A crucial hardware inclusion is the XPen. It serves as the major differentiating factor from the Note 4, coupled with the aforementioned premium build. The XPen has several tricks under its sleeve, which will be looked at in a moment. Worth mentioning is that the XPen is powered by the by the phone’s battery via three connecting pins on the handheld’s left side. The stylus is charged via the included case, which offers extra protection and functionality.
The XPen separates this phone from several other large phones in the market. Running the show is the XNote app that has two options: Memo and Note. For Notes, you are offered multiple functionalities to annotate your notes. There are up to 9 colour options and a colour wheel for the creative to choose from, a brush option and rubber. Ideally, the stylus has a lot of potential for artists and office people who would love taking notes. On the other hand, Memo is limited to a single colour (black). Also, when the XPen is removed from its slot, a Memo page pops up on the lock screen for you to write on. Once done, the memo is saved automatically.
If you are asking, you can do without the stylus and use your trusty finger, but it wouldn’t be as natural as a physical act of writing.
As I mentioned in the stylus is housed in the case, although it beats me why Infinix did not find room for it on an already big phone. However, it is forgivable thanks to manufacturing complexities for a phone that targets the midrange segment where price is key.
The leather case feels premium and has a small triangular window for music controls, flashlight shortcut, and notifications.