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Top 5 Android Phablet smartphones available in 2018

18 December 2018 16

During this year, we have seen a number of new smartphones announced and nearly all smartphone manufacturers tried their best to lure customers, it could be sound, innovation, camera or hardware specs. Majority smartphone manufacturers announced phones with around 6-inches display but there are still a number of smartphone buyers who are looking forward to grabbing something better and larger as compared to traditional phones.

We already summed up the list of top 5 flagships available for purchase, so let’s see the best smartphones beyond that size. Though the bigger screen has its own issues, it could be related to fitting in your palm and most users love to use the smartphone with the single hand but in the case of bigger phablets, it’s not easy to hold phablets single handily. But as we all know, everyone has their own approach that’s why all OEMs release at least one phablet every year.

This year almost all OEMs took the stage to announce phablets in the second half of the year including Samsung, Google, Apple, Huawei, and LG.

The large phablets are not only necessary for those customers who have poor eyesight but instead, it’s important for those as well who are avid gamers or they use their smartphones for watching videos for a longer period. The true phablets are a mixture of smartphone and tablet as we all know that smartphones standard size are now above 6-inches that’s why true phablets are at least 6.0-inches. Although we usually enlist smartphones with 6.0-inches as phablets today we are listing five best phablets available in the market above or at least 6.0-inches. Let’s have a look at it.

76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
76.7 x 158 x 7.9 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
72.3 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm
6.39 inches - 3120x1440 px
74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
75.8 x 158.7 x 7.7 mm
6.4 inches - 3120x1440 px
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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The South Korean giant Samsung wraps off the cover from the new phablet flagship Galaxy Note 9 in a dedicated event on August 9. As expected the Galaxy Note 9 isn't bringing brand new design instead the company retained almost similar design to the Galaxy Note 8. The first visual change is horizontal dual rear cameras in the center with the fingerprint scanner below it. The new S-Pen gets Bluetooth support which allows the user to perform a number of tasks wirelessly like controlling music, video, swiping slides and much more.

As far as hardware specs are a concern, the Galaxy Note 9 sports a 6.4-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Under the hood, the Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 is powering the device with 6GB RAM and 128GB native storage. The top of the line variant comes with 8GB RAM and 512GB storage. Both the variants support memory expansion via MicroSD.

One of the biggest upgrades to the Galaxy Note 9 is 4,000mAh battery cell. The rear side has dual cameras, the primary sensor is a 12MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. The secondary telephoto sensor aperture is f/2.4. Both the sensors have OIS. The selfie snapper is 8MP with f/1.7 aperture. As OS the device is running on the Android Oreo 8.1.

Grab Galaxy Note 9 at $896

Specs Galaxy Note 9
Display 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810
RAM 6GB,8GB
Storage 128GB, 512GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
IP68 Yes
Software Android Oreo 8.1
8.9 Hardware
6.2 Price Quality

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Google took the stage on October 9th to announce third gen Pixel phones. Like last year Google keeps new goodies for the XL variant whereas the standard model has toned down design. The Pixel 3 XL is the company's first phone with a notch design, thanks to the notch the Pixel 3 XL has a significantly larger display than the predecessor.

The Pixel 3 retains the two-tone finish of its predecessor, however, instead of half metal and glass, it comes with full glass rear. The upper portion comprising camera setup comes with glossy finish whereas bottom part comprising the fingerprint scanner has a matte finish

In terms of specs, the Pixel 3XL is featuring a 6.3-inches OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device with 4GB RAM. The base variant has 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 128GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

The primary rear snapper remains 12MP with f/1.8 aperture. However, the company brought a few extra goodies with AI support. Up front, it has dual selfie snappers of 8MP. The Pixel 3 XL is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. A 3,174mAh battery is on board to keep its lights. It is an IP68 certified phone which means it can resist under 1.5 meters deep water without any damage.

Purchase Google Pixel 3 XL at $999

Specs Google Pixel 3 XL
Display 6.3-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Storage 64,128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 12.2MP
Front camera Dual 8MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No
IP68 Yes
Software Android Pie
Huawei Mate 20 Pro

This year Huawei unveiled Mate 20 lineup in a dedicated event on October 16th in Paris. Like always the company launched a standard model Mate 20 and a premium variant as Mate 20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro is certainly one of the most attractive phone announced this year. The best aspect is it not only takes lead in the looks department but also in the hardware and cameras performance as well.

