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7 Best Phablets You Can Buy in 2017


What’s the best phablet on the market in 2017? There are a number of excellent big phones to choose from, all with different key strengths. We've rounded up the best phablets available right now.

What's the best phablet?

Phones are constantly increasing in size, so phablets aren't quite as distinctive as they used to be. But there remain a few great choices out there for those who are after a larger device. Along with offering big screens, phablets normally offer more generous batteries and clever additional features such as multiple cameras on the rear and a greater degree of storage.

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If you want a true phablet then the Huawei Mate 9 is an excellent option, with a huge 6-inch screen and a decent-sized battery. If you’re happy to opt for something smaller, in the 5.5-5.7-inch range, then there are far superior options currently available.

For those looking for something more affordable, the new OnePlus 3T is also a strong contender – at £399, this buys you a handset with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 821 processor supported by 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. If you're willing to wait a little then the Samsung Galaxy S8%2B could also be a great option – it's set to hit the market in April and from what we've seen so far, it could well be a contender for phone of the year.

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There was of course the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, but that is no longer on sale. The Google Pixel XL has taken its crown as king of the Android phablets, however, so all is not lost.

Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Edge is a gorgeous device, with a superb display and best-in-class camera, while the Nexus 6P is still a great pick if you can find one.

If budget isn’t such an issue, and for those specifically wanting iOS on a larger display, the iPhone 7 Plus is a good bet. It might only have a 5.5-inch screen, but it feels much larger and it has a stunning display and fantastic camera.

Read on for more details on our top choices.

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Key features:
  • 5.5-inch, quad-HD display
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB or 128GB storage
  • Snapdragon 821 and 4GB RAM
  • Review Price: £999

Bye bye Nexus, hello Pixel. Google's first actual self made phone is great and it really should make other Android OEMs very worried. It has a strong camera, stunning 5.5-inch quad-HD display, snappy Snapdragon 821 CPU and 4GB RAM.

But it's the software that really wins here. Google's approach to Android is fantastic, and the Assistant is an AI that's already better that Apple's Siri. The whole OS feels fluid and quick, and it's much prettier than Samsung's TouchWiz.

We would like a flashier design though, and unlike the iPhone 7 it's not water-resistance. Oh, and it's very expensive.

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Key features:
  • 5.5-inch, Full HD display
  • A10 CPU and 3GB RAM
  • 12MP dual iSight camera
  • Review Price: £819
Apple's latest phablet looks just like the 6S Plus, but there are lots of new features to get excited about. On the back you'll find a two 12MP sensors that add depth to photos and let you zoom in without losing any quality. Apple has improved the performance too, upping the CPU to an A10 Fusion and taking the RAM to 3GB. Storage also starts at 32GB, up from 16GB, though we would really advise avoiding that and jumping straight to the 128GB option.

The 5.5-inch 1080p display is smaller than many on this list, even though the phone itself is bigger, but it's still one of the best. The DCI-P3 colour gamut gives you a wider array of hues and it's perfect for videos and games. The battery is also excellent, getting you through two-days most of the time.

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Honor 8 Pro 7
Key features:
  • 5.7-inch quad-HD display
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 / 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage and microSD slot
  • Dual 12-megapixel camera
  • Review Price: £474

With a big 5.7-inch quad-HD display, the Honor 8 Pro is firmly in phablet territory. Impressively, for a phone of this size, it still feels great in your hands thanks to a slim bezel and thin design. The quad-HD display is also a sight to behold.

Performance is also great from the Kirin 960 processor and 6GB of RAM. The Emotion UI 5.1 Android skin also has a far lighter touch and poses the best software implementation from Honor’s phones. The Honor 8 Pro also sees the return of the dual-lens camera on the back, which sees a 12-megapixel RGB sensor paired with a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor.

A very generous 4,000mAh battery will see the Honor 8 Pro get comfortably through a day and a bit of heavy use, meaning this is a phablet that can go the distance.

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Key features:
  • 5.9-inch, 1080p display
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 64GB storage, 4GB RAM
  • Dual Leica lenses
  • Review Price: £499

With the death of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, there was a big hole in the phablet space. Now, we're not talking about 5.5-inch devices, but more about bigger nearly 6-inchers. There's a dearth of them around, so your best bet is the Huawei Mate 9.

This beast of a phone might have a 5.9-inch 1080p display, but it's not much bigger than the iPhone 7 Plus. It's well-built, with a comfortable design and plenty of power on the inside. There's 64GB storage, 4GB RAM and the latest Kirin 960 CPU. Huawei has cleaned up its Android skin too, and the Nougat flavoured EMUI 5 is a huge improvement.

