1. The 7-inch Huawei MediaPad X1
The 7-inch MediaPad X1 by Huawei is one giant phone. Unlike tablets with a similar display diagonal, the X1 is more a phone than a tablet, evident by its slim bezels all around. In comparison, most 7-inch tablets tower above it.
The MediaPad X1 sports a quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910 processor, has 2GB of RAM, and makes use of a 13MP rear camera. The battery unit powering the giant phablet has a capacity of 5000 mAh, which is enormous.
Miami-based BLU has been gaining traction as of late, largely on the back of mostly Chinese handsets that it then sells under its own brand. If you're looking for a giant phone, however, then the 7-inch (600 x 1024) Studio 7.0 is a good budget choice. It features a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, has 1GB of RAM, and sports a 5-megapixel rear camera. The entire thing is powered by a 3000 mAh battery.
Another Android heavyweight, the 7-inch (600 x 1024) Celkon Xion s CT695 (what a mouthful!) is one big device. The specs on board are less than ideal, though – it's got a dual-core MediaTek MT8132 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 2500 mAh battery.
4. The 7-inch CoolPad Great God/Halo
CoolPad took the veil off its gargantuan, 7-inch Great God (CoolPad Halo for the west) at CES2014 a while ago. The Chinese company is little-known in the US and Europe, but it's actually one of the largest local manufacturers, and appears intent on sticking around. The 1080x1920 resolution screen is powered by MediaTek's new octa-core MT6592 chipset, 2GB of RAM and a 4000mAh battery.
5. The 6.95-inch Cube Talk 69
Another native of China, Cube, after a period of teasers, finally released information about its 6.95-inch, 1080p Talk 69 phablet a while ago. Along with a competitive price tag of about $247 for the Chinese market, the massive phone also comes equipped with a 2GHz, octa-core MT6592 chip, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera and a 3100mAh capacity cell.
Chinese Hisense showcased its behemoth, 6.8-inch X1 phablet during CES2014 in Las Vegas, and promised US availability by the end of Q2 2014. The giant device sports an IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1080x1920, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, a 13-megapixel camera and a healthy, 3900 mAh cell. It is said that the X1 will come packing Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
The Sony Z Ultra may no longer be the world's largest phablet, but it's got style that often dwarfs that of its competitors. Sporting the typical Xperia design language, this phablet's 6.44-inch display sports a 1080x1920 resolution, and is also equipped with a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera.
Nubia, a daughter company of ZTE, has been hard at work lately, and one of the fruits that labor bore is the X6. This massive, 6.4-inch phablet has it all: a beastly quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP shooter with OIS, and an enormous, 4250 mAh cell.
French Archos also won itself a spot in our super-sized chart with the humongous, 6.4-inch 64 Xenon. The phablet's screen has a 720p resolution and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor and 1GB of RAM. Also on-board is an 8MP rear camera and a not-so-generous, 2800 mAh cell.
Having jump-started the entire phablet category essentially on its own, Samsung's answer to the mounting competition is the Galaxy Mega 6.3, and it's no wimp, either. Equipped with a 6.3-inch, 720x1280 pixel resolution LCD screen, the Mega offers a whole lot of phone. Other notable internals include a dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel rear shooter.
The Huawei Ascend Mate 1 and 2 both share the same amount of screen real estate: 6.1-inches of 720x1280 pixel glory. This is the biggest device in Huawei's portfolio and is sure to intrigue admirers of the large screen form factor.
The Motorola-made Google Nexus 6 hit the fan base as quite the surprise. It's not only the the first modern Nexus device to retail at non-subsidized, dirt-cheap prices, but it's also the first phablet for the line-up. The 6-inch display of the N6 has quite a few pixels trapped within – 1440x2560 (QHD) to be exact, and the rest of the hardware is nothing to sneeze at, either. We're talking a beastly quad-core Snapdragon 805, 3 gigs of RAM, and a 13-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and two LED flashes arranged in a ring.
After playing a role of catch-up for quite some time, Nokia finally caught up with the competition with the Lumia 1520. This 6-inch, 1080p beast sports some rad hardware for a Windows Phone device, including a Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM, a 3400mAh cell and an impressive 20-megapixel shooter.
The Nokia Lumia 1320 can be seen as the budget-friendly version of the Lumia 1520. This obviously means that the super high-end hardware has been stripped down significantly, meaning a less crisp 720x1280 resolution panel, a dual-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB of RAM, 3400mAh cell, and a 5-megapixel snapper.
The Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2 is among the most conservative phablets out there, at least size wise. Its 6-inch, 1080x1920 resolution display is a beaut, while the phablet's dimensions are, at the same time, kept in check thanks to its super-slim bezels. Hardware highlights include an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13.1-megapixel camera, and a 3100mAh battery.
Chinese Vivo earned itself quite some media attention, thanks to the simple fact that its Xplay 3S was the first smartphone to pack a QHD (1440x2560) resolution screen. In addition, the 6-incher is all-round bulletproof in terms of hardware. It's powered by the highest-powered version of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, a 3200mAh battery and features a fingerprint scanner.