The Mate 20 Pro is the first phone in the market which can wirelessly charge other phones. Huawei intentionally didn't reveal the Mate 20 DxoMark scores as none of the phones of 2018 beat the P20 Pro which was launched in the first quarter.

The Mate 20 Pro is featuring a 6.39-inches OLED display with Quad HD+ screen resolution. Under the hood the Kirin 980 SoC is powering the phone, it is the first chipset in the Android market built on the 7nm process. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. On the rear side, you will get triple rear cameras of 40MP+20MP+8MP. Up front the selfie snapper is 24MP. As OS it is pre-installed with the latest Android Pie based EMUI 9.

Grab Huawei Mate 20 Pro at £999.99

Specs Mate 20 Pro
Display 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980
RAM 6,8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB Expandable via NMcard
Rear cameras 40+20MP+8MP
Front camera 24MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No
IP-ratings IP68
Software Android Pie with EMUI 9
OnePlus 6T

The flagships killer manufacturer OnePlus recently announced their new flagship OnePlus 6T. Despite the fact, the 6T doesn't bring major overhauling upgrade still it brings enough goodies to attract buyers. The small notch is further reduced to waterdrop. On the rear side you will get dual cameras exactly similar like the OnePlus 6, however, the company brought few refinements under the hood. Although OnePlus phones were not phablets, however since the bezel-less design is in trend the OnePlus phones become more phablets than standard flagships.

The OnePlus 6T is packed with a gigantic display of 6.41-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Under the hood, the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device. The base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. Its native storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD.

The primary rear snapper is 16MP with f/1.7 aperture and OIS whereas the secondary module is 20MP with the same aperture but it doesn't have OIS. Up front, the selfie snapper is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Pie straight out of the box. A 3,700mAh battery is on board to keep its lights on. The 6T is the company's first phone with an in-glass fingerprint scanner.

Purchase OnePlus 6T at $549

Specs OnePlus 6T
Display 6.41-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB
Storage 128,256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16+20MP
Front camera 16MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No
Battery 3,700mAh with 20W charger
OS Android Pie with Oxygen OS
LG V40 ThinQ

The South Korean giant LG kicked off the October with the new announcement of new flagship V40 ThinQ. The latest flagship is special due to a number of aspects as it is the first flagship in the market with five cameras on board. The device has triple cameras on the rear side and dual selfie snappers. Apart from having Penta-cameras setup, the V40 ThinQ features the notch design and top of the line hardware.

The V40 ThinQ is featuring a 6.4-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels. Under the hood the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 128GB.

The V40 ThinQ has triple rear cameras, the primary snapper is 12MP with f/1.5 aperture whereas the secondary is an ultra-wide 16MP module with f/1.9 aperture. The third sensor is 12MP with f/1.9 aperture. The selfie snapper is 8MP whereas the secondary sensor is a wide-angle 5MP module. A 3,300mAh battery is on board to keep its lights on. For connectivity and charging the device has 3.5mm headphone jack and USB-C port. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1.

Grab LG V40 ThinQ at $770

Specs LG V40 ThinQ
Display 6.4-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 12+16+12MP
Front camera 8+5MP
Battery 3,300mAh
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1
IP68 Yes

Conclusion:

All phablet smartphones included in this list are slightly larger from traditional 6-inch size. A 6-inch display is quite normal these days, that’s why we enlist slightly larger phablets available in the market. All of the aforementioned devices have something enticing to lure buyers.

The Galaxy Note 9 key selling feature is its bezel-less design and superb dual camera modules. The OnePlus 6T is the first phone in the US market with an under-glass fingerprint scanner. The new stylish waterdrop notch certainly makes it an attractive flagship phone for everyone. For those who are looking for the best camera-centric flagship with top-tier hardware and stylish design, the Mate 20 Pro is an excellent option.

As a media-centric flagship, we have the LG's V40 ThinQ packed with the latest hardware, Superb AI cameras, and great media-centric capabilities. The Find X is the Chinese giant smartphone manufacturer latest offering in premium phablet lineup, it has the top-notch hardware, motorized camera setup, 3D facial recognition and display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Do share your views about the best phablet in the comments section below.

(last update 19 December 2018 @ 07:44)

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