“Phablets” or smartphones with huge displays are already positioning themselves to be the next big thing. These massive handsets pushes the boundaries, and our pockets, of what is supposedly the maximum display size a smartphone should have. With manufacturers leaning toward this growing market, take a look at our list of ten smartphones with display sizes over five inches.
The phones listed below are those announced this year and are arranged from smallest to the largest.
Starmobile Diamond V3
First up is the Starmobile Diamond V3, a local brand offering which was just unveiled last month. It sports a 5.3-inch FWVGA (480 x 854) resolution display which equates to 185ppi. It also has an IPS panel and Asahi’s Dragontrail glass for added toughness. Powering the device is a quad-core Qualcomm 8225Q CPU, 1GB of RAM, 2,100mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jellybean.
The Lenovo K900 was locally launched last April and is one of the most anticipated handsets of the year. It has a 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 or equal to 401ppi. On top of that is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 encased in an aluminum body that is just 6.9mm thin. Running under the hood is an Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core 2GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 2,500mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jellybean.
LG Optimus G Pro
The Optimus G Pro was announced back in February and released in April. We’re yet to see this device made available locally though but it is already acknowledged as one of the best superphones around. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD display (1080 x 1920) with 401ppi, coupled with a True Full HD IPS Plus panel. Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core CPU clocked at 1.7GHz, 2GB RAM, 3,140mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jellybean.
ZTE Grand Memo
The ZTE Grand Memo was also announced back in February but for some reason isn’t making a lot of noise nowadays. It has a 5.7-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 or 258ppi. It is powered by a monster Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, 3,200mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jellybean with ZTE’s MyFavorite UX.
Starmobile Diamond V7
The Diamond V7 was announced together with the Diamond V3. It is Starmobile’s largest phablet offering to date. It carries a 5.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 resolution or equal to 258ppi. On top of that is an Asahi Dragontrail glass which we have personally proven to be tough enough to withstand stabbing and scratching. Underneath it is a MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 2,600mAH battery and Android 4.2 Jellybean.
Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0
Cherry Mobile’s answer to the Starmobile Diamond V7 is the Blaze 2.0. It has a 5.7-inch HD (720 x 1280) IPS LCD with a pixel density of 258ppi. Running under the hood is a MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 2,500mAh battery and Android 4.2.1 Jellybean.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 is the “smallest” of Samsung’s Mega line of phablets. It has a 5.8-inch TFT display with a resolution of 540 x 960 or 190ppi. Powering the device is a dual-core 1.4 GHz CPU, 1.5GB RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and Android 4.2.2 Jellybean with TouchWiz UI.
Huawei Ascend Mate
The Ascend Mate breaks the 6-inch barrier with its 6.1-inch IPS+ display. It has a resolution of 720 x 1280 which equates to 241ppi and mounted with Corning’s Gorilla Glass. It runs a Huawei K3V2 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, a massive 4,050mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jellybean with Emotion UI. You can check our first impressions of the Ascend Mate here.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
Living up to its Mega status is the Galaxy Mega 6.3. As the name suggests, it has a 6.3-inch SC (Super Clear) LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280 or 233ppi. Underneath is an Exynos 5250 Dual 1.7GHz dual core CPU, 1.5GB RAM, 3,200mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jellybean with TouchWiz UI.
Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any bigger, Sony just dropped this bomb last night. A 6.44-inch full HD (1080 x 1920) phablet with a pixel density of 342ppi. It is partnered with a TRILUMINOS Display for mobile, OptiContrast, and a shatter proof and scratch-resistant glass.
In addition, it is IP58-certified meaning it is dustproof and can be submerged under a meter of water for 30 minutes. Running under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, 3,050mAh battery and Android 4.2 Jellybean with Sony’s UI on top.