The best Android phablets, starring LG V10, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and more!

Ever since Netflix became a verb and mobile tariffs started being bought and sold not on the basis of texts and minutes but on the amount of data they include, devices with big screens and staggering resolutions have become de rigueur.

And all the announcements from MWC have made us realise more than ever that love them or leave them, phablets are here to stay.

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To see how tried and tested phablets fare, we decided to pit them against each other to see if they match upto each other’s prowess.

LG V10: The dreamy one

The V10 wasn't intended to be a flagship phone and we did wonder why, for it out-specs LG's G4 by some margin. LG put its might behind the V10, bringing in features and technologies that other manufacturers would have kept tucked away for a next generation flagship, than a phone that followed one.

For a first, V10 features two front facing cameras of 80 and 120 degrees each, offering the widest clicking angle a phone can give. The two cameras work together to let you click panoramic selfies and massive groupies without bothering about a selfie stick!

The V10 also offers a second always-on display over the primary one and this lets you view battery status, Wi-Fi and network signal strengths and the time without having to switch your phone on all the time, in turn saving battery life.

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This is also among the best multimedia devices- the first to play 32 bit Hi-Fi DAC high definition music and the Quad Beat 3 earphones that come with it were developed by AKG Acoustics who specialise in high-end audio devices. To add to this, V10 also lets you adjust your video settings like speed, frame rate, ISO and white balance manually.

To add to these features, V10 comes with a removable 3,000 mAh battery, a microSD card slot, a fingerprint sensor, a 5.7-inch Quad HD IPS display, 16MP and 5MP cameras, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. We wonder if LG has really missed out on anything that you would ever want from your dream phablet.

Huawei Mate 8: Monster specs

Generally considered to be an upgrade of the excellent Huawei Mate S, Mate 8 is a 6-inch behemoth offering equally gargantuan specs like the latest Kirin 950 next-generation chip, up to 64GB of storage, 4GB of RAM, a large 4,000 mAh battery and a 16MP rear camera with Sony’s 16MP IMX298 technology, but is it as rich in features and sensors like the V10?

While the battery can hold fort for up to two days of normal usage, the Mate 8’s quick charging technology will let you charge up to a day’s worth of power in just 30 minutes. The phone also comes with six-layer thermal mechanics which’ll keep your fingers cold even when the phablet turns warm after long use.  If you’re looking for a phone that you won’t need to plug in all the time or won’t have to give up on your gaming to keep it cool, the Mate 8 could be perfect for you.

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Huawei’s latest also offers a fast fingerprint scanner, real-time encryption of your files and a microSD card lock which protects your storage card with a password even if it isn’t inside the phablet. If your work requires you to travel, the Mate 8 will keep you connected to the internet, thanks to 18 4G bands and nine 3G bands.

Google Nexus 6P: Android superpower

Scoring five on five in every parameter is usually not expected from a phablet, but the Nexus 6P forces one’s hand.

From a design perspective, Huawei took all the creative skills it mastered while designing the Mate S and the P8 and poured it on the Nexus 6P’s concept. The phablet is an all-metal one and curves just at the right places to let you hold it with ease. What’s most distinctive and unique about the phablet is the black glass band at its top back which protects the rear camera and the dual LED flash.

In terms of features, Nexus 6P stands out among all phablets thanks to the Android 6.0 Marshmallow and the Snapdragon 810 chip with a 2.0 GHz CPU, the phablet is super-smooth to work on and there’s no lag in terms of performance.

Nexus 6P sports a 5.7-inch Quad HD AMOLED display, enough for you to view crystal-clear movies and the display doesn’t over-saturate, letting you enjoy its beautiful contrasts and colour shades at 518ppi, the same as Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge+!

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When it comes to hardware, Nexus 6P doesn’t disappoint in the least. The 12.3MP rear camera offers great picture quality and lets you choose the resolution at which you want to click your pictures and videos. The phablet also comes with a great battery which works with in-built battery saving features, Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology and a USB Type-C charging port to offer a great battery life and minimal charging time. The phablet also offers up to 128GB of storage, a fingerprint sensor, Cat 6 LTE and NFC compatibility, features you can’t do without, if you love staying connected while on the move.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: Smooth operator

If the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge were stunning pieces of tech that revolutionised the smartphone war, the Galaxy S6 Edge+ is the uncensored master gem, and with a price tag of £649 for the 64GB variant, Samsung has ensured that you do not miss the point.

When Samsung decided to take on the iPhone 6 Plus, they made sure it was as premium, beautiful and feature packed as the competition and thus the Galaxy S6 Edge+ was born.

Apart from a larger Super AMOLED display, the S6 Edge+ doesn’t have much in it that would distinguish it from the S6 Edge. However, it seems now the Samsung didn’t want it to be too different in the first place. The phablet still features stunning cameras, beautiful edges, the kind of swag that even the Xperia Z5 Premium couldn’t match. However, it does come with a stronger metal body than its smaller cousin and features a 4GB RAM instead of 3GB. The battery is also a larger one at 3,000 mAh and comes with wireless charging and battery saving capabilities.

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The Galaxy S6 Edge+, like most other premium phablets, doesn’t fall short in terms of features, top specs or looks and its beauty is so evenly matched by its performance that owning it would be a joy to behold. If looks are what you care for, this definitely should be your device of choice.


Phablets are much in demand in today’s world and manufacturers are leaving no stones turned to tempt your heart with stunning looks and superb features and specifications in their phablets. Whether it is about the sleek metal finishing of Galaxy Edge+ or the ruggedized easy-to-hold material of the LG V10, or about the excellent features of the V10 compared with the exceptional battery life of Huawei Mate 8, there’ll always be several decisive factors that’ll ultimately turn your head in favour of one. While Nexus 6P is set to rule the roost for months to come, thanks to the latest Android features to boot, it willll be interesting to see which phablet will ultimately wins hearts the most.

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