“With big screens to boast about, these phones are ideal for media consumption”

Over the years, mobile phones have come a long way. From being only a means of communication, our phones have quickly taken centre stage as our constant companions. In fact for some of us, our smartphones are the first thing we look at in the morning, and also the last before we go off to sleep. For a device that performs so many functions in our life, the need for a large canvas is utmost important.

One can argue here that large screens are meant for tablets and phones should be kept fairly compact. But that’s a story which is changing pretty quickly. The fact of the matter is that smartphones have gotten larger, sporting bigger displays in slimmer bodies and narrow bezels. So, if you’re in the market looking for a perfect phablet to suit your media needs, here are some compelling smartphones that come with 6-inch or larger displays.

OPPO F3 Plus (Rs 30,990)

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OPPO’s latest offering, the F3 Plus, has got quite a number of interesting features up its sleeve. For instance, it flaunts dual 16MP + 8MP front facing cameras, as well as a promising 16MP rear camera to keep the shutterbugs interested. And if this wasn’t enough, the smartphone is powered by a Snapdragon 653 SoC, coupled with 4GB of RAM. However, what we really like about the device is its 6-inch full HD display, which doesn’t feel as large in the hand as it sounds on paper, thanks to the extremely thin side bezels on the device. Combine this with the 185g weight of the device, and it all results in a phone that’s easier to hold and operate than most 6-inchers out there in the market with a screen-to-body ratio of 75.1 percent.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro (Rs 36,900)

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The Galaxy C9 Pro is not Samsung’s first 6-inch+ device, though it is the brand’s first to come with a remarkable 6GB of RAM. Boasting a metal unibody design alongside a vibrant 6-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, the C9 Pro comes powered by a Snapdragon 653 SoC, and offers 64GB of expandable storage along with 16MP front and rear cameras. Other additions like a USB Type-C port, NFC and a big 4,000mAh battery make the deal even sweeter. The device is quite slim with 6.9mm frame and has a screen-to-body ratio of 75.5 percent. You can also opt for a one-time screen replacement for a period of 12 months at an additional charge of Rs 990.

Lenovo PHAB 2 Pro (Rs 29,990)

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The 6.4-inch QHD IPS LCD display is just one exciting feature of the Lenovo PHAB 2 Pro. What sets it apart is its 3D Tango technology, which is an augmented reality platform developed by Google. Lenovo also provides a special app store to the users to make better use of this feature. Other specifications of the device include an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 64GB expandable storage and a 4,050mAh battery. For those of you who aren’t that excited about Project Tango (why? Just why?), you can have a look at the PHAB 2 Plus (first impressions), which comes with a 6.4-inch full HD display and an octa-core MediaTek processor, all at a price of Rs 14,999. Being a large-screened smartphone, it requires the use of both hands as it’s quite large and wide. There are noticeable amount of bezels surrounding the screen since it has screen-to-body ratio of 70.9 percent.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Ultra (Rs 49,990)

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One of the most expensive handsets in ASUS’s portfolio, the ZenFone 3 Ultra has a lot going for it. First and foremost, there’s the beautiful design, followed by a 6.8-inch full HD display and a large 4,600mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 support. For the optics, the phone utilises a 23MP primary camera, as well an 8MP rear snapper. Powering the hardware is a Snapdragon 652 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM. The specifications might not be the best you can get at this price, but if you’re looking for a premium phone with a large display, the ZenFone 3 Ultra fills those boots pretty well. The phablet is the largest in our roundup, both in terms of the screen size as well as its footprint. It measures 186.4 x 93.9 with regards to its height and width, and also tips the scales on the higher side with 233g weight.

Xiaomi Mi Max (Rs 14,999 onwards)

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Xiaomi’s motto for this device has been “Mi Max is the new big”, and that’s for a reason. A 6.4-inch full HD display flaunts the fascia, while underneath there’s ample power thanks to a Snapdragon 650 / 652 processor, with up to 4GB of RAM. On the other hand, the mammoth 4,850mAh battery ensures you can spend long hours on YouTube and Netflix without plugging in the charger every couple of hours. A fingerprint scanner, 4G VoLTE support and up to 128GB of expandable storage… the Mi Max is surely an interesting buy, provided you can get your hands on one. It has slim bezels which help it to reach the screen-to-body ratio of 74.8 percent.

Samsung Galaxy S8+ (Upcoming)

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The larger of the S8 siblings has crossed the 6-inch screen size barrier, owing to its almost bezel-less take on design. Gone is the iconic physical home button, and what we get is a large 6.2-inch QHD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 fitted inside a body that’s similar in dimensions to the iPhone 7 Plus. On the hardware side of things, the phone comes packed with the latest specifications, be it an Exynos 8895 SoC, or a generous 4GB of RAM. That said, being a flagship that it is, the S8 won’t be coming without a hefty price tag. The S8+ has an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 84 percent.

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