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The Best Smartphones with Large Display

November 2021 Update. The current trend in smartphone displays is a complete reversal of the last trend in cell phone displays before the smartphone entered: displays are getting increasingly larger. One reason are our changed habits and the ways in which we use modern smartphones. Telephony became texting and posting, social media and media consumption applications are now more important than ever and benefit immensely from large content display allotments. The following table contains the best smartphones with large displays reviewed by us.
Mike Wobker (translated by Finn D. Boerne), 🇩🇪 🇹🇷 ...

Smartphones with a display larger than 6.5-inches are no longer the exception. If you are looking for the largest displays available this list may be very helpful as it contains the best smartphones with displays that measure at least 6.8-inches diagonally.

The following rankings might be interesting for you smartphone purchase decision as well:

The Best Smartphones with Large Display

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Thickness
Weight
Screen-Body
Ratio
Refresh-Rate
Size
Resolution
190.2 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy S21 UltraSamsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 2100 5G
ARM Mali-G78 MP14
12 GB Memory, 128 GB 
8.9 mm227 g89 %120 Hz6.80"3200x1440
289.1 %
06/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11 UltraXiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 660
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
8.38 mm234 g91 %120 Hz6.81"3200x1440
388.7 %
09/2021
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5GSamsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 660
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
6.4 mm271 g90 %120 Hz7.60"2208x1768
487.4 %
04/2021
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 660
16 GB Memory, 512 GB 
9.9 mm259 g82 %144 Hz6.92"2460x1080
587.1 %
02/2021
Xiaomi Mi 11Xiaomi Mi 11
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 660
8 GB Memory, 128 GB 
8.06 mm196 g91.4 %120 Hz6.81"3200x1440
686.4 %
09/2021
ZTE Axon 30 5GZTE Axon 30 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 650
8 GB Memory, 128 GB 
7.8 mm189 g86 %120 Hz6.92"2460x1080
783.2 %
10/2021
Nubia RedMagic 6S ProNubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Plus 5G
Qualcomm Adreno 660
12 GB Memory, 128 GB 
9.8 mm220 g85 %165 Hz6.80"2400x1080
882.3 %
01/2021
LG WingLG Wing
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Qualcomm Adreno 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
10.9 mm260 g87 %060 Hz6.80"2460x1080
980.9 %
09/2021
new
Motorola Moto G60sMotorola Moto G60s
Mediatek Helio G95
ARM Mali-G76 MP4
4 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9.6 mm212 g85.3 %120 Hz6.80"2480x1080
1077.4 %
03/2021
new
Motorola Moto G9 PowerMotorola Moto G9 Power
Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
Qualcomm Adreno 610
4 GB Memory, 128 GB eMMC
9.7 mm221 g83 %060 Hz6.80"1640x720
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The table above contains an overview over the best phablets reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

This month, we see two new entries at the bottom of this list, the Motorola Moto G60s and the Motorola Moto G9 Power. Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max deserves an honorary mention as it is a great device yet barely misses the threshold to be considered a candidate for this particular list.

Given that we have two new entries we have to say goodbye to two other devices. This month, we say goodbye to the Nokia 8.3 5G as well as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G.

1st – Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features a 6.8-inch extremely bright Super AMOLED display running in WQHD+ resolution with support for an adaptive 120 Hz refresh rate. It is powered by an Exynos 2100 with at least 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128 GB of internal storage and 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage in the high-end SKU. MicroSD expension is no longer supported.

Its quad-camera features a 108 MP sensor, an ultra-wide angle lens, and two zoom lenses with 3x and 10x optical zoom, respectively, and support for up to 100x digital zoom. Supported communication standards include 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and NFC. Battery life was decent overall. The device also supports Samsung’s S-Pen although it is not included by default and needs to be purchased separately.

In our review, the S21 Ultra managed to prove its value. However, VHT160 Wi-Fi turned out to be rather poor, and the lack of Bluetooth audio codecs can be frustrating at times.

