Best Phablets 2017: Top phablets you can buy

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

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 after a larger device. Along with offering big screens, phablets normally include more generous batteries and clever additional features such as multiple cameras on the rear and extra storage.

Related: Want something smaller? Check out these best Android phones

Read on for more details on our top choices.

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Buy Now: iPhone 8 Plus on EE (64GB) – £57 upfront, £47.99/month

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Key features:

  • 5.9-inch LCD quad-HD display
  • 6GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • Headphone jack
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Review price: No UK price currently

The 3.5mm headphone jack is rapidly going the way of the dodo. Since Apple chose to cut the connector from its iPhones, pretty much every Android smartphone maker has started to do the same – which is a real pain for anyone who’s invested in a decent set of cabled headphones.

This year, Huawei’s Mate 10 is one of the only current-gen phablets to retain the input, making it a contender for music fans unwilling to make the jump to wireless – or deal with the faff of USB-C converters.

Luckily, the connector isn’t the only good thing about the Mate 10. The phablet sports the same beautiful design as it’s slightly more luxurious sibling, the Mate 10 Pro.

Under the hood you’ll find the same super-fast Kirin 970 CPU and a gigantic 4000mAh battery. The above-average dual-lens rear camera pairs a 12-megapixel colour camera with a dedicated 20-megapixel monochrome sensor.

The only slight issue is that you’ll have to import the phone in – Huawei isn’t currently selling the regular Mate 10 in the UK. But considering its lower price (roughly £530 after import), these are small sacrifices to be made in the name of the hallowed 3.5mm.

Read the full Huawei Mate 10 review

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Key features:

  • 6.3-inch, quad-HD+ display
  • 64GB storage
  • Snapdragon 835 and 6GB RAM
  • Review price: £869

The Note 8 is the original phablet and it’s still the best – in our eyes anyway. It’s the only device of this ilk that really makes full use of that huge display, including an S-Pen to jot down notes.

That 6.3-inch screen is stunning thanks to AMOLED tech and HDR support, and it remains one of our favourite screens on any phone. The Snapdragon 835/Exynos 8895 CPU plus 6GB of RAM also makes it snappy in use.

The dual 12-megapixel cameras are great, the software much-improved, and Samsung’s industrial design is fantastic.

It’s expensive – but one of the best phones of 2017.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review

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Key features:

  • 6-inch, 1080p display
  • 128GB storage
  • Snapdragon 835 and 6GB RAM
  • Review price: £699

2017’s has seen the launch of some amazing phones, but outside of Samsung and Apple, we haven’t seen many top-end phablets hit the market. Enter Huawei with its super-swish Mate 10 Pro.

The Mate 10 Pro is the flagship in Huawei’s current phablet lineup, sitting above the company’s regular Mate 10, which isn’t being sold in the UK.

This phone features some of the best hardware we’ve seen in a phablet. The HDR-ready FHD+ OLED screen is one of the best this year, and coupled with the phone’s near-bezel-less design, makes streaming video and playing games a pleasure.

Add to this the gigantic 4000mAh battery and super-speedy Kirin processor, and the Mate 10 Pro easily earns a place among 2017’s best phablets.

The only slight downside to the phone is its use of Huawei’s Emotion UI, which radically changes Android Oreo’s native UI and adds a lot of unwanted bloatware.

Read the full Huawei Mate 10 Pro review

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Key features:

  • 6-inch, quad-HD display
  • 12-megapixel camera
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM
  • Review price: £799

The second XL Pixel improves on the first in a number of ways – but mostly, it just looks a whole heap better. The thin bezel around the 6-inch OLED display is modern, proving a huge screen in a device that’s comfortable in the hand.

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 than Apple’s Siri. The whole OS feels fluid and quick, and it’s far more attractive than Samsung’s TouchWiz.

The camera is stunning, too. It’s a 12-megapixel sensor that takes brilliant photos in all conditions, and it’s packed with portrait mode tricks too.

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Read the full Google Pixel 2 XL review

iPhone 8 Plus

5 of 8

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Key features:

  • 5.5-inch, Full HD display
  • A11 Bionic CPU and 3GB RAM
  • 12-megapixel dual camera
  • Review price: £849

Apple’s latest phablet looks just like the 6S Plus and 7S Plus, but there are plenty of new features to get excited about.

On the rear of the device you’ll find two 12-megapixel sensors that add depth to photos and let you zoom in without the loss of quality.

Apple has improved performance, too, upping the CPU to an A11 Bionic CPU that’s built for AR gaming. Storage also starts at 64GB, up from 32GB.

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 offers up a wider array of hues, and it’s perfect for videos and games. There’s True Tone, too, which adapts the colour temperature to the environment you’re in.

The battery is also excellent, seeing you through two days most of the time.

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Read the full iPhone 8 Plus review

Honor 8 Pro

6 of 8

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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 from the Kirin 960 processor and 6GB of RAM is excellent. The Emotion UI 5.1 Android skin displays 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 rear camera, where a 12-megapixel RGB sensor is paired with a 12-megapixel monochrome sensor.

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

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Read the full Honor 8 Pro review

OnePlus 5T

7 of 8

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Key features:

•    6-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display
•    Snapdragon 835 CPU and 6/8GB RAM
•    16-megapixel dual-lens camera
•    Dash Charging
•    Review price: £449

If you’re looking for an Android phablet that won’t break the bank, look no further than the OnePlus 5T – the follow-up to the already fantastic OnePlus 5.

The biggest update is the display, which now stretches nearly edge-to-edge. The aluminium body remains, making it feel far more expensive than it is – and the panel is AMOLED too. The camera on the back packs dual sensors, with one dedicated to low-light shooting.

There’s a super-quick Snapdragon 835 processor running the show, just like the Google Pixel 2, and this is paired with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

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

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Read the full OnePlus 5T review

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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
  • Review price: £779

What makes a perfect phone even better? Enlarge the screen into phablet territory, of course. 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 receive perfect scores here at Trusted Reviews, 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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