Your buying guide for the best big phones in 2020

Phones used to be small. Even the first iPhone only had a 3.5in display that today looks remarkably tiny. The iPhone 11 Pro Max has a 6.5in display, and it isn’t the only phone with one that big. In fact, Apple was relatively late to the big phone party.

You may have heard the term phablet, which means phone-tablet. If you’re anything like us, you might even want to use a large phone all the time and not even have a tablet at all.

Size matters

Most phones with displays over 5.5in (measured corner to corner) are considered phablets, but in recent times phones have got taller and thinner displays in order to fit in larger overall displays. Most of the phones in this chart have these taller aspect ratios as they are known.

That's why in our chart below we've listed the screen sizes and aspect ratios of the phones to give you an idea of how wide or tall the displays are.

Not all phones with large screens could be considered ‘big’ though - Despite its 5.7in screen we wouldn't consider the regular Galaxy S9 to be a phablet, because its tiny bezels mean it's not a huge handset, yet we would consider the iPhone 8 Plus a phablet with its 5.5in screen, a regular 16:9 display aspect ratio and big bezels. 

Samsung, Huawei, LG and others all have phones that require two handed use most of the time, such is the size of their displays. But big phones have other great benefits like larger batteries and the pay-off is often well worth it. Though some need the large battery as the big screen drains the cell faster. 

The benefits

Watching films and TV becomes much more pleasant on a large screen phone and you’ll find yourself appreciating the photos you take even more when viewed on a big, vibrant display. 

Take into account that the number of pixels will be stretched over a larger screen area, so a Quad-HD screen will be appreciated here more than it would on a compact phone. That said, though, even a full-HD screen will look crystal clear on a big phone - just watch out for anything lower in resolution than this. 

Note that we'll add the Galaxy S20 range once we've reviewed the phones. 

Best big phone 2020

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
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Screen size: 6.8in
Aspect ratio: 19:9

Samsung has never done a plus model of the Note range before but here's the 6.8in whopper. It's 0.4in bigger than the Note 9's display yet the phone itself is only marginally bigger. With the S Pen, Wireless PowerShare and other features, the Note 10 Plus is a phablet-lovers dream.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review

2. OnePlus 7 Pro

OnePlus 7 Pro
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Screen size: 6.67in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The OnePlus 7 Pro's display is not only big, it's beautiful: this curved glass AMOLED screen has a 90z refresh rate and HDR10+ support, which means it makes just about everything else look better. Throw in a great triple camera, top specs, and strong software and you have a strong package indeed.

Read our full OnePlus 7 Pro review

3. Asus ROG Phone 2

Asus ROG Phone 2
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Screen size: 6.59in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

It's a bit of a brick but the Asus ROG Phone 2 is truely outstanding in many ways. This is a gaming phone through and through with powerful performance along with a huge screen that's got a slick 120Hz refresh rate. It's also got a whopping 6000mAh battery.

It won't appeal to everyone one but this thing is a beast.

Read our full Asus ROG Phone 2 review

4. Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL
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Screen size: 6.3in
Aspect ratio: 18.5:9

If you can handle that notch then the Google Pixel 3 XL is one of the best big phones you can get right now. It's got the best cameras on a smartphone, good software, solid battery life and a well calibrated OLED panel.

Read our full Google Pixel 3 XL review

5. Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi Mi Note 10
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Screen size: 6.47in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

If you're looking for a great value big phone then check out the Mi Note 10. It might be more expensive than other Xiaomi phones but it's still a bargin compared to rivals. It's got a 108Mp, gorgeous design and excellent battery life.

Read our full Xiaomi Mi Note 10 review

6. Samsung Galaxy S20+

Samsung Galaxy S20+
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Screen size: 6.7in
Aspect ratio: 20:9

The bigger (although not the biggest) of Samsung's 2020 Galaxy S flagship line is an outstanding device with a beautiful WQHD+ HDR10+ display that supports up to 120Hz visuals, top-tier performance and a capable triple-lens camera.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20+ review

7. Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro
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Screen size: 6.47in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The P30 Pro is probably Huawei's best phone yet: a big display and beautiful design paired with a phenomenal triple rear camera boasting a 5x optical zoom telephoto lens.

Read our full Huawei P30 Pro review

8. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom

Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
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Screen size: 6.7in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The Reno is another big-screen phone that uses a clever trick to make the most of that space: hiding its selfie camera and flash module inside a 'shark fin' that rotates out of the top of the phone. Silly? Yeah. But it does let you enjoy that giant AMOLED without distractions.

Read our full Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review

9. Apple iPhone 11

Apple iPhone 11
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Screen size: 6.1in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The iPhone 11 is the best value high-end iPhone to date, essentially an update to the popular XR. It's LCD but still a very well calibrated panel with excellent touch response. If you're a gamer it's a great choice, and comes in six colours.

Read our full Apple iPhone 11 review

10. Moto G7

Moto G7
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Screen size: 6.2in
Aspect ratio: 19:9

The best cheaper phone with a large display, the Moto G7 does a lot of what pricier phone can do for less. You compromise on screen quality and resolution, but if you want a phone with a big screen and decent performance that doesn't break the bank, this is it.

Read our full Moto G7 review