9 Best Big-Screen Phones That Prove Bigger Is Better When It Comes to Tech

Big-screen phones are great for watching video and gaming, as well as conquering email and documents on the go. Here are our favorite devices for every lifestyle and budget.

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The term "phablet" was coined in 2011, right around the time when Samsung unveiled the first-generation Galaxy Note. With a 5.3-inch display, the device looked gigantic compared to the available smartphones at the time. The Apple iPhone 4s, for example, had a 3.5-inch display, while top-shelf Android phones had screens between 4 and 4.5 inches in size.

Today, due to disappearing bezels and consumer demand for more screen real estate, a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display is a standard affair. As a result, we have included phones in this roundup with displays larger than 5.5 inches in diagonal. Check out our favorite big-screen phones perfect for entertainment and doing work on the go.

1 Samsung Galaxy S9+ Android Smartphone​
Samsung
$680.00

Key Specs

• 6.2-inch QHD+Infinity Super AMOLED display 
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
• 6 GB of RAM; 64 GB of expandable storage (via microSD card)
• Dual 12 MP camera with adjustable aperture (S9+)
• Stereo speakers; standard audio jack
• IP68 rating for water resistance; wireless charging

Bottom Line: The Galaxy S9+ is the most feature-packed big phone available today.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ is the most feature-packed big phone available today. It has the same amazing design and craftsmanship of its predecessor, yet it brings a number of welcome improvements, which include a groundbreaking camera with adjustable aperture, stereo speakers, and improved location of the fingerprint sensor.

The 6.2-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display is exceptional — you'll enjoy the sight of it every time you power it up. The stereo speakers complement the screen perfectly, making it great for watching videos and gaming.

The 12 MP main camera with adjustable aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4) is a real game-changer. The secondary camera has a telephoto lens.

As expected, the phone delivers exceptional performance and great battery life. There are three colors to pick from — black, blue, and purple.

More: Our Review of Samsung Galaxy S9+

2 Apple iPhone X
Apple

$999

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Key Specs

• 5.8-inch True Tone OLED Retina display (2,436 by 1,125 pixels)
• A11 Bionic chip
• 64/256 GB of non-expandable storage
• Dual 12 MP camera with optical image stabilization
• Stereo speakers
• IP67 rating for water resistance; wireless charging

Bottom Line: Buy this if you're an iPhone user looking for a big screen.

With roughly the same footprint as an iPhone 8, the Apple iPhone X is not a big phone by any means. However, its 5.8-inch display put it firmly in big-screen phone territory.

The True Tone OLED display itself is truly in a league of its own. Crisp, vibrant, superbly calibrated, and HDR compatible, it's handily the best of its kind. It'll make every interaction you have with the phone a special occasion.

As expected, the iPhone X packs a powerful chipset, a duo of excellent cameras, and the best stereo speakers in its class. The Face ID feature is also secure and convenient.

The App Store and iTunes are packed with content to help you enjoy the hardware to the fullest. Apple is also second to none when it comes to updating its devices.

More: An In-Depth Review of the iPhone X

3 Google Pixel 2 XL Android Smartphone
Google
$830.00

Key Specs

• 6-inch QHD+ pOLED display (2,880 by 1,440 pixels)
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
• 4 GB of RAM; 64/128 GB of non-expandable storage 
• 12 MP camera with optical image stabilization
• Fingerprint sensor
• Built-in stereo speakers
• IP67 rating for water resistance

Bottom Line: The Pixel 2 XL will deliver the most cutting-edge Android user experience.

The Pixel 2 XL features a sharp 6-inch display, a powerful Qualcomm chipset, stereo speakers, and one of the best cameras in the business, according to the highly regarded DxOMark Mobile photography rankings.

The phone has a sleek metal body with an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance, as well as a pressure-sensitive frame, which allows you to summon the Google Assistant by squeeze.

However, the most important thing about the Google-made devices is that they're always going to get Android platform updates and innovations first. Unlike the competition, Google will also support its creations with updates for 3 years.

More: Our Take on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

4 Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra Android Smartphone
Sony
$387.82

Key Specs

• 6-inch Full HD LCD display (1,920 by 1,080 pixels)
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 chipset
• 4 GB of RAM; 32 GB of expandable storage (via microSD card)
• 23 MP camera with 4K video capture
• 16 MP selfie camera with optical image stabilization
• 3,580 mAh battery

Bottom Line: A contender for the best big-screen phone in its price range. 

The Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra is a contender for the best big-screen phone in its price range, featuring a 6-inch display with no side bezels. Sharp and pleasantly vibrant, the display is great for watching videos and gaming on the go. 

Sony has equipped the Xperia XA2 Ultra with a duo of impressive cameras. The 23 MP main camera is one of the best in its class, and it has a dedicated hardware shutter button. The 16 MP selfie snapper is even more impressive, as it features optical image stabilization.

The device's Snapdragon 630 is plenty powerful for any task you can think of. The device's large battery can easily make it through a full day of use. 

The phone is available in a quartet of cool colors — black, silver, gold, and blue. 

5 Honor 7x Android Smartphone
Honor
$199.99

Key Specs

• Kirin 659 chipset
• 3 GB of RAM; 32 GB of expandable storage (via microSD card)
• 6-inch Full HD+ IPS display (2,160 by 1,080 pixels)
• 16 MP main camera, 2 MP secondary camera
• Fingerprint sensor
• Standard audio jack
• 3,340 mAh battery

Bottom Line: This model offers specs worthy of a higher price tag. 

