Phablets and large screen phones

Not quite a smartphone, not quite a tablet - what exactly is a phablet, and do they still exist?

The term 'phablet' started gaining popularity from 2012 to 2014, although it's a word you may not hear as much now, as smartphone screen sizes increase and phone technology leaps forward.

Here's our guide to phablets, including their defining characteristics, whether they still exist, and the current range of smartphones which are seen as modern-day phablets.

What is a phablet?

Phablets are a cross between a smartphone and a tablet - the term 'phablet' was used in the past for smartphones with very large screens.

The term was coined around the time when phones had 4.5-inch up to 5.8-inch screens, and phablets had 6-inch+ displays. The term 'phablet' isn’t relevant anymore as the majority of new smartphones have 6-inch+ displays.

The definition for 'phablet' is fluid as smartphone displays have become larger and the term has steadily fallen out of use. However, phablets tend to have the following characteristics:

  • Large screens with smartphone processor functionality, yet smaller than a tablet

  • Can be held and used in one hand

  • Many are compatible with styluses

What is a phablet used for?

With screens larger than your average phone, phablets are fantastic for people who regularly use their phones for gaming, streaming, and working on the go. The increased display dimensions promote a more immersive experience and make multitasking easier, and if taking pictures is your thing, there’s more room to get creative with your snaps. All this, together with the new features of artificial intelligence phones, can boost your productivity.

Do phablets still exist?

Technically, yes - there are several new smartphones available with large displays and powerful processors which have phablet characteristics.

However, as technology has moved on, what would have been considered a phablet in the past would now be considered a small smartphone.

When Samsung released the Galaxy Note in 2011, its ground-breaking 5.3-inch screen defined it as a phablet - it's commonly cited as one of the first phablets available.

These days, the Galaxy Note's display would be considered small.

Why did people buy phablets in the past?

When large smartphone screens weren't as commonplace as they are now, phablets were popular with people who needed to work on trains and planes, and people who wanted to watch videos and play games on larger screens. Some of their benefits included:

  • More space on screen - people who had to work on the go found that a larger screen increased their productivity

  • Immersive entertainment - larger screens meant more detail and a cinematic-style viewing experience

  • Increased comfort - using and switching between apps was more comfortable on bigger screens

  • Reducing eye strain - it was easier for people to read text, get notifications and read documents on a bigger display

Which phone has the biggest screen?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has one of the biggest screens, unfolding to an expansive, super-smooth 7.6-inch display. Not only this, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 has the brightest foldable screen ever¹, so you can watch all your favourite content in vivid detail and fold it neatly into your pocket when you’re finished.

Likewise, with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4's immersive unfolded 7.6-inch display, you can lose yourself in your world. Nothing will come between you and your favourite content when you have a cinema and games arcade in your pocket.

Which iPhone has the largest screen?

Some iPhone models have a 6.7-inch screen¹, including iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 15 Plus from the latest iPhone series. Users can enjoy a Super Retina XDR display which is up to 2x brighter in the sun compared to iPhone 14, along with a 120Hz refresh rate on iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Similarly, iPhone 14 Pro Max and iPhone 14 Plus benefit from a 6.7-inch screen.

Which Samsung phone has the largest screen?

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Fold4 have the largest screens of any Samsung folding phone. Both handsets benefit from a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display when unfolded.  Take a look at our selection of folding phones to find out more.

Looking for a Samsung phone that doesn’t fold? The Galaxy S24 Ultra has a generous 6.8-inch screen with QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display. With an ultra-thin frame, you can enjoy a true edge-to-edge viewing experience.

Other Android phones with large screens

The Xiaomi Mi 11 has a bezel-free 6.81-inch AMOLED DotDisplay with quad-curved edges, WQHD+ ultra-high resolution and HDR10+ for crisper details and clarity. The 120Hz refresh rate lets you enjoy a seamless and smooth screen experience, especially when gaming, and AdaptiveSync display automatically optimises power consumption.

Is 6.7 inches big for a phone?

Yes - any phone with a 6.7-inch screen (and above) would be considered a large phone.

Phones with a 6.7-inch screen include:

iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra

Google Pixel 8 Pro

Google Pixel 7 Pro

• Google Pixel 6 Pro

Is there a 7-inch phone?

