Big screen smartphones have been the rage for a while now. Initially popularised by Samsung and other first tier smartphone makers, big screens quickly trickled down to the mid-range and then to the budget smartphone segment, with companies like Xiaomi, Motorola and others capitalising on the trend.
However, not all displays are created equal. If you are looking for a smartphone with a big, vivid display, we have compiled a list of the best big screen smartphones in India across different price segments.
Google Pixel 3 XL
OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,430mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP+8MP
Best camera phone we’ve tested
Problem-free 6.3-inch OLED display
Solid battery life vs smaller Pixel 3
The notch cut out is hard to ignore
Not one-hand friendly as Pixel 3
More expensive, like all 2018 phones
The latest flagship smartphone from Google is easily the best camera on a smartphone this year, but the Pixel 3 XL also comes with a modern design and a big 6.3-inch OLED display.
The Pixel 3 XL’s big high-resolution display is complemented by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and 4GB RAM which is good enough to binge watch Netflix or Hotstar occasionally and you get the cleanest UI experience.
Also Read: Google Pixel 3 XL review
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Beautiful 6.4-inch Infinity Display
Superb camera, even in low light
Bluetooth S Pen shortcuts are fun
For all intents and purposes, the Galaxy Note 9 is a flawless device. In fact, it would not be wrong to call it a product of the best consumer-facing technologies that Samsung can offer. Featuring a stunning 6.3-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note 9 delivers on all fronts – it offers a stunning, vivid display, a powerful chipset, a dual camera setup and a minimal design that stays functional.
Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review
Apple iPhone XS Max
OS: iOS 12.1 | Screen size: 6.5-inch | Resolution: 1242 x 2688 | CPU: A12 Bionic | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB/512GB | Battery: 3,174mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Screen great for gaming & movies
Camera is a strong offering
Price: most expensive iPhone ever
Apple's biggest display on an iPhone ever, the XS Max is the perfect phone for gaming and watching TV shows or movies. If budget is not a constraint, the iPhone XS Max is the phone to go for as it brings a supersized experience to the table that is very user centric- a vivid screen that is backed by great audio output and the sheer power of the A12 Bionic.
Also Read: Apple iPhone XS Max review
OS: Android 9.0 Pie | Screen size: 6.41-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 16MP+20MP | Front camera: 16MP
Great battery life
Impressive rear camera
No headphone jack
'Only' full HD resolution
OnePlus is the top smartphone maker in the premium smartphone segment in India. Their latest offering provides high-end specs at nearly half the price of other flagship smartphones. The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch Full HD+ resolution display and weighs 185 grams. The all-metal unibody design lends the phone a premium look, and the curved back design makes it easier to grip the phone. The 19.5:9 aspect ratio of the waterdrop display is perfect for consuming content on the go. This, coupled with the Snapdragon 845 onboard makes for one beast of smartphone.
Also Read: OnePlus 6T review
With phones getting bigger with every iteration, gripping them becomes a little difficult. With the Vivo Nex, the company has tried to alleviate this problem to a certain extend by going all-in on a bezel-less design. While most smartphone makers have tried to use a mix of improvements in industrial design and notch displays to accommodate the front camera and sensors, Vivo has gone ahead and removed the front camera from the face of the phone. Instead, it now pops up whenever you need it.
Apart from this ingenious design, the Vivo Nex is also one of the first few phones to feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone has a 6.59-inch display, but due to its design, it may not be all that difficult to grip it.
Asus Zenfone 5z
Not the one to be left behind in the race of bezel-less phones with notch displays, Asus recently launched the Zenfone 5Z featuring a 6.2-inch display in India. The smartphone is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset paired with up to 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. At a price of Rs. 29,999, the Zenfone 5Z undercuts the new OnePlus 6 while offering flagship-grade specs.
Nokia 7 Plus
First showcased at Mobile World Congress 2018, the Nokia 7 Plus is the company's solution for buyers looking for a solid and complete mid-range phone. Priced at Rs 24,999, the phone is a well suited device for long-term users. The phone not just feels durable but also comes with stock Android Oreo under Android One Program, that ensures software updates for three consecutive years.
Out of all the new Nokia devices, this one has the largest display at 6-inches, and also has an 18:9 aspect ratio.
Also Read: Nokia 7 Plus review