Listed below are the best phablets in India that you can currently find in the market. What makes these handsets viable contenders in this segment are the technologies they have to offer. Some come with large nearly tablet-sized touchscreens, while others have decent display sizes, none below 5 inches. They even pack some of the best hardware available in the market.
Along with great features, we’ve optimized our selection to meet different price points. You’ll find handsets from popular manufacturers starting from just below Rs 20,000 and going all the way up to nearly Rs 50,000. You can also expect each of them to come with unique and exclusive features provided by respective OEMs.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 –
If you love the Note series from Samsung, then the Note 3 is definitely not going to disappoint you. The handset is slightly larger than its predecessor carrying a 5.7-inch FHD AMOLED display and it’s much more powerful too. You’ll be treated to a 1.9GHz Exynos 5 Octa processor.
The device is also amongst the first to come with Android 4.3 preloaded and sport 3GB of RAM. The phone has a 13MP camera with 4K video recording, a 3200mAh battery and 32GB of storage, all fitted within an 8.3mm thick form factor that weighs not more than 168 grams. The company has augmented the S Pen experience as well, through the AirCommand feature which provides access to 5 ‘useful’ utilities.
Price: Rs 49,900
2. Sony Xperia Z Ultra –
The Xperia Z Ultra is basically a reworked Xperia Z (review) with a much larger display of 6.4 inches. The handset is crafted with a similar form factor by leveraging the OmniBalance design, but it’s incredibly thin at just 6.5mm. For a phone of such size, a weight of 212 grams is pretty remarkable. If that’s not enough, it’s even dust-proof as well as water-resistant meeting IP55/IP58 standards.
The device’s screen features a Triluminos 1080p touch panel with X-Reality for mobile, while the heavy lifting is done by a quad core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor. You’ll get Android 4.2 out of the box, but an update to 4.3 is expected soon. Other features of the Z Ultra comprise of an 8MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 3050mAh battery and the ability to use almost any object such as a pencil or pen as a stylus.
Price: Rs 39,799
3. LG Optimus G Pro –
The G Pro is the largest smartphone to roll out from LG. It’s isn’t the highest performer on today’s roster, but it comes with a great deal of mouth-watering hardware. The handset is the Korean conglomerate’s answer to the Note series. It features a 1080p IPS touchscreen that spans 5.5 inches wide and a 13MP rear camera with Dual Recording.
With Android 4.1.2, you’ll also get a host of LG exclusive software attributes like Smart Video, Cheese Shutter, Time Catch Shot and the ability to pause as well as resume recording clips. Where the innards are concerned, you’ll be treated to a 3,140mAh battery, a quad core Snapdragon 600 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB.
Price: Rs 32,999
4. Samsung Galaxy Mega –
The Samsung Galaxy Mega series comes in two choices, a 5.8-inch handset and a 6.3-inch phablet. The smaller version is 9mm thick and it houses a qHD touchscreen. You’ll get 8GB of storage and a 2600mAh battery to get things running.
The larger model, on the other hand, is slimmer at 8mm and it delivers visuals in 720p HD. For storage, there’s 16GB of memory onboard. Both smartphones have a lot in common. They sport an 8MP rear camera, 1.5GB of RAM, a 1.9MP webcam, Android 4.2 and a dual core processor. The former’s CPU, however, has a clock speed of 1.4GHz, while the latter’s AP frequency is set at 1.7GHz.
Price: Rs 21,958 (5.8); Rs 27,985 (6.3)
5. Huawei Ascend Mate –
Huawei has quite a presence in India, notably in the budget-segment. The Ascend Mate is amongst the first from the company to fall in the mid-range category and also offer a large display. The handset sports a 6.1-inch IPS+ HD screen with Magic Touch that enables glove support. The device is high on software features that arrive through the Emotion UI 1.5 which is layered over Android 4.1.
An 8MP BSI camera is fitted onto the rear, while on the inside, you’ll find a large 4050mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and the company’s own 1.5GHz Hi-Silicon quad core processor with a 16 core GPU.
Price: Rs 24,899
6. Lenovo K900 –
Lenovo’s K900 smartphone is quite special. While most additions on this list are powered by ARM processors, this phablet is amongst the few to come with an Intel Atom SOC. It features a 2GHz dual core processor which isn’t to be underestimated as it is powerful enough to compete against the Snapdragon 600. Accompanying it is a PowerVR SGX544 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
The phone has a 5.5-inch 1080 Gorilla Glass 2 display which is surrounded by a full metal form factor. On the rear, a 13MP camera has been provided. The handset is extremely slim at 6.9mm and it manages to pack in 16GB of storage, a 2500mAh battery and a lot more. The phone comes with Android 4.2 out of the box.
Price: Rs 24,623
7. Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 –
Micromax is amongst the top manufacturers in India and it has quite an offering of capable devices at budget-friendly prices. The Canvas Doodle 2 is the largest the company has gone in the smartphone category. The phone dons a 5.7-inch HD IPS touchscreen that’s accompanied by a 5MP camera on the front, while on the rear, you’ll find a 12MP snapper with LED flash.
Some of the main highlights of the device are that it comes with dual SIM slots and the blow or shake to unlock function. A 1.2GHz quad core MediaTek 6589 CPU and a 2600mAh battery power it up with Android 4.2 hosting the show. For memory, the phone offers 12GB of available storage and 1GB of RAM.
Price: Rs 17,987
So that basically ends our roster of the best phablets in India. The prices we’ve mention are estimates. This means that they will vary from retailer, some higher or even lower than what’s specified. Before we end our feature, we’d like to know which handset on this list would you prefer buying? Also, if your choice isn’t here, let us know through a comment.