The LG G Flex debuted as the world's first truly bendable smartphone, and just about everything you'll found on its specs sheet screams bleeding edge. It sports a 6-inch, 720x1280 resolution flexible P-OLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel camera. Moreover, its rear panel has been treated with a special coating that 'heals' trivial scratches.
The Lenovo S930 is an affordable phablet with some middling internals. It's equipped with a massive 6-inch, 720x1280 resolution display, a quad-core MT6582, 3000mAh cell and an 8-megapixel snapper.
With a suggested price of $199, the Asus released the super-affordable Zenfone 6, a part of the Taiwanese company's line of budget phones. Sacrifices were obviously made to arrive at such a compelling price point, so you 'only' get a dual-core, 2GHz Intel Atom Z2580 chip, 1GB of RAM, a 3230mAh cell, and a 13-megapixel snapper.
Acer wasn't about to miss out on all the phablet fun that's to be had in 2014, either. The Liquid S2 is the company's answer to the increasingly popular phablet category, and it's sporting quite the hardware on it. This includes Qualcomm's finest, the Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, a 3300mAh cell and a 13-megapixel rear camera.
The 6-inch Vibe Z2 Pro is Lenovo's most advanced phablet ever. Period. Within the body of this metal all-metal giant you'll find a mighty quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16MP camera with OIS, and a massive, 4000 mAh battery.
Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra and T2 Ultra dual in the middle of January 2014, and we recently finally had the chance to play around with this 6-inch, 720x1280 resolution phablet. On the inside, the 7.6 mm-thin T2 Ultra is packing a quad-core, 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel shooter with Exmor RS sensor and is powered by a 3000mAh embedded battery.
Having essentially created the phablet category, Samsung is no stranger to big devices. The Galaxy Mega 2, however, shaved a few inches of its display's diagonal, and is now settling for a 6-inch panel. The phone is also powered by an octa-core Exynos processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and sports an 8MP rear camera. The unit packs a 2800 mAh juicer.
The 6-inch Mate7 is Huawei's best phablet yet. Packed within its stylish metal body is an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 925 chipset, 3GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, and a record-large, 4200 mAh battery pack that will last you two days and over.
Alcatel is not new to the giant phablet form factor, and the Hero 2 is its second XXL-sized smartphone. The 6-incher packs worthy hardware, too, including an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13.1MP camera, all of which is powered by a 3100 mAh cell.
ZTE took the wraps off the giant Grand Memo II LTE at MWC 2014, and the phone has been going strong in its home country of China ever since. It sports a 6-inch, 720p display, is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB of RAM, and has a 13MP rear-facing camera. This giant features a massive, 3200 mAh battery.
HP isn't a name you hear often when talking about smartphones, but its 6-inch (720 x 1280) Slate VoiceTab II definitely qualifies. The rest of the internals include a quad-core Marvell PXA1088 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 3000 mAh battery.
The 6-inch Alcatel OneTouch POP Mega is nothing fancy in terms of the hardware on board. It makes do with a lowly 540 x 960 resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and a monstrous 3400 mAh battery (this should last the phablet for a long, long time).
If you're looking for a cheap, large phablet, then you can grab the 6-inch (720 x 1280) Plum Coach Plus II off Amazon for about $150 right now. That kind of money gets you a quad-core MediaTek MT6582M processor, 512MB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and 2400 mAh battery.
Announced at the beginning of 2015, the ZTE X Max+ is another giant handset that is well-deserving of its spot on our rank list. It's got a 6-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel selfi snapper. Powering all of these is a healthy 3200 mAh cell.
The 5.9-inch Oppo N1 gets an honorary mention, as we simply couldn't imagine leaving it out. Its 1080p screen is nearly as massive as the one found on the rest of the giant-screened devices before it, and its hardware is nothing short of high-end, either. It packs a Snapdragon 600 chip, 2GB of RAM, a 3600mAh battery and a swivel-rotated 13-megapixel camera.
The 5.9-inch HTC One max also gets an honorary mention, thanks to its stylish looks and compelling hardware. It packs the usual -- a Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, and a 3300mAh battery, but also one of HTC's proprietary (and disappointing) 4MP UltraPixel cameras, a fingerprint sensor, and a set of front-facing stereo speakers.
LG followed up on the original 5.5-inch LG G Pro with the G Pro 2, and, as you've probably figured out, the specs weren't the only thing that got an upgrade. Indeed, the 5.9-inch LG G Pro 2 is quite the device to behold, and comes packing some high-end hardware, including a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13MP camera with OIS. The unit is powered by a hearty, 3200 mAh battery.
At 5.9-inches, the Oppo U3 may sound like a small device next to what else is on the list, but it's certainly still a pretty giant device. Its screen has a resolution of 1080 x 1920, and the device is powered by a potent octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor and 2 gigs of RAM. The rest of the specs include a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel selfie snapper, and a 3000 mAh battery.