2nd – Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra

The Mi 11 Ultra is a powerful high-end smartphone by Xiaomi. It represents the pinnacle of Xiaomi’s current flagship lineup and feels very premium indeed. Its camera performs very well, particularly regarding colors. The 5x optical zoom does a great job enlarging objects without loss in quality, and thanks to its good optical image stabilization photos remain crisp and in focus. The large camera sensor is also excellent in capturing what little light there is when it gets dark to produce well-made low-light photos.

The Mi 11 Ultra is an excellent smartphone with a bright and colorful display.

 One of the highlights is the small display at the rear. Among other things it enables you to take selfies using the main camera. A total of 256 GB of internal storage should suffice for almost everybody, and the powerful high-end Qualcomm SoC paired with 12 GB of RAM make for an excellent experience when running any application whatsoever. The colorful 120 Hz OLED display did a fantastic job overall.

Xiaomi devices are not officially sold in North America.

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3rd – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G is a powerful piece of technology no longer aimed exclusively at enthusiasts and early adopters. This third generation foldable smartphone offers the sophisticated benefits of a high-end smartphone paired with the capabilities of a foldable display. It also supports Samsung’s S-Pen, which makes sense given its size.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is a powerful piece of technology capable of giving even future competitors a run for their money.

There aren’t really that many flaws with the Fold 3 other than maybe the fact that when folded it half it is quite bulky, particularly around the cameras. Its main camera is great and, even though it lacks a super high-resolution sensor, very capable of keeping up with its competitors. Its ultra-wide-angle lens on the other hand is low in detail, and should have performed better considering the price range the device occupies.

The Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G is available on Amazon with prices starting at $1,600.

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4th – Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2

The Legion Phone Duel 2 by Lenovo is an all-around improved version of its own predecessor. Its performance is higher, and its handling options are more extensive than before. Other areas of improvement include software and battery life, which combined with everything else means the phone was improved significantly overall.

However, not all is well, and there are a few downsides. For example, the 6.92-inch display is dimmer than before, and its color accuracy has suffered as well. In return, PWM frequency was increased, and sensitive users can enable DC dimming instead. In addition to very noticeable heat emissions its active cooler also made itself very obvious.

Every now and then gamers use their smartphone for purposes other than gaming, such as for example taking photos, and the Legion Phone Duel 2 performed very well in this regard as well. However, gaming smartphones come at a high price, quite literally. However, US customers wouldn’t know anything about that since the device is not yet officially sold by Lenovo in North America.

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5th – Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11
Xiaomi Mi 11

The Xiaomi Mi 11 features a large 6.81-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display running at a high 1440p resolution. Its Snapdragon 888 should ensure a very high level of system performance but is unable to keep it up for a long time due to the device’s mediocre cooling. Nevertheless, it remains a fast chip with access to 8 GB of RAM and either 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable internal storage.

Its triple camera worked decent overall, but its battery life was only average in return. We liked its speakers and its lightning fast 55 W quick charging feature.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 is not officially available in the US yet but can be imported directly from China, for example through TradingShenzhen.

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6th – ZTE Zxon 30 5G

ZTE Axon 20
ZTE Axon 20

The ZTE Axon 30 5G was improved over its Axon 20 predecessor in many regards and offers an overall modern and attractive package. Its fast Qualcomm SoC makes for fast system and gaming performance, its accurate 120 Hz display makes for smooth animations and images, and its under-display camera is so well hidden that it is barely visible anymore.

The ZTE Axon 30 5G offers so much more than just a well-hidden under-display camera.

However, not all that glitters is gold, and the under-display camera’s performance while improved is still lacking. In return, its rear-facing main camera performed very well overall.  If you are looking for a large display without interruptions and fast system performance the Axon 30 5G may be worth a closer look.

Axon smartphones are not sold in North America.

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7th – Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro

Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro
Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro

The RedMagic 6S Pro is a gaming smartphone made by Nubia. Its spec sheet promises a very high level of performance, and it is the first smartphone with a 165 Hz display. Two additional trigger buttons and a powerful battery add extra functionality for gaming.

