“These are powerful phablets that don’t cost a fortune”
In 2011, when the first Samsung Galaxy Note was announced, we expected it to be another one of those devices which just come and go without creating much excitement. With a screen size of 5.3-inches, the device was deemed too big to be carried comfortably.
But then, something interesting happened – the flagship kickstarted something revolutionary – the phablet phenomenon. Come 2017, and even a 5.5-inch screen is considered to be normal. With our phones becoming the primary means of media consumption, the need for larger displays has grown immensely. In case you want a media powerhouse in the palm of your hands without burning a hole in your pocket, here are some capable smartphones with 6-inch+ displays priced below Rs 20,000.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
The latest phablet offering from the Chinese handset maker Xiaomi, the Mi Max 2 (review), is a worthy successor to last year’s phablet. With the same display size as its predecessor, the handset gets subtle design changes like antenna bands being moved to the top and bottom edges, and a curvier back. The metal unibody of the device houses a 5,300mAh battery, which is almost 10 percent more than the Mi Max’s cell capacity. The Mi Max 2 comes equipped with the Snapdragon 625, which is an octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz and mated to 4GB of RAM. While the handset is being sold in 64 and 128GB variants in China, only the former has been launched in the country. Priced at Rs 16,999, it sports a 12MP rear snapper with Sony IMX386 sensor, PDAF and an LED flash, and a 5MP front shooter.
Xiaomi Mi Max Prime
While it’s almost a year old, Xiaomi’s Mi Max Prime still remains among the best options in the 6-inch+ smartphone segment. The device flaunts a 6.44-inch full HD display with an equally massive 4,850mAh battery to back it up. Not to forget the beautiful metal unibody design and the fingerprint scanner. In addition to this, the Xiaomi Mi Max Prime comes with a Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. For the optics, the device gets a 16MP / 5MP camera combo. The phone runs MIUI 8 built on top of Android Marshmallow.
Lenovo PHAB 2 Plus
Lenovo’s PHAB 2 Plus (first impressions) is priced at Rs 14,999 and features a 6.4-inch display with a full HD resolution. It has a metal unibody design with a rear fingerprint scanner. The key features of the device include its dual 13MP rear cameras which come with laser autofocus and phase detection autofocus, as well as an augmented reality mode which lets you create photos and videos with superimposed effects such as virtual backgrounds. Other specs of the device include a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT8783 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of an expandable storage. The phone is available exclusively via Amazon India.
Lenovo PHAB 2
What if you don’t want the dual camera setup or the augmented reality mode? If that’s the case, then the Lenovo PHAB 2 has got you covered. It comes with a 6.4-inch HD display that is run by a quad-core MediaTek MT8735 SoC, 3GB of RAM and a large 4,050mAh battery. The optics department is taken care of by a standard 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Priced at Rs 10,999, the PHAB 2 is a couple of thousand rupees cheaper than its Plus sibling.
Gionee M5 Marathon Plus
The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus (review) has received its fair share of price cuts in the country, making it eligible for our round up. The device flaunts a 6-inch full HD display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 SoC, mated to 3GB of RAM. The highlight of the device is its massive 5,020mAh battery that supports fast charging and promises long battery life for power-hungry users. What’s more is that it features a USB Type-C port that has soon become the norm for smartphones. For the optics, the Marathon M5 Plus comes with a 13MP primary camera and a 5MP front shooter.
Sony’s Xperia XA Ultra also comes flaunting a 6-inch full HD display with minimum side bezels. The USP of the device is its 21.5MP rear camera and a 16MP front camera. Other specifications include an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 2,700mAh battery. The XA Ultra can be yours if you stretch your budget a bit to Rs 21,000.