The affordably priced Honor 7x Android smartphone by Huawei can deliver a user experience worthy of a higher price. The handset has an appealing blend of an all-metal body, a large screen, a speedy processor and fingerprint sensor, and a dual camera.

The 6-inch display of the phone is particularly impressive for its price point. It's handily one of the best options for gaming and watching video on the go in its price range.

Thanks to Huawei's midrange Kirin 659 chipset, the Honor 7x can power through tasks with ease; high-quality video games also run well on the smartphone. The 3,34o mAh battery of the device easily makes it through a full day of use.

The dual-camera setup of the Honor 7x does a good job most of the time, though you need to manage your expectations in line with the device's price tag. 

6 Essential Phone PH-1 Android Smartphone
Essential
$389.99

Key Specs

• 5.7-inch QHD LCD display (2,560 by 1,312 pixels)
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
• 4 GB of RAM; 128 GB of non-expandable storage
• Dual 13 MP camera (RGB and monochrome sensor)
• Built-in fingerprint sensor
• Stock Android user interface
• Fast wired charging via USB-C

Bottom Line: One of the best smartphone bargains available today. 

Crafted from ceramic and titanium, the Essential Phone has a head-turning design and craftsmanship worthy of a much higher price range. It's handily the most luxurious Android smartphone on this list. 

The device's LCD display looks quite impressive, too. Because it's practically bezel-free, it makes the PH-1 handle like a much smaller phone. 

The Essential Phone packs a fast Snapdragon 835 chipset, so it's plenty powerful for even the most demanding users. It also comes with stock Android, with faster updates than most of its competitors. 

7 Samsung Galaxy Note8 Android Phablet
Samsung
$699.95

Key Specs

• 6.3-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display (2,960 by 1,440 pixels)
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
• 6 GB of RAM; 64 GB of expandable storage (via microSD card)
• Dual 12 MP camera with optical image stabilization
• Built-in fingerprint sensor and iris scanner
• Built-in standard audio jack
• IP68 rating for water resistance; wireless
• S Pen stylus

Bottom Line: The S Pen and the large screen make the Note8 the best option for productive and creative personalities.

The Galaxy Note8 is the best phablet for multitasking and creativity. It features top-shelf hardware and industry-leading productivity features, headlined by a large display and an ultra sensitive S Pen stylus.

The 6.3-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display of the Note8 is the gold standard for smartphones today. It features infinite contrast, captivating colors, and support for HDR content. The screen is also a great canvas for the S Pen.

Of course, the waterproof device also comes with a long list of cutting-edge hardware specs, which result in an excellent user experience. Its camera setup is one of the best in the business, while the built-in standard audio jack is a welcome sight in a time when other manufacturers have decided to skip the feature.

Compared to the Galaxy S9+ we already mentioned, the Note8 has a less powerful chipset, slightly inferior camera, smaller battery, and no stereo speakers. However, its bigger display and S Pen stylus should make it superior in terms of productivity.

More: Our Review of Samsung Galaxy Note8

8 LG V30 Android Smartphone
LG
$599.00

Key Specs

• 6-inch QHD+ pOLED display (2,880 by 1,440 pixels)
• Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
• 4 GB of RAM; 64 GB of expandable storage (via microSD card)
• Dual camera with a 16 MP standard sensor and a 13 MP wide-angle sensor
• Standard audio jack with a built-in high-quality headphone DAC/AMP
• IP68 rating for water resistance

Bottom Line: The LG V30 is a great choice for audiophiles. 

The LG V30 has a sleek waterproof body, a top-notch display, a speedy Qualcomm chipset, and a duo of excellent cameras. LG backs its phone with a sweet 2-year warranty.

The 6-inch OLED display of the device has infinite contrast and HDR10 support. It's handily one of the best in its class, though it's a step behind Samsung's Super AMOLED panels.

The LG V30 also offers a better audio experience than any competitor, courtesy of built-in premium audio components, which allow the smartphone to power high-quality audiophile headphones on the go.

More: Our Review of the LG V30

9 Apple iPhone 8 Plus​
Apple

$849

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Key Specs

• 5.5-inch Full HD True Tone LCD Retina display (1,920 by 1,080 pixels)
• A11 Bionic chip
• 64/256 GB of non-expandable storage
• Dual 12 MP camera; optical image stabilization (on main sensor)
• Stereo speakers
• IP67 rating for water resistance; wireless charging

Bottom Line: Buy this if you don't want an iPhone X.

If you don't want to splurge on an iPhone X, consider the iPhone 8 Plus instead. It's just as powerful as its pricier sibling, but it'll trade the OLED display for a slightly less wow-inducing LCD unit.

When it comes to LCD smartphone displays, the 5.5-inch True Tone panel of the iPhone 8 Plus is the best of its kind by a crushing margin. It has impeccable color accuracy, excellent contrast, and great viewing angles.

The iPhone 8 Plus doesn't have Face ID, but its fingerprint sensor is no less convenient. Unlike the iPhone X, the device is available in an amazing-looking red color.

More: Our Review of the iPhone 8 Plus