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Best phablets of 2019: Super-size your display with these big phones

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The definition of a phablet has changed over the years, starting with 5-inch phones at first. But a 5-inch device is on the small size these days, with 6-inch phones all very common thanks to tall aspect ratios. Nowadays, we consider a phablet to have a 6.3-inch screen or larger, so with that in mind, this is our list of the best phablets.

Best phablets:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best phablets regularly as new devices launch.

1. Huawei P30 Pro

Best phablets - Huawei P30 Pro

The P30 Pro is the best Huawei phone at the moment. It sports a large 6.47-inch QHD+ screen with curved edges, similar to the ones found on the Galaxy S10. It’s powered by the latest Kirin 980 chipset, has an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a massive 4,200mAh battery that supports wireless charging.

The P30 Pro takes great pictures in low-light conditions.

What makes it special is its cameras. At the back, the phone features a high-resolution 40MP standard lens, a 20MP wide-angle lens, and an impressively engineered 5x optical periscope lens at 8MP. There’s also a ToF 3D camera on board. The camera setup takes great pictures, especially in low-light conditions. You can check out dedicated P30 Pro camera review at the link to see some samples.

Like the rest of Huawei phones, the P30 was not released in the U.S.. It’s available in Europe, where the entry-level model goes for 1,000 euros (~$1,115).

Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.47-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40, 20, 8MP, and ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

best phablets Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The display on the Galaxy S10 Plus measures 6.4-inches, is curved on the sides, and has a resolution of QHD+. It has a cutout in the upper-right corner, which houses the front-facing dual-camera setup. It’s better than a notch in our opinion, but we’re also seeing pop-ups and slider designs that arguably offer a more visually impressive design.

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The Galaxy S10 Plus is not only one of the best phablets out there, but it’s also one of the best phones you can get in general. It packs top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 chipset, up to 12GB of RAM, and a large 4,100mAh battery. The phone is also IP68 rated, has a headphone jack on board, and supports wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging.

Of course, all these specs and features translate to a high price tag. The Galaxy S10 Plus starts at $1,000, with the high-end version featuring 12GB of RAM and 1TB of storage setting you back $1,600.

If you want to go even larger, there’s also the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G with a huge 6.7-inch display, 5G support, and ToF cameras on the front and rear. 

Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi Mi 9 rear

What makes the Xiaomi Mi 9 one of the best phablets out there is a combination of high-end specs, a great design, and an affordable price tag. The phone’s Full HD+ screen comes in at 6.39-inches (just cracking our definition for a phablet) and has a small waterdrop notch on top.

You can fully charge the Mi 9’s battery in around 65 minutes.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset and sports three rear cameras (normal/wide/telephoto). It also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, wireless charging, and a 3,300mAh battery that can go from zero to 100 percent in around 65 minutes.

The global version of the phablet comes with 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB of storage, while users in China also get variants with 8 or 12GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage. Pricing starts at 450 euros, which translates to around $500.

Xiaomi Mi 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.39-inch AMOLED, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 20MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 -- one of the best phablets available

The Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch curved display with QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The phablet is powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region — and sports 6 or 8GB of RAM.

The entry-level model comes with 128GB of storage, while the beefed-up variant has 512GB of space. There’s also a microSD card slot on board, allowing you to increase the storage for an additional 512GB. The Note 9 has a dual rear camera setup (12MP dual aperture, 12MP telephoto) packs a massive 4,000mAh battery, and is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. It also comes with the S Pen, which now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that lets you control the handset’s camera with the button on the stylus.

The 128GB Galaxy Note 9 was available for $1,000 at launch, while the 512GB model retailed for a whopping $1,250. But you can get the device for a cheaper price now that the Galaxy S10 series is available. Expect it to drop even more when the Galaxy Note 10 is announced.