We don’t sell any phones with exact 7-inch screens, but we do sell several phones which have ultra-large screens such as:

  • iPhone 15 Pro Max and iPhone 15 Plus: 6.7-inch

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 and Fold5: 7.6-inch (when unfolded)

  • Xiaomi Mi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G: 6.67-inch

  • Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra and S23 Ultra: 6.8-inch

  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip5: 6.7-inch (when unfolded)

  • Google Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro: 6.7-inch

  • Samsung Galaxy S22+ and S23+: 6.6-inch

  • Samsung Galaxy A55 5G: 6.6-inch

  • Samsung Galaxy A35 5G: 6.6-inch

A 7-inch phone will give you a slightly larger display than a 6.7-inch phone - that means more immersive entertainment and gaming, and easier multi-app viewing from one screen.

Looking for a small phone?

If you're after a neat, slimline phone which you can easily operate with one hand or slip into a pocket, check out our guide to the best small phones with hardworking processors, fabulous features and crystal-clear screens for gaming, browsing and working. 

Frequently asked questions

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5, Galaxy Z Fold4 and the Galaxy Z Fold3 have the largest screens of any Android phone. They have a whopping 7.6-inch screen and 6.2-inch cover screen, when the hinge is closed.

  • Screen size for smartphones is measuring diagonally from the upper left-hand corner of the screen to the lower right-hand corner.

  • They're usually measured in inches.

  • It's important to note that sometimes the actual viewable area is less than what is measured - this is due to the rounded corners and camera hole.

The largest tablet screen is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra - it has a huge 14.6-inch AMOLED display.

Terms and conditions

¹ The display has rounded corners. When measured as a standard rectangle, the screen is 6.69 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.

¹ Emergency SOS uses a cellular connection or WiFi calling.

¹The display has rounded corners. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 6.68-inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.

²Battery life varies by use and configuration; see for more information.

³Emergency SOS uses a cellular connection or WiFi calling.

¹The display has rounded corners. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the screen is 6.68 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.

²Data plan required. 5G is available in select markets and through select carriers. Speeds vary based on site conditions and carrier. For details on 5G support, contact your carrier and see

³iPhone 13 Pro is spill, splash, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529. Spill, splash, and dust resistance are not permanent conditions. Resistance might decrease as a result of normal wear. Do not attempt to charge a wet iPhone; refer to the user guide for cleaning and drying instructions. Liquid damage not covered under warranty.

⁴The displays have rounded corners that follow a beautiful curved design, and these corners are within a standard rectangle. When measured as a standard rectangular shape, the iPhone 13 screen is 6.06 inches diagonally and the iPhone 13 mini screen is 5.42 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.

¹ Compared against Z Fold4

¹ Compared to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3.

¹5G network connection required.

S Pen Fold edition and S Pen Pro sold separately.

Submersion in up to 1.5m of freshwater for up to 30min (not advised for beach or pool use).

Tested to be folded and unfolded 100 times a day for 5 years. The life cycle verification was tested based on Samsung's internal quality standards.

¹ Compared against Galaxy S22 Series.

² Typical value tested under third- party laboratory condition. Rated minimum capacity is 4855mAh.

¹Pixel 6 Pro: 128GB UFS 3.1 storage for all colours. 256GB UFS 3.1 storage in Stormy Black only. Pixel 6: 128GB UFS 3.1 storage for all colours. 256GB UFS 3.1 storage in Stormy Black and Sorta Seafoam only. Storage specifications refer to capacity before formatting. Actual formatted capacity will be less.

²Estimate of typical capacity based upon testing and expected mobile behaviour.

³Maximum resolution with RAW image files setting turned on. Setting is turned off by default. See for more information.

⁴Compared to earlier models of Pixel phones.

⁵Android security updates for at least five years from when the device first became available on the Google Store in the US. See for details.

⁶Measured diagonally; dimension may vary by configuration and manufacturing process. Not available for all apps or content. Display automatically adjusts to optimise for best viewing and battery performance.

⁷Based on a count of independent hardware security subsystems and components.

⁸Based on 2020 analyst research funded by Google LLC and conducted by Informa Telecoms and Media Limited. Evaluation considered features that may not be available in all countries. Evaluation did not include testing. See for more information.

⁹Compared to Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G).