On the back the dual (one monochrome, one RGB) sensors take good photos, but some aggressive processing means it's not quite as capable as the Google Pixel. The 4,000 mAh battery does give it fantastic stamina though, and it's very fast to charge.

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Key features:

    •    5.5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display
    •    Snapdragon 821 CPU and 6GB RAM
    •    16MP camera
    •    Dash Charging
    •    Review Price: £399

If you’re looking for an Android phablet without breaking the bank, look no further than the OnePlus 3T, the follow-up to the already fantastic OnePlus 3.

It doesn’t look much different to its predecessor, there’s still an aluminium body that makes it feel far more expensive than it is, and the same big 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display. The camera on the back remains the same, too, at 16 megapixels.

Changes have been made to the specifications, however. There’s now a super quick Snapdragon 821 processor, just like the Google Pixel, and this is paired with 6GB of RAM.
Battery life is also much improved, with a new larger 3,400mAh battery so you struggle less to reach the end of the day. When you do need to charge, OnePlus’ Dash Charge technology can get you topped up in just half an hour.

Simply put, for the money there’s no better Android phablet you can buy today.

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Nexus 6P

6 / 7

Our Score:


Nexus 6P

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Key features:
  • 5.7-inch, quad-HD display
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 32GB/64GB/128GB storage
  • Snapdragon 810 and 3GB RAM
  • Review Price: £499
Here at TrustedReviews, we don't often award a product 10/10. But the Nexus 6P deserved this accolade when we awarded it in 2015. It really was, and still is, a fantastic device.

The mixture of metal and glass looks the business, while the clean version of Android 7.0 runs like a dream thanks to the Snapdragon 810 and 3GB RAM.

The 12MP camera is the best ever on a Nexus device and it'll shoot 4K and slo-mo footage, with all your snaps backed up to Google's Photo service.

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Key Features:
  • 6.2-inch AMOLED, quad-HD+ Infinity Display
  • Dual Pixel f/1.7 aperture 12-megapixel camera
  • 4GB RAM and 64GB storage
  • Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895

What makes a perfect phone even better? Enlarge the screen into phablet territory, that's how. The only real difference this year between the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus and the 5.8-inch S8 is the larger screen, albeit with a beefier battery to keep the lights on.

So these Samsung flagships don't share the differences between their S7 and S7 Edge predessors, but the beautifully vibrant AMOLED, quad-HD Infinity Display shines even more when you're playing games and streaming Netflix or YouTube.

It's rare for phones to get perfect scores here at TrustedReviews, but the S8 Plus deserves 5 out of 5 stars just as much as its smaller sibling. When the sharp 12-megapixel snapper, svelte chassis and larger panel are all considered, this is the best phablet you can buy right now.

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Daniel Acosta

March 29, 2015, 9:20 am

And nexus 6???


July 7, 2015, 11:26 am

How about making the Note 4 in a 6.7" version for us Mega 6.3" devotees?

Rob C

July 27, 2015, 10:58 pm

> "... continue to polarise opinion ... Why have phablets become so popular? Many think it’s because people don’t want to buy a phone and a tablet, but there are a number of other clear advantages to owning one." .

Each area of the World has different trends.

In North America and from what I can see in Videos made in many other Countries, a 1080P Phone with less than 5.5" (diagonal measurement assumed, but width is the primary consideration and no other dimensions) Screen size is preferred for carrying; Phablets are RARE, but Tablets with LTE (a Tablet that is a Phone) and almost never seen.

Another factor is that when 1080P became popular (here) a couple of years ago, and people made the HUGE (their feelings) jump from 'just a Smartphone' to the _enormous_ 5" sized Phone they would not then go on to purchase another Device that certainly would NOT squeeze into their pocket, instead a 'real' WiFi Tablet would be purchased (with no LTE or 3G).

People here were not offered the Exynos, and the SD 810 was not a big upgrade (and too hot).

So basically we do not see people with Phablets (here), perhaps they are Closet Phablet Owners.

Johnny Walker

October 20, 2015, 12:56 pm

I have a LeTV Max from China, where's that in your review? It's an awesome super specced 6.33 inch phablet.


October 22, 2015, 6:39 pm

I think I would rather have the Alcatel Idol 3 over the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6. The specs are about the same but the Idol 3 has JBL speakers.


October 22, 2015, 6:42 pm

Also I would hardly call the Huawei Ascend G7 cheap at $425

Simon Baxter

October 30, 2015, 10:52 pm

None of these are phablets- Sony z ultra user

joseph taylor

November 19, 2015, 5:04 am

Also z ultra user.Call us when you realize what a real phablet looks like.

