The Samsung Galaxy Note series has been one of the main factors that contributed to the growth of the “phablet” market, but even though the Note influenced other smartphone manufacturers to create larger-screen devices, the aforementioned device / lineup continues to be the only one to offer decent integrated stylus support.
For whatever reason, not many smartphone makers seem to be thrilled by the idea of implementing a stylus in their large-screen phones. LG had a few attempts of its own with the Vu and the LG Gx Stylus, but these terminals weren’t really in the same price bracket as the successful Note – thus they weren’t actual direct competitors.
Interestingly enough, however, a recent report from Korea citing unnamed sources in the component industry claims that Huawei is now working on a stylus-enabled flagship able to compete with the Note 5.
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Huawei Working on a Stylus-Enable Note 5 Competitor
According to the Korean media, Huawei has been considering the idea of building a new flagship phone with integrated stylus support and even reached Wacom for a potential collaboration. However, since Wacom develops the S Pen in conjunction with Samsung, and because there might be some exclusivity rights involved, Huawei was apparently forced to look somewhere else for a stylus supplier.
The good news, according to the rumors, is that Huawei found one. No brands have been revealed by the source, but reportedly, the digitizer’s price and performance allows it to “compete with Wacom’s products”. Although no details about availability, specs, and release were revealed, the source added that Lenovo is showing interest in stylus solutions as well.
It’s interesting to note that this isn’t the first time Huawei is considering building a stylus-enabled smartphone. The 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate released back in 2013 has been originally designed with a stylus in tow, but for whatever reasons at that time, the pen was scrapped and as a result, the Mate, as well as the Mate 2, have adopted a stylus-less philosophy.
With that being said and assuming that the latest rumors are true, it will be interesting to see what Huawei will eventually come up with after a couple of years of considering building its own stylus and smartphone combo. Could the Chinese smartphone maker be the one to deliver a real rival to the Note 5 in the foreseeable future? One can only hope.
Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted.