Find fiddling with your small display phone to be unsatisfying? If you do, we recommend you to switch to a phablet. So what’s a phablet? Simply put, a phablet is a smartphone that features an extraordinarily large display. From watching movies to playing games on your phablets, the bigger the better as far as we are concerned. Here’s a list to get you started.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Best phablet with stylus – suitable for drawing
If you need to use a stylus with your phone, you’d be glad to know that the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, successor to the Note 8, is one of the few that has a built-in stylus – the S pen, a handy tool for those who like to draw, write notes or even a shutter remote for the camera.
Other notable upgrades over its predecessor include a larger 4,000 mAh battery, improved A.I, additional S pen functionality, faster processor and improved cooling to keep your phone working smoothly even when handling multiple tasks. All in all, this is a very polished addition to Samsung’s line of Note phablets and one of the best all-around Android phablets ever.
Apple iPhone XS
From RM 4,999.00
Best phablet above 6 inches – suitable for reading
Apple has finally entered the phablet market with their iPhone XS, sporting a large 6.5 OLED screen which they’ve somehow shoehorned into a casing no bigger than that of the iPhone 8 Plus. Add in the super fast A12 Bionic chip and Apple has successfully left all android pretenders in the dust.
With a battery life of up to 11.5 hours of usage, there’s also an upgrade for the front and back cameras. The OLED screen is easy on the eyes especially if you tend to spend long hours reading on your phone. While its price tag is something to think about, the iPhone XS is one that shines in most departments.
From RM 1,789.00
Best phablet with longest battery life
One Plus has been making a name for themselves as a maker of quality value smartphones, and their latest flagship model continues that tradition. The OnePlus6 sports a large 6.28 optic AMOLED screen which firmly puts it in the phablet class.
It’s equipped with a plethora of cutting-edge technology such as Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon processor, HD display screen and Super Long battery life of up to 16 hours of us. With such sheer quality and attention to detail for a budget phone, this model definitely deserves praises!
Best phablet for the money
Honor is another budget brand (with the same makers of Huawei) which offers cheap but good quality phones. The Honor View 10 is a flagship model of Honor which features the latest Huawei Kirin 970 Chipset together with a 6GB RAM and 128GB of built-in storage.
Its 6 inch LCD screen of the Honor may not be the sharpest on the market but it still performs well. Coupled with specifications mirroring more notable brands and models at half the price, the Honor View 10 is another value buy in the phablet category.
Asus Zenfone 5z (ZS620KL)
Best phablet for work
There’s a lot to like about the Asus Zenfone 5Z; it performs satisfactorily in all departments. Featuring dual rear cameras, an OLED display, high capacity battery, high spec processor and RAM, there’s nothing not to like about the Zenfone 5Z.
Surfing, playing games and using productivity software are all not a problem with the 5Z. Design wise the 5Z is minimalistic with a fingerprint sensor on its back. For those who long for a simple phone, this Zenfone should suffice.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Best phablet for gaming
Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro is one of the most exciting Android phablets on the market today. With bezel-less design and a 6-inch screen super AMOLED display, the phone still manages to fit comfortably in your hands in spite of the screen size which can be a problem with other phablets.
There’s a fingerprint sensor for security, large storage capacity and the latest Kirin 970 chipset from Huawei themselves. Its Leica dual cameras on the phone are unsurpassed when it comes to image quality which is great if you are a shutterbug. Mate 10 Pro’s large screen size and fast processor also make this well suited for mobile gaming.
Best phablet with keyboard – for seniors
There are a precious few Android devices that still sports a physical QWERTY keyboard, more so for phablets. The Blackbery Priv is one of the few which has a physical keyboard built-in. It was introduced in 2016 and was succeeded by the smaller Key1 and Key2. With its screen at 5.48 inches, the Priv just scrapes into the Phablet category.
The keyboard is housed in a clever sliding mechanism which you can smoothly slide in or out. In terms of specifications, there’s Hexa Core 1.4 Ghz Snapdragon chipset, 3GB RAM and 32 GB of internal memory.
Seniors and for those who’d like the accuracy and feel of a physical keyboard for their smartphones will find appeal in the Priv. Also, the Schneider-Kreuznach Camera built into the phone is the closest rival to the Leica in terms of photo quality.
Google Pixel 2XL
Best for watching videos
From the company that brought you your favourite search engine, comes the unbelievably dreamy phablet – Google Pixel 2XL. Enclosed within the boundaries of the slim bezels lies a 6.0 inch Quad HD+ poled display. The choice of display by Google produces greater colour accuracy and contrast, along with deeper blacks. All this leads to greater satisfaction when you binge-watch TV shows or movies.
A proverbial cherry on top for this phablet is its dual front-facing speakers. They’re loud and clear when it comes to emitting sound, which will no doubt, be a great thing to have when you are racing in Asphalt 8 or taking in the beautiful soundtrack on Fire Emblem Heroes.
Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra
Best phablet for selfies
The Sony steps up its game with the Sony Xperia XA2 Ultra. It has a large 6-inch LCD IPS Display which serves as the perfect canvas for videos. The colour profile of this phablet seems to aim for an accurate yet relaxed profile – perfect for those who hate overly eye-popping or cartoonish colours that seem to be the norm now for phablets.
Another of its great feature is dedicated to selfie-lovers. With an optical image stabilisation and front-facing super-wide 16 megapixels camera, users can expect bright and non-blurry pictures.
In terms of battery life, it’s pretty solid. The 2,580mAh battery will easily last a day and at its best, 2 days with plenty of juice left in the tank. There’s also an Ultra STAMINA Mode which can extend your battery life significantly in times of need (like waiting for that one text message from your crush when your battery is less than 10%).
Huawei P20 Pro
Best phablet for landscape photography
The Huawei P20 Pro packs a 6.1-inch AMOLED display (1080×2160 resolution). The display can change the colour temperature on the go to suit the condition of the surrounding light. But by far, the brightness of the screen is the best thing. When you max out the brightness, reading an e-book or watching YouTube videos under the sun is a-OK!
The display is not the only great thing this phablet is packing; it packs a tri-camera. The phablet uses all three lenses when you take a picture to ensure that the resulting image is stunningly sharp.
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