Packed with innovative features, super-fast processors and eye-catching displays, Phablets are a fantastic choice for tech lovers who love massive-screen entertainment, immersive games or simply a larger canvas for tweeting, texting and browsing the web.
Huawei P30 Pro
At a glance: 6.47-inch Full HD+ display, quad-lens 40MP+20MP+8MP rear camera with TOF sensor, 192g, 149.1 x 71.36 x 7.57mm.
If you're looking for a phablet with an insanely impressive camera offering and plenty of power at its core, then you really can't go wrong with the Huawei P30 Pro. It sports an OLED 6.47-inch Full HD+ display that's made from specialised curved glass for immersive viewing - ideal for gamers and film lovers. The display covers the entire front of the phone, and Huawei has included an in-screen fingerprint scanner on the device which adds to an already seamless design. Smooth edges, a reflective all-glass back and a tiny dewdrop shaped notch for the front-facing camera ensure the P30 Pro really is a pleasure to use.
The device weighs just 192g, has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating and boasts a huge 4,200 mAh battery with both 40W wired fast charging and wireless charging. You're also able to transfer power from the P30 Pro to any Qi-compatible device - a handy feature if you find you need to charge up your smartwatch, tablet or even a friend's smartphone on the go.
Under the hood of the Huawei P30 Pro there's a powerful Kirin 980 processor, 8GB RAM and Huawei's customised operating system EMUI 9.1 for a lag-free, efficient performance. As well as ensuring your day-to-day experience is a seamless one, all of this tech helps the P30 Pro's advanced quad-lens camera system run smoothly too. The 40MP Super Sensing camera, 20MP ultra-wide angle lens, 8MP telephoto lens and advanced time of flight sensor work in harmony to produce outstanding photos, and the phone really shines when it comes to snapping shots in low light conditions. You can even take a photo in darkness thanks to the 40MP camera boasting a wide aperture of f/1.6. As for selfies? You're covered with a 32MP front-facing camera.
Samsung Galaxy S10+
At a glance: 6.4-inch Infinity-O display, triple-lens 12MP + 12MP + 16MP rear camera, 198g, 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm.
Looking for a phablet bursting with the latest smartphone tech? You can't beat the Samsung Galaxy S10+. Part of Samsung's 2019 flagship range, there's a ton of amazing features on board this cutting-edge smartphone, including a seamless, edge-to-edge 6.4-inch display. Using Samsung's Infinity-O display, you can expect a truly immersive experience. Instead of a notch at the top of the phone, you'll find a small dot-shaped hole housing the front-facing camera system instead, and Samsung has also removed the home button to maximise screen space.
There's much more to the Galaxy S10+ than an amazing display, however. Built into the screen in an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for quick yet secure access, there's an outstanding triple-lens rear camera and dual front-facing camera, as well as a whopping 4,100 mAh battery. Better yet, you'll be able to record in 4K and take advantage of PowerShare, an innovative Samsung-exclusive feature that enables Samsung S10+ users to share battery charge with other wireless-charging devices, by simply touching them to the back of the S10+.
An octa-core processor and Snapdragon 855 chipset, IP68 water resistance rating and a stunning all-glass back are all part of the amazing phablet too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
At a glance: 6.4-inch Infinity Display, dual-lens 12MP camera, 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g, 128 or 512GB
If you're really after a cinematic experience from your smartphone, consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. At 6.4 inches, it's the largest phablet display to be featured so it should come as no surprise that we recommend it for users who love to really immerse themselves in graphics-heavy smartphone games, or for anyone who frequently watches movies and TV shows on the go.
The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is outstandingly detailed and vibrant, thanks to Samsung's signature Infinity Display. Protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, it's scratch-resistant too. You'll find an all-glass back as well, which not only looks great but supports wireless charging for the huge 4,000mAh battery.
