.6 mm x 7.4 mm

(6.10 in x 3.13 in x 0.29 in)

Weight146 g

(5.15 oz)

SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM)

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

Stylus

Display

TypeIPS LCD capacitive touchscreen

16M colors

Size5.7 inches

89.6 cm2

~72.6% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution1080 x 1920 pixels
720 x 1280 pixels – K550 model16:9 ratio

~386 ppi density

MultitouchYes
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3

Platform

OSAndroid 6.0 (Marshmallow)

upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)

ChipsetQualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 (28 nm)
CPUOcta-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53

OR

Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53

GPUAdreno 505

Memory

Card SlotSupports 256 GB of SD card with a dedicated slot
Internal16/32 GB internal with 2 GB RAM – K530, MS550
16/32 GB internal with 3 GB RAM – K535D

Main Camera

Single13 MP or 16 MP

f/2.2

AF

FeaturesLED flash

panorama

Video1080p at 30fps

Selfie Camera

Single5 or 8 MP
FeaturesLED flash

Sound

Alert typesVibration

MP3

WAV ringtones

LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes

Comms

WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

WiFi Direct

hotspot

BluetoothBluetooth 4.1/4.2

A2DP

LE

GPSA-GPS

GLONASS

NFCYes
RadioFM radio
USBMicroUSB 2.0

Features

SensorsFingerprint (rear-mounted; region dependent)

Accelerometer

Proximity

compass

MessagingSMS(threaded view)

MMS

Email

Push Email

IM

BrowserHTML5

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

Battery

Removable Li-Ion 2900 or 3000 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 315 h (3G)
Talk timeUp 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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