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Top 5 Android Phablet smartphones | September 2018

14 September 2018 16

In last 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 unveil phablets with the 5.5-inch display but there are still a number of smartphone buyers who are looking forward to grabbing something better and larger as compared to traditional phablets.

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 and as well as operate them with single handily. But as we all know, everyone has their own approach that’s why mostly large smartphone owners prefer phablets with sleek design and yet offer true gigantic displays

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 5.2-inches that’s why true phablets are at least 5.7-inches. Although we usually enlist smartphones with 5.5-inches as phablets today we are listing five best phablets available in the market above or at least 5.7-inches. Let’s have a look at it.

74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
74.9 x 150.8 x 8.1 mm
5.99 inches - 2160x1080 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.3 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
74.2 x 156.7 x 9.6 mm
6.42 inches - 2340x1080 px
85 x 177 x 7.65 mm
6.95 inches - 2220x1080 px
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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.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S:

The Chinese giant smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is back with the latest Mi Mix 2S. The device was announced on March 27th. The new Mi Mix 2S brings a number of improvements in almost all sections including camera, display, battery, and processor.

Without any doubt, Xiaomi Mi Mix was one of the most innovative smartphones announced a couple of years ago. This year Mi Mix 2S bringing a display with 2:1 aspect ratio. The bezels are not further trimmed from the predecessor. The display is of 5.99-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The original Mi Mix was pretty gigantic with 6.4-inches display.

In terms of look, the device is quite amazing. Let’s have a look what this device is bringing to the table in terms of hardware specs.

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S is featuring a 5.99-inch full HD+ display. The Qualcomm’s latest Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the handset with 6GB/8GB RAM. The 6GB variants internal storage is 64/128GB whereas the internal storage of 8GB RAM variant is 256GB. On the rear side, the dual camera modules are 12MP+12MP with dual LED whereas, on the front facing side, the camera module is 5MP. To keep running smartphone smooth, a 3,400mAH battery is on board to keep its light on.

LG V35 ThinQ

From the look of the things, the South Korean giant is yet not ready to leave their last year's flagship phablet V30. The company so far announced two iterative variants of V30. Back at MWC 2018, the first variant was announced as V30S ThinQ. Recently the company surprisingly announced V35 ThinQ as an iterative variant of V30S ThinQ. The latest V35 ThinQ is the LG's latest offering in the phablet market with a similar design to its predecessor, however, the major upgrades are in the hardware department.

Under the hood, the LG V35 ThinQ is featuring a 2:1 OLED display of 6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM. The base variant native storage is 128GB.

The dual rear cameras setup is also upgraded, both the rear sensors are 16MP modules with f/1.6 and f/1.9 aperture respectively. The device features all the AI goodies LG introduced with the G7 ThinQ including AI CAM, QLens and Bright Mode. As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0 with LG's UX custom UI layer over it. Its quite surprising LG yet not ready to release the flagship with the latest Android Oreo 8.1. A 3,300mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on.

Oppo Find X

Oppo is certainly one of those OEMs who brought a refreshing change in design this year. The company unveiled their latest flagship with zero bezels design and whopping screen-to-body ratio above 93%. Thanks to better screen-to-body ratio the device is featuring a fairly large display of 6.42-inches in a compact body. The Super AMOLED display panel screen resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Under the hood, the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device with 8GB RAM and storage up to 256GB. The dual rear cameras are 16MP+20MP with f/2.0 aperture respectively. Both the sensors are accompanied with dual LED flashlight. Up front the selfie camera is 25MP. The Find X lights are kept on by a 3,730mAH battery.

Unlike the latest smartphones, it is not water and dust resistant. The Find X dimensions are 156.7 x 74.2 x 9.6mm and weigh 186g. For connectivity, it has USB-C port but it lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The Find X will attract those buyers who want an ultra-premium flagship smartphone with exciting design. Apart from having a large display, the Find X key-selling aspect is its motorized camera setup.

Honor Note 10

The Honor Note 10 is the latest offering from Chinese giant Huawei's subsidiary. The device is not only special because of its larger display but also the company introduced cooling pipe "The nine" tech with this device. Unlike most of the latest smartphones, the Honor Note 10 is featuring a complete bezel design. The chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras on the top left corner. The fingerprint scanner is on the rear side in the center.

In terms of specs, the Honor Note 10 is featuring a 6.95-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. Under the hood, the Kirin 970 SoC is powering the device with 6/8GB RAM. The base variant has 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 128GB storage. The built-in native storage is further expandable via MicroSD. The dual rear cameras are 24MP+16MP. Up front, the selfie camera is a 13MP sensor.

The Honor Note 10 is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.2 layer over it. Last but not the least a 5,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep the Honor Note 10 lights on.

Conclusion:

All phablet smartphones included in this list are slightly larger from traditional 5.5-inch size. A 5.5-inch 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 Mi Mix 2S has a bezel-less concept design as one of its best-selling features alongside top-notch hardware. The device has everything that you can expect from a larger display phablet.

As a media-centric flagship, we have the LG's V35 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 23 September 2018 @ 18:13)

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