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These are some of the biggest smartphones you can buy in 2017

Phablets are all the rage for those interested in greater battery life and more screen real estate to get things done, but while most phablets range in screen size from 5.5 inches to 6 inches, some companies seemingly want to push the boundaries of what we can still call a smartphone. If you think the 5.7-inch LG G6 and 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+ are huge phablets, then you might want to keep reading. We’ve rounded up some of the best phones larger than 6 inches that are worth considering in 2017. Simply put, these phones are so big you probably won’t be fitting any of them in your trouser pocket. Best phones larger than 6 inches 2017 Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Huawei Honor Note 8 Samsung Galaxy J Max Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra Huawei P8max Xiaomi Mi Max 2 Like its predecessor, the Mi Max 2 is targeted at users that consume a lot of multimedia on their phones. It’s 6.44-inch … Continue reading These are some of the biggest smartphones you can buy in 2017

Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

Another week goes by and we already have our first month of 2017 behind us, which means we are getting even closer to the annual MWC trade show and the release of the first exciting new flagships of the year. Below, you’ll find the biggest phablet stories of the week. The LG G6 is up first, making the biggest headlines of the week. We also got some new Galaxy S8 leaks to report, along with Android updates for a few T-Mobile phablets, and a new teaser by ZTE. LG G6 Leaks Everywhere We are just a few weeks away from the release of the LG G6 in Barcelona and photos alleging to be the upcoming 5.7-inch phablet have been popping up all over the place. New images obtained by Droid-Life show off what appears to be an early prototype of the LG G6, which reveal a metal exterior that LG is expected to use, with a minimal screen-to-bezel ratio around … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup: LG G6 photos, Galaxy S8 leaks, Android updates, and more

CES 2017 Phablet Roundup: Big smartphones steal the show in Vegas

The Consumer Electronics Show for 2017 has come and gone – and while normally what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the rules don’t apply when we are talking about the latest gadgets. Out of close to 15 smartphones by our count worth mentioning from the show, nine of them were phablets, which means big screens take the cake yet again. Here is our roundup of the biggest phones from CES 2017. CES 2017 Phablet Roundup LG Stylo 3 (5.7″) Asus Zenfone AR (5.7″) ASUS Zenfone 3 Zoom (5.5″) Huawei Mate 9 (5.9″) Honor 6X (5.5″) ZTE Blade V8 Pro (5.5″) ZTE Hawkeye (5.5″) Xiaomi Mi Mix White (6.4″) Alcatel A3 XL (6.0″) LG Stylo 3 Just as we expected, LG officially took the wraps off its third generation of the mid-range Stylo phablet at CES 2017. The Stylo 3 (called the Stylus 3 outside the US) offers some moderate upgrades over the previous version like an improved stylus and … Continue reading CES 2017 Phablet Roundup: Big smartphones steal the show in Vegas

Honor 8: 17 tips and tricks You might not know about

While it’s true that Honor is a Huawei sub-brand, the latest 8 Series flagships from the young Chinese manufacturer has already been extremely successful. With hardware specs comparable to the big names at a much lower price, we thought it would be a good idea to explore some tips and tricks that you might not be aware of and illustrate how much potential these devices have to unlock. Guide Contents Take scrolling screenshots Use screen recorder to teach friends and family how to use the Honor 8 Use search to find your settings way faster Quickly return a call from your lock screen Use your knuckle to take a full or partial screenshot Scan business cards to quickly add contacts Make calls with the screen off Prevent missed calls with pocket mode Use the Honor 8 as a spy camera Take awesome time-lapse video with ease Take pictures and record video at the same time Answer or reject calls using … Continue reading Honor 8: 17 tips and tricks You might not know about

6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

People who love phablets are also those who like to standout from the crowd. They know that big screen smartphones are awesome because they give you more real estate for videos and getting stuff done. With smartphone screen sizes getting bigger at a rapid rate, most flagships are now hovering anywhere from 5-5.5 inches. It’s funny to think that not too long ago; the top-tier handsets of the day only had a screen size of 4.3 inches. Remember how everyone reacted when the original Galaxy Note made its debut? If you’re looking to buy a big-screen phone in 2016, its time to broaden your spectrum, and by that we mean going with something that’s bigger than the conventional 5.5-inch handset, yet smaller than a 7-inch tablet. The following is our list of the top 6-inch phablets for 2016. Top Phablets 2016 – 6″ Display Size Sony Xperia XA Ultra Oppo R9 Plus ZTE ZMax Pro ZTE Grand X Max 2 … Continue reading 6 Sexy 6-inch Phablets for 2016

