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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Read the full Google Pixel XL review

iPhone 7 Plus

2 of 7

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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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Read the full iPhone 7 Plus review

Honor 8 Pro

3 of 7

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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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Huawei Mate 9

4 of 7

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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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OnePlus 3T

5 of 7

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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 of 7

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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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Read the full Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review

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