The S Pen active stylus has been one of the main selling points for Samsung's Galaxy Note series since day one, but the company has also brought it to other devices in recent years. The Galaxy S21 Ultra was just announced with S Pen support (though a case is required for holding it), and Samsung says the stylus will come to more types of devices soon.
For some of you, an Android tablet might be all you need — maybe just with a few mode changes like a dock, a folio, maybe even a pen. Lenovo has catered to this very peculiar subset for a long time and it's doing so again for 2021 with its latest Tab P11.
Motorola's Moto G lineup has been creeping up in price and features for a while now, and last year, the company tried something different. Moto released two G phones in the United States (and some other regions), the G Power and G Stylus. The latter was equipped with a passive stylus, making it a competitor against the LG Stylo series, and now Motorola is working on a super-sized sequel.
We've heard plenty of rumors suggesting that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra could get S Pen support. Earlier this month, Samsung also teased this by sharing that it will be adding some of the "most well-loved features" of the Note experience to other devices in its lineup. Now, taking the guesswork out of that cryptic statement is the FCC filing of the phone, which confirms that it will indeed support the S Pen.
A stylus looks cool in your hand (to say nothing of being useful) while sketching out a detailed drawing, but it's a lot less cool when it's sticking out of a charging port to juice up. The Universal Stylus Initiative want to change that with a plan to enable wireless charging for USI styluses — using the NFC technology found on many modern smartphones.
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Not all phones with a stylus are created equal: Samsung's Galaxy Note series support active pens; the recently-launched Moto G Stylus does not. A part of that function is due to their price gap, but you wouldn't think that phones that don't come with complimentary styluses would also have digitized displays. Well, the LG V60 comes with not one, but two small surprises in that aspect.
Motorola's mid-range lineup is all over the place right now. The company still has its popular G and E-series phones, but more recently, it has released a few Android One devices in some regions. A new leak indicates Motorola might be trying something new: a phone with a pen.
Following the rumors of a Motorola-made, as-yet-unnamed stylus phone, new renders of the still-untitled device have now leaked, together with a glimpse at the physically similar Moto G8 and G8 Power. Detailed specs for the last two phones have also leaked, showing precisely what you'll get in Moto's upcoming mid-range lineup.
Your options for stylus input on Android are limited to clunky capacitive wands and the S Pen on a handful of Samsung devices. If you don't mind adding an external display and a bunch of cables, Wacom has another option. The company's new $400 Wacom One drawing tablet is its cheapest yet, and it's the first to have Android support.