The RedMagic 6S Pro is an overall improvement over the 6R but is uncapable of keeping its Snapdragon 888+ cool despite active cooling.

Its largest benefit when compared to the 6R is the built-in fan that can get fairly loud. It offers additional cooling for the Snapdragon 888+ SoC when things get toasty. Its cameras are average overall, and at its price of around 600 Euros the device is a very decent gaming smartphone.

The Nubia RedMagic 6S Pro is not available in North America. An unlocked international GSM-only model is listed on Amazon for $830.

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8th – LG Wing

LG Wing
LG Wing

The LG Wing is the first in a completely new line of smartphone formats. Underneath its 6.8-inch main display sits a secondary 3.9-inch display that slides out and rotates to form a T-shaped dual-display smartphone. Both displays are based on OLED technology and thus offer a high contrast ratio. The smaller of the two displays was slightly dimmer than the larger one though.

From a hardware perspective the smartphone could be considered upper mid-range as it includes features such as wireless charging, IP54 certification, and 5G. During our review we failed to notice any major downsides apart from the high battery drain caused by the secondary display and the Wing’s high price.

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9th – Motorola Moto G60s

Motorola Moto G60s
Motorola Moto G60s

Thanks to its TurboPower50 charging technology the Motorola Moto G60s's 5,000 mAh battery can be charged from 0 % to 100 % in less than an hour. Luckily, the devices comes with a compatible power supply, and its remaining hardware is worth mentioning as well. At a low price you get sleek and pure Android system without any extra bloat.

The Motorola Moto G60s offers a fast 120 Hz display and fast 30 W charging at a low price.

The large 120 Hz display allows for smooth scrolling and comfortable use, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack and microSD card slot are the icing on the cake. If you’re looking for a good and affordable smartphone with a large display look no further.

The Motorola Moto G60s is not available in the US. Imported international unlocked GSM-only models can be purchased among others on Amazon with prices starting at around $300. 

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10th – Motorola Moto G9 Power

Motorola Moto G9 Power
Motorola Moto G9 Power

The Motorola Moto G9 Power is a smartphone with fast Wi-Fi, plenty of storage, and first and foremost good battery life. Performance may not be particularly impressive but given its low price this is an acceptable compromise. Its location services work well, and its cameras takes good photos. Its display could have had a higher resolution and could have been a bit brighter but at least it turned out to be fairly color accurate overall.

Motorola’s Moto G9 Power offers a long battery life and lacks major flaws.

If you’re looking for a large smartphone with pure Android and no major flaws the Moto G9 Power might be right for you. Battery life is excellent thanks to its 6,000 mAh battery, and the device is fairly affordable overall.

The Motorola Moto G9 Power is not available in the US. Imported international unlocked GSM-only models can be purchased among others on Amazon with prices starting at around $200.

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The Best Smartphones with Large Display in Comparison

Size Comparison

176 mm / 6.93 inch 78.5 mm / 3.09 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 259 g0.571 lbs172.1 mm / 6.78 inch 76.5 mm / 3.01 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 221 g0.4872 lbs169.5 mm / 6.67 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 10.9 mm / 0.4291 inch 260 g0.573 lbs169.86 mm / 6.69 inch 77.19 mm / 3.04 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 220 g0.485 lbs169.6 mm / 6.68 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 9.6 mm / 0.378 inch 212 g0.4674 lbs170.2 mm / 6.7 inch 77.8 mm / 3.06 inch 7.8 mm / 0.3071 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 227 g0.5 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.38 mm / 0.3299 inch 234 g0.516 lbs164.3 mm / 6.47 inch 74.6 mm / 2.94 inch 8.06 mm / 0.3173 inch 196 g0.4321 lbs158.2 mm / 6.23 inch 128.1 mm / 5.04 inch 6.4 mm / 0.252 inch 271 g0.597 lbs
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