Your buying guide for the best big phones in 2019

Phones used to be small. Even the first iPhone only had a 3.5in display that today looks remarkably tiny.

The iPhone XS 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. 

These are the ten best big screen phones you can buy today.

Do bear in mind before you buy that the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus were announced on 7 August. We'll be adding Note 10 to our chart when we've finished our full reviews, but in the meantime you can check out our hands-on.

Best big phone 2019

1. 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 the best big phone right now.

Read our full OnePlus 7 Pro review

2. 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

3. OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T
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Screen size: 6.41in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The OnePlus 6T marries excellent premium design with a large OLED display and a price that's more manageable than some other high-end phones. With fast charging and amazing battery life it's a solid choice if you want a large display device. 

Read our full OnePlus 6T review

4. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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Screen size: 6.4in
Aspect ratio: 19:9

The latest Galaxy S phone is best when big. The S10 Plus boasts the best display on any phone with a pill shaped cut out in the top right corner for the front facing cameras. Performance is outstanding and the triple rear cameras are very versatile. 

Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review

5. 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

6. Huawei Mate 20 X

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Screen size: 7.2in
Aspect ratio: 18.7:9

With the largest screen of any phone on this list, the Mate 20 X is a souped up version of the Mate 20 Pro. It has a headphone jack, tiny notch, fingerprint sensor and blazing fast performance, topped off with truly world beating battery life.

Read our full Huawei Mate 20 X review

7. 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

8. Apple iPhone XR

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Screen size: 6.1in
Aspect ratio: 19.5:9

The iPhone XR is the best value high-end iPhone to date with a display larger than the regular iPhone XS. 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 XR review

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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Screen size: 6.4in
Aspect ratio: 18.5:9

The Note 9 is the large screen Samsung phone to go for if you don't want a notch or a cut out. The display itself is phenomenal, and it's the only phone on the market that integrates a stylus well or in any meaningful way. Battery life is also stellar.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review

10. 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