As for the camera, you'll be able to take amazing shots thanks to the dual-lens 12MP rear camera or the 8MP front-facing camera. And if you get snap happy, there's either 128GB or 512GB storage for your photos - expandable to 1TB with a microSD. All this, plus 6GB RAM and an octa-core processor, makes for one high-performing phablet.
Huawei P20 Pro
At a glance: 6.1-inch FullView OLED display, 40MP triple-lens camera, 180g, 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, 128GB
If you're all about a phablet with a fantastic camera, look no further than the Huawei P20 Pro. The handset's cameras are sure to blow you away, with the rear featuring a triple-lens 40MP camera and the front-facing camera boasting a huge 24MP lens. Get ready for some seriously detailed selfies.
Let's talk more about the Huawei P20 Pro's key feature - the triple-lens shooter. One of the main reasons the Huawei P20 Pro made such an impression upon release is because DxOMark (the official reference for image quality) rated this the best smartphone camera ever. Combining a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome sensor and an 8MP telephoto lens on the rear, it's easy to mistake your shots for professional pics. All this can be viewed on the crystal clear 6.1-inch FullView OLED HD+ screen, which banishes glare to be easily viewable in any light.
As for power, the Huawei P20 Pro has a 4,000 mAh battery to ensure this phablet has enough juice for the day ahread.
At a glance: 5.8 inch Super Retina HD display, Dual 12MP camera, 174g, 143.6mm x 70.9mm x 7.7mm, 64GB/256GB
Apple’s most advanced device on the market, iPhone X is distinctly different from its predecessors. iPhone X is the first iPhone to boast a bezel-free, Super Retina HD display, meaning the screen covers the entire front of the handset. The massive display means no home button, so facial recognition technology in the form of Face ID has replaced the fingerprint security of Touch ID.
As for design, iPhone X has a reinforced all-glass body that’s both IP67 water-resistant as well as being reinforced against cracks and scratches. The dual camera on this phablet weighs in at an impressive 12MP, with a wide-angle lens and portrait mode offering incredible depth-of-field. The high-speed A11 Bionic Chip ensures there’s plenty of power - so much in fact that iPhone X can support Apple’s new range of augmented reality apps. And with an animated emoji - or 'animoji' feature, you'll discover a whole new way to interact with friends.
Discover more about the amazing iPhone X right here.
iPhone 8 Plus
At a glance: 5.5 inch Retina HD display, Dual 12MP camera, 202g, 158.4mm x 78.1mm x 7.5mm, 64GB/256GB
iPhone 8 Plus shares many of iPhone X’s features, at a slightly more affordable price. There’s no Face ID, but iPhone 8 Plus still enjoys the same advanced camera, the powerful A11 Bionic Chip, and an all-glass design reinforced by aerospace-grade aluminium, which houses a 5.5-inch True Tone display. The speakers are 25% louder than previous iPhone Plus models so your content will sound better too.
As the first iPhone generation to free itself from wires, iPhone 8 introduces wireless charging. Juice up with super-fast speeds as you charge up to 50% in 30 minutes with the wireless AirPad (sold seperately). Continuing the wireless theme, there's also the option for wireless audio with Apple’s Bluetooth AirPods (also sold seperately).
Discover the difference between Phone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus here.
Google Pixel 2 XL
At a glance: 6.0 inch Quad-HD display, 12.2MP camera, 175g, 157.9mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm, 64GB/128GB
Google Lens, Google Assistant and the best camera to be featured on a smartphone or phablet (as reated by DxOMark Mobile) are just a handful of reasons why the Google Pixel 2 XL is classed as one of the best phablets available. Running Android Oreo and powered by an Octa-core processor, the stunning 6 inch QHD edge-to-edge display is ready to entertain.
One stand-out feature is Google Lens, which uses AI to pull up useful information whenever you point the 12MP camera at real-life objects such as a piece of art, a movie poster, or a building. Want to know more about a restaurant you’re passing? Google Lens will offer an address, opening times, ratings and more. This impressive technology is powered by Google Assistant, which can also help you with day-to-day tasks - control smart appliances, track flights and transfer money easily, and take the hassle out of personal admin.
