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
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 IPS Full HD display is paired with stereo speakers that activate as soon as you switch to landscape mode , making this phablet ideal for watching videos and movies on the go.
The Mi Max 2 also includes some really cool features like one-handed mode that shrinks the screen down to a more manageable size, and split screen functionality that makes multi-tasking a breeze. You also get premium features like an all-metal unibody design, and rear mounted fingerprint sensor.
Powered by a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 SoC, the Mi Max 2 packs a 5300mAh battery which Xiaomi clams can last two days, touting over 18 hours of video playback, 21 hours of GPS navigation, and 57 hours of talk time. When the battery does get low, Quick Charge 3.0 allows you to juice up the Mi Max 2 to 68% in just an hour.
You can capture all of your life’s memories with a 12MP Sony IMX386 camera around back and a 5MP front shooter up front. In addition to 64GB and 128GB storage options, the Mi Max 2 features a microSD slot and an IR blaster – something that’s becoming scarcer in 2017.
Huawei Honor Note 8
Honor might be a Huawei sub-brand, but it’s been churning out some nice devices lately. Introduced late last year, the Honor Note 8 is an upper-mid-range behemoth meant to take on the likes of Xiaomi’s Mi Max.
The focal point here is undoubtedly its 6.6-inch, 2,560 x 1,440 Super AMOLED screen — it’s both larger and sharper than its Xiaomi rival, and clearly built for those who use their smartphone as their sole computing device. Under the hood of this huge phablet is a lot of firepower with the Kirin 955 chipset, featuring a fast Octa-core processor and 4GB RAM.
Unlike the standard Honor 8 model, the Note variant does not come with an exotic dual-camera setup. Instead, the Honor Note 8 combines a 13MP image sensor with a fast f/2.0 aperture lens, featuring optical image stabilization and a dual-LED flash. Video quality is capped at 1080p Full HD resolution and an 8MP front camera is available for selfie-shooting and video calls.
The Note 8 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but you’ll find it heavily layered with EMUI 4.1, Xiaomi’s UI overlay that resembles the likes of iOS. If you’re willing to give up one of the SIM card slots, you can expand the Mi Mix 2’s standard 32 GB of storage via microSD card, up to 128 GB.
Samsung Galaxy J Max
The Galaxy J Max is essentially a 7-inch tablet with an earpiece, which is being marketed as a smartphone. Like many of Samsung’s other Galaxy J phones, the Galaxy J Max is an affordable product with features that aren’t suited for apps that require intense processing or graphics.
Even larger than the Galaxy Mega of years past, the J Max features a 7-inch display with a relatively low screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. While technically an HD screen, its sheer size makes for a low pixel density of only 216 ppi.
The J Max is fitted with a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, LTE connectivity, dual SIM support, an 8 MP rear camera. You get also get 1.5 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of expandable storage space.
Powered by a 4000 mAh battery, the J Max runs the much older Android 5.1 Lollipop, so you shouldn’t expect very much screen time or innovative software features. Bottom line, if you are looking for the biggest smartphone you can buy on the cheap; the Galaxy J Max can be seen as a more viable upgrade over the 7-inch Galaxy W from 2014.
Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra
If you like the Xiaomi Mi Max, but wish it was a little bigger, feast your eyes on the gargantuan 6.8-inch 1080p display of ASUS Zenfone 3 Ultra. One of the most notable features here is a Super AMOLED display that will deliver vibrant colors with sharp textures, along with a ton of visibility when you’re outside.
Unlike the Galaxy J Max, the screen size is not going to be the only selling point of ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra. Since large smartphones come with the advantage of being fitted with bigger batteries, this phablet boasts a hearty 4,600mAh cell.
Though it is smaller than the 4,850mAh battery present in Xiaomi Mi Max, ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra’s battery has one feature that most phones don’t – the ability to function as a powerbank. While most power banks with a lower battery capacity only deliver a 1A current output, the Zenfone 3 ultra is able to provide juice to mobile devices with a 1.5A current output.
Aside from reverse charging, another major advantage the Zenfone 3 has is an impressive 23 MP f/2.0 camera around back that features Full HD video recording capabilities. The shooter up front features a somewhat standard 8 MP sensor with f/2.0 lens.
Staying true to the ASUS name, this phone features some decent hardware specs, including a Snapdragon 652 chipset. You have the option to customize your Zenfone 3 Ultra with 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM, along with 32/64/128 GB optional system storage.
Featuring an incredibly large 6.8-inch Full HD IPS-Neo JDI display, the Huawei P8 Max shares the same design philosophy found on the smaller P8, and brings a supremely thin metal unibody construction that measures just 6.8mm thick.
Aside from the spacious screen, the biggest advantage found on the P8 Max is a whopping 4,360mAh battery that promises about 2.2 days of typical battery life, or about 15 hours of non-stop web surfing or video playback.
Around back, you’re getting the same 13-megapixel stabilized rear camera found on the P8, featuring a “professional-grade” imaging processor, two-tone flash and modes for both long-exposure shots and multi-phone photography.
Unlike its average-sized counterpart, you only get a 5-megapixel camera on the front of the P8 Max instead of 8 MP, but you’ll still get the same 2GHz octa-core Kirin 930 processor and 3GB of RAM as in the higher-spec P8.