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
Man holding a phablet

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
Woman watching a film on a phablet

Which iPhone has the largest screen?

The iPhone devices with the largest displays are the iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro Max, which both have a 6.7-inch screen.

Which smartphone has the largest screen?

The phone we sell with the largest screen is the Xiaomi Mi 11, which 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.

The Galaxy Z Fold3 has a 7.6-inch screen when it's opened up - when the hinge is shut, the 6.2-inch cover display is used.

Xiaomi Mi 11 screen

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:

Is there a 7-inch phone?

There are several 7-inch phones available to buy - if you'd like a slightly-larger screen, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 has a 7.6-inch main display when it's unfolded, and a 6.2-inch cover display when it's folded.

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

  • Xiaomi Mi 11: 6.81-inch
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: 6.8-inch
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro: 6.73-inch
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3: 6.7-inch (when unfolded)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max: 6.7-inch
  • OPPO Find X3 Pro: 6.7-inch
  • OPPO Find X2 Pro: 6.7-inch
  • Google Pixel 6 Pro: 6.7-inch
  • Samsung Galaxy S22+: 6.6-inch
  • Samsung Galaxy A22 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.

Using a 7-inch phone

Large screen mobile phones

Looking for a smartphone with a big screen? Here are the phones with large displays we’d recommend.

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Samsung
Galaxy Z Fold3

Unfold an immersive 7.6" display, featuring an under-display camera and Dolby Atmos sound so that you can truly lose yourself in your world. With 5G-readiness1 and a refresh rate that accelerates to 120Hz when you need it most, you can leave low-res, stuttering gameplay in the dust.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3
Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi
Mi 11

Shoot like a pro on the Mi 11’s triple rear camera with a 108-megapixel Wide-angle main camera, 13-megapixel 123° Ultra-wide angle camera and 5-megapixel Telemacro camera. Browse in comfort on the 6.81-inch AMOLED DotDisplay and experience 5G speed◊ for almost-instant downloads and smooth streaming.

Xiaomi Mi 11
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple
iPhone 13 Pro Max

iPhone 13 Pro Max. The biggest Pro camera system upgrade ever. 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion for a faster, more responsive feel. Lightning-fast A15 Bionic chip. 5G connectivity². Durable design and the best battery life ever in an iPhone.¹

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
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1Typical value tested under 3rd party conditions. Rated minimum capacity is 4,855mAh.
2Charger sold separately.

14K Ultra Night Video mode supports video shooting at 30fps.

2Ultra Dark Video will be automatically triggered when the brightness is below 5 lux.

3OPPO Find X5 Pro introduced 8192-level dimming of the screen, offering up to 12 brightness adjusting solutions to match the pupil zooming speeds in different light shifting conditions.

45000mAh is the typical capacity. The rated capacity is 4880mAh. OPPO Find X5 Pro uses two 2500mAh series-connected cells (2440mAh is the rated capacity of each cell), powering the phone with a total capacity of 5000mAh.

5The data of charging cycles was obtained from laboratory testing.

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8The 10-bit colour depth display can capture around 1.07 billion colours.

9Quick Startup can support Among Us, Candy Crush Saga, Coin Master, RoV, SAKURA School Simulator, LOL, Ludo King, Talking Tom Hero Dash, Baby Panda World and Battle Warship on OPPO Find X5 Pro. AI Frame Rate Stabilizer can support PUBG and Genshin Impact on OPPO Find X5 Pro.

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¹The display has 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 Pro Max 6.7-inch screen is 6.68 inches and the iPhone 13 Pro 6.1-inch screen is 6.06 inches diagonally. 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.

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 apple.com/iphone/cellular. 

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

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

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

4 Compared to earlier models of Pixel phones.

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6 Measured 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.

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

8 Based 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 goo.gle/mobilesecurityscorecard for more information.

 

iPhone 12 Terms & Conditions:

¹ Data 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 apple.com/iphone/cellular.
² The display has rounded corners. When measured as a rectangle, the screen is 6.06 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.
³ Claim based on iPhone 12 Ceramic Shield front compared with previous-generation iPhone.
⁴ Accessories are sold separately.
⁵ iPhone 12 is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, 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.

iPhone 12 in Purple Terms & Conditions

¹ Data 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 apple.com/iphone/cellular.
² The display has rounded corners. When measured as a rectangle, the screen is 6.06 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.
³ Claim based on iPhone 12 Ceramic Shield front compared with previous-generation iPhone.
⁴ Accessories are sold separately.
⁵ iPhone 12 is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, 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.

iPhone 12 mini Terms & Conditions:

¹ Data 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 apple.com/iphone/cellular.
² The display has rounded corners. When measured as a rectangle, the screen is 5.42 inches diagonally. Actual viewable area is less.
³ Claim based on iPhone 12 mini Ceramic Shield front compared with previous-generation iPhone.
⁴ Accessories are sold separately.
⁵ iPhone 12 mini is splash, water, and dust resistant and was tested under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529 (maximum depth of 6 meters up to 30 minutes). Splash, water, 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.