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The Best Smartphones with Large Display

July 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 (over 6.8-inches)

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Thickness
Weight
Screen-Body
Ratio
Refresh-Rate
Size
Resolution
190 %
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 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy Note20 UltraSamsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
Samsung Exynos 990
ARM Mali-G77 MP11
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
8.1 mm208 g92 %120 Hz6.90"3088x1440
389 %
06/2021
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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
487 %
10/2020
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5GSamsung Galaxy Z Fold2 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (Plus)
Qualcomm Adreno 650
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
6.9 mm279 g90 %120 Hz7.60"2208x1768
587 %
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
687 %
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
785 %
06/2020
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 ProXiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
Qualcomm Adreno 650
12 GB Memory, 256 GB 
10.1 mm253 g83.6 %090 Hz7.10"3120x1440
885 %
07/2020
LG VelvetLG Velvet
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Qualcomm Adreno 620
6 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
7.85 mm180 g88 %060 Hz6.80"2460x1080
982 %
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
1081 %
10/2020
Nokia 8.3 5GNokia 8.3 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Qualcomm Adreno 620
8 GB Memory, 128 GB UFS 2.1
9 mm227 g83 %060 Hz6.81"2400x1080
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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 the entry of the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra straight onto third place on this list. In return, the Huawei Mate Xs had to be removed due to its age.

Another potential contender was the ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G which achieved a high rating of 86 % but turned out to be slightly too small with its 6.68-inch display to be considered a candidate for this list. 

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 – Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra features a 6.9-inch dynamic OLED display with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz. Not only does the panel support HDR10 and HDR10+, it is also the brightest smartphone display we have ever seen. The Note 20 Ultra is powered by an Exynos 990 with 12 GB of RAM and features a whopping 256 GB of microSD expandable UFS 3.1 storage. Its fast USB 3.2 port supports connecting external displays as well as DeX, among other things. The latter is now also supported wirelessly. Like before the Note includes Samsung’s S pen whose slot has been relocated from the right to the left-hand side.

The tripe-camera setup performed very well and includes a depth-of-field sensor. Samsung’s Note 20 is furthermore IP68-certified against ingress of dust and water and supports 5G and Wi-Fi 6. Too bad the display will only run at 120 Hz in FHD+ resolution.

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3rd – 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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4th – Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2’s foldable OLED display measures 7.6-inches. It is a bit smaller than on its predecessor but in return is not only significantly brighter but also supports a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The foldable is powered by Qualcomm’s current top-of-the-line SoC supported by 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of non-expandable storage space, and the latest in communication equipment and connectivity. Only the triple-camera had to take a step back and lacks Samsung’s latest and greatest sensor.

In our test, the Fold2 offered a great concept with useful optimizations, in particularly the massively improved outside display. Nevertheless, the Fold2 remains a comparatively sensitive piece of technology.

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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 – 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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7th – Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro

Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro

The Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro offers everything a typical gaming smartphone should. In addition to a playful design, it comes with a fast SoC, 12 GB of RAM, and 256 GB of UFS storage. Its most important feature, however, is without a doubt its ginormous 7.1-inch AMOLED display running at 90 Hz flanked by a set of stereo speakers.

In addition to its large display, the Black Shark also offers fast 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Dual SIM, and last but not least a headphone jack. In return, it lacks support for wireless charging, NFC, and microSD expandability.

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8th – LG Velvet

LG Velvet

The LG Velvet features a 6.8-inch POLED display that can be complemented by an equally large secondary display. The mid-range SoC makes for decent system performance and supports 5G. Gaming, on the other hand, requires a few compromises. In return, its triple-camera performed very well, it supports USB 3.2 and wireless charging, and is both IP68 and MIL-STD-certified.

Unfortunately, its wide-angle camera was a bit of a letdown, and the Velvet’s LTE support of LTE bands turned out to be fairly limited. Battery life on the other hand was decent.

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9th – 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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10th – Nokia 8.3 5G

Nokia 8.3 5G

The Nokia 8.3 5G is a premium mid-range smartphone with a 6.81-inch IPS display powered by a Snapdragon 765G with 8 GB of RAM and support for 5G networks. Its quad camera’s most important feature is the 64 MP sensor that managed to take decent photo as well as its ultra-wide angle lens that turned out pretty decent as well. The other two lenses are used for macro photography and depth-of-fiend analysis.

Benefits include long battery life, good design, and Android One. Downsides include a hefty price tag considering the lack of other features expected of a premium smartphone.

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The Best Smartphones with Large Display in Comparison

Size Comparison

177.8 mm / 7 inch 83.3 mm / 3.28 inch 10.1 mm / 0.3976 inch 253 g0.558 lbs176 mm / 6.93 inch 78.5 mm / 3.09 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 259 g0.571 lbs171.9 mm / 6.77 inch 78.6 mm / 3.09 inch 9 mm / 0.3543 inch 227 g0.5 lbs169.5 mm / 6.67 inch 74.5 mm / 2.93 inch 10.9 mm / 0.4291 inch 260 g0.573 lbs167.08 mm / 6.58 inch 74 mm / 2.91 inch 7.85 mm / 0.3091 inch 180 g0.3968 lbs165.1 mm / 6.5 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 227 g0.5 lbs164.8 mm / 6.49 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.1 mm / 0.3189 inch 208 g0.4586 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 lbs159.2 mm / 6.27 inch 128.2 mm / 5.05 inch 6.9 mm / 0.2717 inch 279 g0.615 lbs
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