Learn more about both the Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL
Samsung Galaxy S8+
At a glance: 6.2 inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display, 12MP camera, 173g, 1.59.5mm x 73.4mm x 8.1mm, 64GB/128GB
There's plenty to love about Samsung's Galaxy S8+. This phablet is the big brother of the S8, and offers a high-tech iris scanner, a seamless metallic body and a 6.2-inch quad-HD display. Samsung's personal assistant Bixby is also on board, and the S8+ is the ideal companion to the Gear VR.
Samsung have included a dual 12MP camera with an F1.7 lens for clear, detailed pictures. The 8MP front-facing camera even boasts facial recognition - to ensure flawless selfies every time. This fantastic phablet also rocks wireless charging capabilities, and a water and dust resistant build.
Check out our full guide to the Samsung Galaxy S8 vs S8 Plus right here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
At a glance: 6.3 inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD display, Dual 12MP camera, 195g, 162.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.6mm, 64GB/128GB/256GB
With its beautiful, edge-to-edge Infinity Display measuring a whopping 6.3 inches, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 showcases the one of the biggest screens on the market. Not only is this piece of tech stunning to look at, it’s pleasure to hold thanks to its smooth curved edges and seamless inclusion of the S-Pen.
Every bit a flagship device, this phablet has two 12MP cameras, perfect for taking bokeh-style photographs, while videos can be shot in breath-taking 4K. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 won't disappoint in terms of power either, with highlights including 6GB RAM and an Octa-core processor.
Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 here.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
At a glance: 5.5 inch 4K HDR display, 19MP Motion Eye camera, 191g, 156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm, 64GB
More than just a smartphone, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium has an amazing 4K HDR display. It's the same technology Sony uses in Bravia TVs, so you can guarantee this phablet will offer an incredible viewing experience.
The Xperia XZ Premium doesn't stop there with its show-stopping features. The 19MP rear camera is fuelled by Motion Eye technology, and while delivering exceptionally realistic and clear pictures, it can also shoot videos at 960 frames per section - slow motion has never looked so good. With an excellent battery, 3GB RAM and an Octa-core processor too, this phablet from Sony is definitely up there with the best on the market.
See how it compares to its smaller brother, the Sony Xperia XZ, here.
Huawei P10 Plus
At a glance: 5.5 inch Quad-HD display, 20MP/12MP camera, 165g, 153.5mm x 74.2mm x 7.0mm, 128GB
Jam-packed with state-of-the-art features, it's no surprise the Huawei P10 Plus made the list. A flagship device, and bigger brother to the Huawei P10, the Android-powered phablet’s most notable specs include a high-speed processor and Quad HD display.
If you're after a phablet with a camera that can rival a professional DSLR, look no further. Co-engineered with Leica, the P10 Plus enjoys a dual camera of 20MP and 12MP, which work together seamlessly with Lecia Summulix sensors to offer images that deliver detail, depth and vivid colour.
HTC U Ultra
At a glance: 5.7 inch Super LCD5 display, Dual 12MP camera, 170g, 162.4mm x 79.8mm x 8.0mm, 64GB/128GB
With its always-on screen, impressive 5.7-inch Quad HD display and unique design, phablet fans will love the HTC U Ultra. With what HTC has called a liquid surface design, the device enjoys a multi-layered glass back that looks amazing when it catches the light. Sense Companion - HTC's intelligent assistant - is also on board, evolving over time to learn your preferences while making hands-free navigation easy.
There's also a secondary display placed above the first, providing easy and instant access to notifications 24/7. One of the U Ultra's key features is the dual camera. Capture memories with the 12MP rear camera, or take high-quality selfies thanks to incredible 16MP front-facing camera - a spec that's rarely seen on a smartphone or phablet.
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