Lieba Bettencourt

November 19, 2015, 8:32 am

Sorry you all - but these aren't really phablets - I have the ASUS 8
INCH Fonepad which I love!!!!! and its half the price of all the
others; the only issue with it is the charging pin which is a bit loose.
I just wish the fix it. or one of these big companies make something
similar so far no contenders


November 19, 2015, 12:43 pm

8 inches is a tablet dummy, Anything 7 inches plus is tablet - Fact!


November 19, 2015, 12:43 pm

Of course they are, anything 5.5 inches above are.


November 19, 2015, 12:44 pm

Wouldn't even be in the 2014 list so why would it be on this? The real question is where is the Note 5


December 1, 2015, 9:01 pm

Why is the Nexus 6P the only phone rated 10/10, yet it's 4th??

Jose Enrique Brito Mendizabal

December 4, 2015, 7:07 pm

The Iphone 6S+ has only 5.5 and yet it is basically the same size as the Huawei Ascend Mate 7. It is also ridiculously overpriced How is it the number 1 phone on this list??

dana champion

December 9, 2015, 1:48 pm

I was thinking the same thing. I have the HTC One Max & these don't compare in size. Sebastian "the expert" needs to do some research. I am here looking for a new phone & it's disappointing to see what qualifies as a phablet.

Napoleon Valerian

January 15, 2016, 1:28 pm

I'm really curious to see how big manufacturers want to make 2016's phablets.I mean, they're already at 6.0, going beyond this means they're already entering tablet market...I don't get it. By the way, if anybody is interested, I've made an more in-depth approach on my blog: https://samsungrumorsblog.w... (it's just a school project, nothing much).

Samsung, for example, had a 6.3" phone, the Galaxy Mega. I wonder how people talking at it were looking like...

ANGUS 4277

February 18, 2016, 2:03 pm

Sorry Sebastian Bartlett but your thinking is incorrect. If that is the way you feel then fine go get yourself a micro-phone with a 4" screen and leave us phablet enthusiasts who want a 7" phablet alone.

ANGUS 4277

February 18, 2016, 2:06 pm

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is a loser because they took away the removable back, the SD card slot, and still made it the small sub 6" screen size. In short they tried to make their flagship phone more like an iphone which was a big mistake in my opinion.


February 18, 2016, 2:54 pm

What are you talking about? 7inch is a tablet, fact! Why would I want 4 inches when i clearly mentioned 5.5 inch as a phablet. Please get a grip and stop making a fool of yourself, you fool


February 18, 2016, 2:59 pm

Removable battery is pointless and take better design anyday. I do agree the sd card slot should stay but it doesn't define the handset. Stuff such as display, camera, software features etc are much more important. 5.7 inches is by no mean small but near ideal size. Also its the iphone thats trying to be more and more like a galaxy actually. Check you history and don't come across as so stupid.

ANGUS 4277

February 18, 2016, 8:45 pm

people may call a phone with a 5.5 inch display a "phablet" but that is not correct. The term "phablet" implies a phone\tablet device. A device with a 5.5 inch display is not big enough to use as a tablet so it is just a phone. The ideal size for a "phablet" would be something with a 7" dislpay. big enough to use as a tablet but not too big to use as a phone. Also just because you say something is a "fact" does not make it so... it makes it your opinion which I choose to disagree with. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 LTE device is used by many people as a phone and it has a 7" display. I as a matter of fact am looking for such a device with newer hardware specs that will work on Verizon so I can replace my Galaxy Note 2 since it is a bit long in the tooth and has a small screen. Therefore I am no fool. You just do not know how to think outside the box. That is why one of those tiny iphones from Apple would be perfect for you... so you can follow the herd. It is not Moo or Baaah... not exactly sure what sounds cattle make but you get the point.


March 12, 2016, 1:18 am

I have the Note 4 and will not be purchasing a Note 5 for the exact reason Angus suggested. The lack of a removable battery and SD card are huge drawbacks for me. Nearly every phone I have ever purchased has had problems with the batteries (only holding a charge for about half a day) about 3/4 of the way through my contract. Being able to purchase an aftermarket battery and pop it into the phone is a nice option to have. This was the number one reason I moved away from HTC after the desire when they changed their phone designs without a removable battery.

Bobbie Fenton

March 19, 2016, 10:18 pm

None of you guys seem to understand the difference between a tablet and a phablet. - It has NOTHING to do with size. It's a tablet that also works as a phone. Not all tablets work as phones. If they did - Kindle would have put all these crappers out of business a long time ago!

Atanas Ctonlob

March 31, 2016, 4:08 pm

Because the list is crap. The nexus6P is 10/10, has way better specs than Iphone, yet its 4th on the list.

Susanne Cunningham

March 31, 2016, 11:21 pm

I have the Sony z ultra that's 6.4" and love it

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