2017’s best big screen smartphones: From Apple iPhone X to Google Pixel 2 XL
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The definition of big screen on smartphones has changed a lot in the last one year. From the standard 5.5-inch screen, phonemakers have moved to bigger 6-inch mark, without compromising on the size and weight. This has been made possible by reducing the size of bezels or in some cases removing them completely. Bigger screen means more room for watching movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime and greater flexibility while playing games with touch buttons.
Here are the top smartphones with big screen from the year gone by for gamers and movie buffs.
Apple iPhone X
The iPhone X take the whole minimalistic bezel concept to new level, There is hardly any unutilized space around the screen expect for a small strip called notch for the front camera. The smartphone packs in a 5.8-inch screen which offers resolution of 2,436x1,125p and supports 4K HDR, yet looks much smaller than the iPhone 8 and weighs just 174g. Powering the iPhone X is Apple’s powerful A11 Bionic chipset, which according to Apple, is 75% faster than the predecessor A10 chispet.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Google’s Pixel 2 XL is one of the best Android smartphone you can get if budget is not a constraint. The trademark dual colour tone on the back and the big 6-inch screen AMOLED screen on the front make it hard to ignore. The screen packs an impressive resolution of 2,880x1,440p and unique aspect ratio of 18:9. With pure Android interface on top and Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor inside with 4GB RAM, the smartphone delivers blazing fast performance ideal for gaming enthusiast.
Samsung Galaxy S8+
The other notable addition to the big screen phones is the Samsung Galaxy S8+. It has an even bigger 6.2-inch AMOLED screen with resolution of 2,560x1,440p and aspect ratio of 18:9. Its screen also looks more edge to edge as they are slightly curved around the side. What makes it a better bet than the Galaxy Note 8 is the smaller and lighter footprint. It is only 73.4mm wide and weighs just 173g, while the Note 8 tips the scales at 195g, and has a 6.3-inch screen. The Galaxy S8+ is powered by the same Exynos 8895 octa-core processor used in Note 8. Paired with 4GB RAM, it is capable for handling most high-end games with ease.
LG’s new smartphone offers a 6-inch OLED screen with resolution of 2,880x1,440p and aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone has no vertical bezels and very thin horizontal bezels around the screen. Holding it won’t be difficult as it weighs just 158g and 75.8mm wide. It has a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and three digital filters for lossless audio experience. For top notch gaming experience LG has used the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core process and paired it with 6GB RAM.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi was one of the first adopters of bezel-less design with the Mi Mix. But it wasn’t released outside China. The Mi Mix 2 is an upgraded version of it and offers a 6-inch LCD screen with practically no bezels on three sides. Its screen resolution is similar to OnePlus 5t. The smartphone itself is quite compact and handy, but weighs 184g due to the ceramic back finish. The innards include the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage which offers plenty of space for graphic intensive games and high resolution movies.
One Plus 5T
The successor to OnePlus 5, the new smartphone has a bigger 6-inch AMOLED screen with thin horizontal bezels. It is a bright looking screen with resolution of 2,160x1,080p and has sunlight mode which automatically enhances brightness when the screen is used outdoors. The OnePlus 5T has a metal back and despite the bigger screen the phone doesn’t feel big. It is just 156mm tall, 75mm wide and weighs 162g. Powering the smartphone is Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with up to 8GB RAM.
Xiaomi Mi Max 2
For users looking for a truly big screen smartphone without having to spend so much, Xiaomi’s Mi Max 2 is the best available option. It has massive 6.4-inch LCD display comes with a healthy resolution of 1,920x1,080p. Its bezels are wider than any of the smartphones in the list, which makes it somewhat bigger in size. However, due to the slim profile, lustreless metal back and 210g form factor, it is still manageable with two hands. The Mi Max 2 is powered by an adequately powerful Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM and a long lasting 5,300mAh battery.