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 2 XL
The latest flagship smartphone from Google has earned a lot of accolades for its stunning camera, but the Pixel 2 XL also comes with a modern design and a big 6-inch Quad HD display, featuring P-OLED display technology.
The Pixel 2 XL’s big high-resolution display is complemented by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB RAM.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 was an exhibit of the best consumer-facing technologies that Samsung had to offer at the time. Featuring a stunning 6.3-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note 8 delivered on all fronts – it offers a stunning, vivid display, a powerful chipset, a dual camera setup and a minimal design.
After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, the Galaxy Note 8 had to be a flawless device – and for all intents and purposes, it is.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi ushered in the trend of super thin bezels with the Mi Mix in 2016, but it was lacking in some aspects. With the Mi Mix 2, Xiaomi made some changes – the display size has come down to 5.99 inches from 6.4 inches, and the weight of the phone has been reduced to 185 grams, down from 209 grams. This makes the Mi Mix 2 much more portable and a better prospect for most users out there.
OnePlus entered India in the fag end of 2014 and since then, the company has made great progress in India, becoming the top smartphone maker in the premium smartphone segment in the country. The OnePlus 6 is the latest offering from the smartphone maker, offering high-end specs at nearly half the price of other flagship smartphones.
The OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch Full HD+ resolution display and weighs 177 grams. The all-metal unibody design lends the phone a premium look, and the curved back design along with the 19:9 aspect ratio of the display make it easier to grip the phone.
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.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
Coming to the budget smartphone segment, Xiaomi has another big screen smartphone – the Mi Max 2. Building on the success of the original Mi Max, the Mi Max 2 comes with a big 6.44-inch display and an equally impressive 5,300mAh battery, making it one of the longest lasting modern smartphones out there.
The Mi Max 2 also comes with an improved 12MP camera compared to the 16MP unit in its predecessor.
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.
(The Nokia 7 Plus review is awaited.)