Despite the increasingly popular of the spen, smartphone equipped with stylus is becoming increasingly rare ( and expensive), and sometimes the lesser known active stylus supported phone wasn’t even actively advertised. I would like to make a list of the increasingly smaller pool of penabled smartphone. I will just talk briefly about the pen types. Please add your input if you know anything else.
1, SAMSUNG - The biggest brand of penabled phone that still going strong. Wacom EMR
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: S-pen support, optional pen case
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: S-pen support, optional pen case
2, LG: The innovative company that produced a good amount of unique, penabled smartphone but unfortunately died.
LG Wing: AES pen support on bigger screen
LG Velvet and LG V60 thinq with dual screen case: AES pen support on both screens.
LG Stylus / Stylo series: budget phones with thin, small capacitive stylus in silo. This is a honorable mention as LG adjusted their touchscreen screen so it can detect thin tipped rubber stylus. I heard in newer versions, they updated the software so it can detect the difference between fingers and stylus input to emulate palm rejection (untested). They are the cheapest smartphone with stylus on a budget.
3, HUAWEI: they make many penabled devices, but the lack of Google Play is a dealbreaker
Wow, that’s good. Getting closer to true budget Note alternative here. I can fogive the lack of pressure ( many art apps have pressure emulation mode), but palm rejection had been the major complaint of the passive stylus phones. Did you try it on any pressure supported apps or just the included notepad app (which won’t show pressure if wasn’t programed for it).
It does look very much like an S Pen and the tip is quite thin.
But given a lot of the other specs are pretty low end (no snub given the price!), I very much doubt EMR would be in it these days (perhaps a few years ago).
That said, LG did end up with capacitive styluses that were really quite thing on their Stylo line, and palm rejection can be down quite well in software as Nvidia showed with DirectStylus, on SoCs that by now may be on par with these budget MediaTek ones.