Huawei Mate 9 with Iris-recognition said to be a Galaxy Note 7 killer

While Samsung is busy cleaning up the mess left behind by the exploding Galaxy Note 7, news out of China suggests that Huawei’s latest Mate 9 could deal the Korean flagship another potentially fatal blow when it drops November 8th, sporting an iris scanner and 6GB RAM. We’ve seen a few leaks already that suggest the Huawei Mate 9 is going to be a powerful 6-inch phablet, and the news just keeps getting better. Latest indications from MyDrivers tells us that the upcoming Mate 9 will come in four versions, with the high end “Monarch” variant boasting 6GB RAM and 256GB internal storage . Built-in iris recognition coupled with fingerprint scanner was a big selling point for the Galaxy Note 7, making it one of the most secure smartphones on the market. If rumors hold true, it looks like we will see the same functionality with the Mate 9. Looking to raise the bar even further, the upcoming flagship from … Continue reading Huawei Mate 9 with Iris-recognition said to be a Galaxy Note 7 killer

Here is what we know about the 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 9

With Chinese smartphone Huawei maker prepping for its launch of the Mate 9, information is starting to leak about the design and specifications of the successor to the 6.0-inch Mate 8. Of course nothing is official but from what we can tell, the Mate 9 is shaping up to be a phablet worth mentioning in 2016. Huawei Mate 9 Design If he most recent image leaks online are accurate, we know the new Mate 9 will include a dual-camera setup. Press renders from Chinese social media site Baidu show a Mate 8 style phablet with a sleek looking camera module. The photos have since been deleted but copies were obtained by Digital Trends. Another interesting Mate 9 design leak comes from Chinese social media website Weibo that appears to show a prototype of the phone. The poster claims that the leaked photos are of the Mate 9 shell, and while the design could change, if accurate the shell gives us … Continue reading Here is what we know about the 5.9-inch Huawei Mate 9

Huawei’s 6.6-inch Honor Note 8 Will Come to U.S. – And It’s Good

The impressive features of Huawei’s Honor Note 8 behemoth could give the Galaxy Note 7 a run for its money. With a 6.6-inch quad-HD Super AMOLED panel and thin metal body, this is a true phablet built for those who use their mobile handset as their primary computing device. At nearly half the price of Sammy’s latest flagship, the Note 8 could be a viable alternative when it reaches the United States. Huawei’s sister company Honor showed off its Note 8 specs earlier this month, and they are huge. The new handset boasts a healthy 6.6-inch 2K resolution screen and 4500mAh battery. Both of which are significantly larger than the 5.7-inch display and nearly 3500mAh battery found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The Honor Note 8 comes integrated with an octa-core Kirin 955 processor and a Mali-T880 GPU. It also comes equipped with a 4GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of internal storage with the ability to add up to … Continue reading Huawei’s 6.6-inch Honor Note 8 Will Come to U.S. – And It’s Good

Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

After an exhausting week, this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain is finally coming to a close but not without confirming the latest trend in mobile computing – the rise of the phablet. Handset makers introduced a plethora of big-screen smartphones ranging from 5 inches to more than 7 inches, including some older model tablets updated with LTE connectivity. Below, we take a look at the most notable phablets from this year’s technology extravaganza. Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 5.1-inch upgrade to the year older Galaxy S4 and sports a full HD screen. Under the hood, Samsung made an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 chipset to the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately, Samsung did not go with the Snapdragon 805, or the rumored 2560×1440 screen resolution that many were expecting. In fact, the slightly larger screen with the same 1920×1080 resolution means pixel density is slightly lower than the Galaxy S4, which some claim … Continue reading Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1

Kicking off this year’s Mobile World Congress ahead of the pack, Huawei on Sunday introduced what is being described as “the world’s slimmest 7-inch LET Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet” – the MediaPad X1. Weighing in at a mere 239g, the X1 is the lightest and narrowest phablet in its class, beating the likes of the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7. The MediaPad X1 features a 103.9mm wide “full aluminum alloy unibody design,” with a profile of just 7.18mm. The IPS-LCD display packs a high-res 1920 x 1200 display, with a 80% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, the MediaPad X1 sports a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. The device ships with 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The whole setup is backed by a huge 5000 mAh battery, which reportedly delivers 21 days on standby, and “up to 5 days of … Continue reading Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1