“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.
One of the biggest tradeoffs for opting for a smartphone with a big display is that you’ll have to deal with an unwieldy form-factor. That is unless, you opt for the Gionee’s M7 Power (review), which not only ships with a massive 6-inch HD+ panel, but also features a bezel-less design. Therefore, you’ll get the same screen real estate minus the unwieldy design of a comparable phablet. As far as the rest of the specs of the smartphone are concerned, it features an octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor which has been mated to 4GB of RAM. And lest we forget, the M7 Power is also a battery monster and ships with an enormous 5,000mAh battery.
Buyers looking for a more well-rounded offering should look at the Infinix Zero 5 (review), a 5.98-inch phablet which although misses out on the bezel-less design of the Gionee M7 Power, ships with a higher resolution full HD display. Moreover, it also sports a more powerful CPU in the form of the MediaTek Helio P25 which has been clubbed with a mammoth 6GB of RAM. The handset also ships with a dual-camera setup at the back comprising a pair of 12MP and 13MP sensors. For battery, the phone’s 4,350mAh unit will ensure that you don’t have to search for a power plug in the middle of the day.
The F5 (review) continues with establishing OPPO as The Selfie Expert and Leader (and that’s the new tagline of the brand as well). But on top of that, the smartphone joins the latest trend of bezel-less displays. Similar to the Gionee M7 Power, the handset features a 6-inch FHD+ screen that stretches almost to the edges, and offers sharp visuals in a form factor of a 5.5-incher. The smartphone sports a 20-megapixel sensor at the front with AI Beauty Recognition feature to enhance one’s selfies with the help of artificial intelligence. The front camera is rated at 16MP. Under the hood, the phone draws from an octa-core chipset which is coupled with 4GB of RAM. Juicing up the phone is a 3,200mAh battery.
So that rounds up our top picks for best large-screened smartphones under Rs 20,000. Which one would you go for? Let us know in the comments below.