Galaxy Note 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 845 or Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

5. Huawei Mate 20 X

Huawei Mate 20 X Android games

The Huawei Mate 20 X is essentially a larger, somewhat cut-down version of the Mate 20 Pro. It shares plenty in common with the Pro model, including the Kirin 980 processor, the same 40MP/16MP/8MP triple rear camera, and that 24MP selfie shooter.

Otherwise, the Huawei Mate 20 X lacks 3D face unlock, offers a lower resolution OLED screen, and eschews an in-display fingerprint sensor in favor of a rear scanner. We also see several charging-related downgrades, moving to 22.5 watt charging (the Mate 20 Pro offers 40 watt charging) and lacking wireless charging and reverse wireless charging.

The Mate 20 X has the biggest screen on our list.

It’s not all bad though, because the Mate 20 X offers a massive 7.2-inch display with a waterdrop notch, and a 5,000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Mate 20 Pro delivers a 6.39-inch screen with a wide notch, and a 4,200mAh pack. You’re also looking at 6GB of RAM, 128GB of expandable storage (albeit via NM cards), and a $699 price tag. So if you want a powerful phone with a big battery, massive screen, and reasonable price tag, this might be for you.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro specs:

  • Display: 7.2-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 40, 20, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro Display held in hand

The OnePlus 7 series marks the first time that OnePlus launched a standard and Pro model, and the OnePlus 7 Pro has one of the best displays you’ll see all year.

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OnePlus’s Pro variant offers a 6.67-inch OLED screen that’s larger than the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 7 screen, but it also delivers a notch-free design thanks to a 16MP pop-up selfie camera. Toss in a QHD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate and you’ve got a very slick experience.

The OnePlus 7 Pro isn’t a one-trick pony either, offering a Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of fixed storage, a 4,000mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup (48MP main, 8MP 3x telephoto, 16MP ultra wide). Expect to pay $669 for the base model, which gives you 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

OnePlus 7 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48, 8, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

7. Google Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 XL hands on

Need a phablet with pure Android and fast updates? Then you can’t go wrong with the Google Pixel 3 XL, which sports a 6.3-inch display and a gigantic notch. It’s also one of the best — if not the best — phones for photography, despite only having a single camera at the back. It takes fantastic photos, even in low light, thanks to Google’s Night Sight technology.

What makes the Google Pixel 3 XL one of the best phablets is its fantastic camera and a great software experience.

The phone also offers high-end specs including a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM (a bit on the low side in 2019), and wireless charging. The Active Edge feature is also on board, which lets you launch Assistant by squeezing the edges of the phone.

The Pixel 3 XL doesn’t have a headphone jack, which isn’t surprising but still worth noting. The entry-level version with 64GB of storage goes for $900, while the 128GB variant can be yours for $1,000.

Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

8. Asus Zenfone 6

Asus Zenfone 6 camera side angle

The 2019 Asus flagship might be the biggest surprise of 2019, delivering a Snapdragon 855 processor, cool flip camera system (the 48MP main and 13MP ultra wide cameras serve as your selfie cameras too), and an attractive price tag.

The Zenfone 6 earns its phablet status by way of a 6.4-inch IPS LCD screen, offering a FHD+ screen resolution. This is a notch-free design too, owing to the flip camera housing. Many great phablets also offer a large battery, and the Zenfone 6 is no different, offering a 5,000mAh pack for your convenience.

Other notable specs here include 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 64GB or 256GB of expandable storage, a headphone jack, and a dedicated shortcuts button. The Asus Zenfone 6 starts at just $499, making it one of the cheaper flagship phablets of 2019.

Asus Zenfone 6 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch LCD, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 48, 13MP
  • Front cameras: Uses rear cameras
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

These are the best phablets you can currently buy in our opinion, although there are plenty of other great models to choose from. These include the Redmi K20 Pro, Sony Xperia 1, ZTE Axon 10 Pro, and LG V40 ThinQ. We’ll be updating this list with more top phablets when new devices hit the market.

Source of the article – Android Authority