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

Those days are long gone. Consumers spoke with their wallets, and now the phablet is the preferred type of smartphone for many, perhaps most, 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 6.2 inches or larger. And even now that term is starting to fall out of fashion as these sizes simply become the norm.

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 9 -- one of the best phablets available

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, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of 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

The Galaxy S9 Plus phablet

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 is available for $840, while the other two storage options go for $890 and $960. However, prices are likely to go down soon, as the Galaxy S10 series is just around the corner.

Specs

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 529ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of 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 Mate 20 Pro

huawei mate 20 pro

Not only is the Mate 20 Pro one of the best phablets out there, it’s also the best Huawei phone you can get right now. Its biggest highlight is the triple-camera setup on the back, which takes great photos — even in low light. The device also sports an in-display fingerprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, and a large 6.39-inch curved display.

The Mate 20 Pro sports a massive 4,200mAh battery.

The Mate 20 Pro is the market leader in battery life thanks to its massive 4,200mAh cell. It supports wireless charging as well as reverse wireless charging, which is a nice feature on paper but painfully slow in real life.

Huawei’s phablet is available in a lot of regions including Europe, where it launched for around 1,000 euros (~$1,140). Unfortunately, Huawei said the phone will not be released in the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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OnePlus 6T

The front of OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T features a large 6.41-inch display with a waterdrop notch approximately 75 percent smaller than the predecessor. The handset comes with top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM. There’s even a special McLaren Edition available bumps the RAM up to 10GB.

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OnePlus’ phablet comes with a dual-camera setup on the back, a 3,700mAh battery that gets from zero to 100 percent in about 80 minutes, and up to 256GB of storage. However, it’s missing an official IP rating, wireless charging, and a headphone jack.

The OnePlus 6T offer great value for money, with the entry-level version retailing for $550. Pricing goes up to $700 for the high-end McLaren Edition.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8/10GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

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LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ in hand showing home screen

LG’s phablet comes with a 6.4-inch display featuring Quad HD+ resolution and a notch on top. The V40 ThinQ is the best phone in the company’s lineup and a great option if you’re into music and photography.

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It has a headphone jack on board as well as a Quad DAC that provides higher quality sound, less distortion, less noise, and better dynamic range. The phone also features a total of five cameras — three on the back and two on the front. They aren’t the best in the business, but they are capable of capturing some great looking shots.

The V40 ThinQ is an expensive phone, coming in at $900. It might cost a little more than the Galaxy S9 Plus, but the phablet is frequently on sale, so you can get it for less if you buy it at the right time.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, expandable up to 2TB
  • 12, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 8 and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6, 169g

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Google Pixel 3 XL

Pixel 3 XL hands on

The last phone on our list of the best phablets is the Pixel 3 XL, which sports a 6.3-inch display with a gigantic notch. It’s one of the best — if not the best — phones for photography, despite only having a single camera at the back. It takes fantastic photos, even in low light, thanks to Google’s Night Sight technology.

What makes the Google Pixel 3 XL one of the best phablets is its fantastic camera and a great software experience.

In addition to the camera, the Pixel 3 XL other very popular feature is its software experience. It runs a stock version of Android, which means no bloatware and super-fast updates. The phone also offers high-end specs including a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 4GB of RAM, and wireless charging. The Active Edge feature is also on board, which lets you launch Assistant by squeezing the edges of the phone.

The Pixel 3 XL doesn’t have a headphone jack, which is almost the new standard for flagships these days. The entry-level version with 64GB of storage goes for $900, while the 128GB variant can be yours for $1,000.

Specs

  • 6.3-inch P-OLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 523ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12.2MP rear camera, dual 8MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,430mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 158 x 76.7 x 7.9mm, 184g

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That’s our look at the best phablets you can currently buy, 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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