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.
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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.
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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:
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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:
LTE-A (5CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps
(6.37 in x 3.01 in x 0.35 in)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified)IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Stylus (Bluetooth integration)
~83.4% screen-to-body ratio
~516 ppi density
DR10 compliant Always-on display
(Available in dual SIM model only, uses SIM 2 slot)
128 GB internal with 6 GB RAM
1.4µm, Dual pixel PDAF, OIS 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″
1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
1080p at 240fps
720p at 960fps
f/1.7, 25mm (wide)
Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
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
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:
CDMA 800 / 1900
LTE-A (6CA) Cat18 1200/200 Mbps
(6.22 in x 2.91 in x 0.33 in)
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified) IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
~84.2% screen-to-body ratio
~529 ppi density
HDR10 compliant 3D Touch (home button only) Always-on display
(Occupies second sim slot)
f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide)
Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS 12 MP
f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto)
AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom
32-bit/384kHz audio Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
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:
LTE-A (5CA) Cat16 1024/150 Mbps
6.40 in x 2.94 in x 0.34 in
Samsung Pay (Visa, MasterCard certified) IP68 dust/waterproof (up to 1.5m for 30 mins) Stylus
~83.2% screen-to-body ratio
~521 ppi density
upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
f/1.7, 26mm (wide)
dual pixel PDAF, OIS 12 MP
1080p at 60fps
720p at 240fps
LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 300/50 Mbps
6.13 in x 3.14 in x 0.29 in
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
~72.1% screen-to-body ratio
~258 ppi density
3 GB RAM (M400DK) / 2 GB RAM (K10 Pro, LS777)
8 MP, Stylo 3, M400DK
DivX/MP4/H.264 player MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player Photo/video editor
LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps
(6.10 in x 3.13 in x 0.29 in)
~72.6% screen-to-body ratio
~386 ppi density
upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
MP4/H.264 player MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player Photo/video editor Document viewer
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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