When the word “phablet” was coined several years ago, it was meant to showcase a few smartphones that had, at the time, extremely large displays. Indeed, some tech reviewers didn’t care for this so-called mix of phone and tablet, as they complained that consumers wouldn’t be able to hold phablets correctly, and they wouldn’t fit into a normal pants pocket.

Those days are long gone. Consumers have spoken with their wallets, and now the phablet is the preferred type of smartphone for many, perhaps the majority, of mobile phone buyers.

Over the years, the definition of which phones would be in the phablet category has also changed. When it began, phones with a display as small as 4.8 inches were named among phablets. Today, that has changed, and mobile phones are now generally considered to be phablets if they have displays that are 6.0 inches or larger. And even now that term is starting to fall out of fashion as these sizes simply become the norm.

In addition to their big screens, many phones in the phablet category also get the fastest processors, the most RAM, the most advanced cameras and other features. There’s no doubt that the stigma that some had for the larger sizes of these devices has been set aside, as consumers use their phones for more than just talking and texting to each other. They can now watch videos in HD or higher resolutions on their phones, view photos in much larger sizes, and even read and do real work with the larger screens.

If you’re in the market for a phablet, this is the post for you. You’ll find the five best ones available below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

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The Note 9 sports a 6.4-inch curved display with QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. According to DisplayMate, it’s the best screen you’ll find on a smartphone. The phablet is powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region — and sports 6 or 8GB of RAM.

The entry-level model comes with 128GB of storage, while the beefed-up variant has 512GB of space. There’s also a microSD card slot on board, allowing you to increase the storage for an additional 512GB. The Note 9 has a dual-camera setup on the back with dual aperture, packs a massive 4,000mAh battery, and is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. It also comes with the S Pen, which now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that lets you control the handset’s camera with the button on the stylus.

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The Galaxy Note 9 is expensive. The 128GB variant goes for $1,000, while the 512GB model retails for a whopping $1,250 — get it via the button below.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516 ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

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Compared to the Note 9, the Galaxy S9 Plus has a slightly smaller display at 6.2 inches but also sports QHD+ resolution and an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It comes with either the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM. There are three storage variants available: 64, 128, and 256GB.

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Samsung’s phablet features a dual-camera setup at the back with two 12MP sensors, while the selfie snapper comes in at 8MP. It’s IP68 rated, packs a 3,500mAh battery, and support wireless charging. Other specs and features include an iris scanner, Bixby, and stereo speakers.

The entry-level 64GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus launched with a price tag of $840 back in March. The phablet is currently $100 off on Samsung’s website, which means it goes for $740. The 128GB model retails for $790, while the 256GB version can be yours for $860.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 529 ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 400GB
  • Dual 12MP cameras, 9MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, 189g

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Huawei P20 Pro

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The P20 Pro’s display comes in at 6.1 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution. It has an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a notch that houses the 24MP selfie camera, speaker, and proximity sensor. The device has a glass back that comes in a number of gorgeous colors, although a variant with a leather back is also available.

The P20 Pro's triple-camera setup works great in low-light conditions.

The highlight of the P20 Pro is the rear triple-camera setup with 40, 20, and 8MP sensors. It performs great in low-light conditions and supports scene recognition, which recognizes things like food and pets and then adjusts the settings to produce a better image. The phablet also sports a massive 4,000mAh battery, is powered by the Kirin 970 chipset, and has a front-mounted fingerprint scanner — which is not very common on flagships these days.

The phablet launched with a price tag of 900 euros, although it’s now on sale in Germany for as low as 680 euros. The leather version of the tablet that comes with 8GB of RAM and double the storage of the standard P20 Pro launched on September 5 for 1,000 euros.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch AMOLED display with 2,240 x 1,080 resolution, 408 ppi
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of on-board storage, non-expandable
  • 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, 180g

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OnePlus 6

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The cheapest device to make it on our list of the best phablets is the OnePlus 6. The handset sports a 6.28-inch Full HD+ display with a notch and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset. It comes with either 6 or 8GB of RAM.

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The OnePlus 6 sports a dual-camera setup on the back, packs a 3,300mAh battery, and features a 16MP selfie snapper. It runs Android Oreo with the popular OxygenOS skin on top and has a headphone jack on board. However, it lacks a few things generally found on flagships like an IP rating and wireless charging.

The OnePlus 6 offers a great price-performance ratio, with the entry-level model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage retailing for $530. The most expensive model offers 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage and goes for $630.

Specs

  • 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution, 402 ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of on-board storage, non-expandable
  • 16MP and 20MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm, 177g

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LG G7 ThinQ

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The LG G7 ThinQ hasn’t grabbed as much attention as a few of its rivals, but it is still a great phone. It offers a 6.1-inch Quad HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and a notch. Like the majority of 2018 flagships, it’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset.

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The phablet sports a dual-camera setup with a standard and wide angle lens combo. It also packs a 3,000mAh battery, has a headphone jack, and a Quad DAC for an improved audio experience. The device can handle water as well as dust thanks to its IP68 rating. Other specs and features include wireless charging, an 8MP selfie snapper, and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

The G7 ThinQ initially retailed for $750 but is currently on sale at various retailers. You can get the best deal at Best Buy, where the phone costs just $615 — version with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of on-board storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • Dual 16MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm, 162g

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That’s our look at the best phablets of 2018, but we want to hear from you on this subject. Do you agree with this list? Which phablets would you add to this group, and which ones would you remove, if any? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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