It goes without saying that the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an incredible device. It comes with a beautiful design, top-notch specs and about as up-to-date operating system as you can ask for today. There’s a little (or not so little) problem with the phone, though – it’s not cheap. In fact, with a price tag of over $850, it’s one of the most expensive devices that are currently available on the market. However, there are a bunch of cool phablets that are way cheaper than the new Galaxy Note 7 if you need a device with a large screen.
Want a cool phablet but can’t afford to spend close to 900 bucks on the Galaxy Note 7? Check out these smartphones as they offer a huge screen, great features and affordable price.
It’s the third generation of OnePlus phones and by far the best one. It shares some of the specs with the Note 7, that is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 64GB of built-in memory, and beats Samsung’s flagship with 6GB of RAM (the Note 7 has 4GB of RAM). The phone also has 16-megapixel main camera, programmable buttons, downward firing speaker on the bottom and aluminum construction. It’s 5.5-inch screen, however, offers just Full HD resolution, storage is non-expandable and there’s no water-resistance. It’s a small sacrifice, though, since the OnePlus 3 costs only $399
Huawei Nexus 6P
Even though, the Nexus 6P was launched almost a year ago, it’s still on par with many flagships of this year. Due to its age, the Nexus 6P has an older processor under the hood (Snapdragon 810) and it also offers 3GB of RAM (1GB less RAM than the Note 7) but it doesn’t make the device slower or less responsive. In fact, the Nexus 6P delivers brilliant experience thanks to stock Android. Both phablets have exactly the same screen – 5.7-inch AMOLED with QHD resolution, and come with fingerprint scanners and 12-megapixel cameras. On the downside, the Nexus 6P lacks water-resistance and expandable storage but it’s priced at just $399.If you have very little money to spend on a phablet, the Huawei Honor 5X might be a good choice
Huawei Honor 5X
If you have very little money to spend on a phablet, the Huawei Honor 5X might be a good choice, since it can be had for just $199. Although the price is incredibly low, the device has quite a lot to offer starting with a pretty sharp 5.5-inch Full HD display. The phone also offers 13-megapixel rear camera, 3GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner and the latest version of Android. If you pick up the base variant, you will get only 16GB of internal memory, but since storage is expandable, you can add up to 256GB more. And don’t forget that the Honor 5X is not water-resistant so be careful around water.
Motorola Moto G (4th Gen)
The 4th generation of Moto G lineup brings to the table a lot but still costs little. The phone’s full retail price is currently set at $229, but if you can stomach adds on the lock screen (which you can get rid of), you can have it for as low as $180. One of Moto G’s main selling points is that it runs near stock version of Android but there are other features worth mentioning such as a 5.5-inch Full HD display, 32GB of expandable storage and large battery with fast charging. Affordable price, however, means some sacrifices. In this case it’s a pretty slow Snapdragon 617 processor and only 2GB of RAM.
Letv is not the most popular brand. In fact, some of you possibly never heard of it, but this particular device has awesome specs-to-price ratio. To begin with, the device offers 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory and aluminum construction. The processor is Snapdragon 810, which is only one generation behind Qualcomm’s latest chip, and the screen packs QHD resolution. Speaking of the screen, measuring 6.33 inches, it’s almost the size of a small tablet, which can be seen as an advantage or a downside, depending on what you need. Nevertheless, the device is pretty impressive and costs $399 unlocked.
Meizu Pro 7
Meizu is yet another brand that hasn’t quite made its name in the US yet, but it seems to be on the right track. The company’s Pro 7 phablet can easily compete with many internationally recognized flagships, yet it costs just $399 unlocked. The phone is equipped with the same size 5.7-inch screen as the Note 7, though with lower resolution, and offers a fingerprint scanner, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and aluminum body. Other features are also nothing to complain about and include for instance 3,000 mAh battery, 20-megapixel main camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
ZTE Axon 7
ZTE Axon 7 is another proof that a great phone doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The handset carries price tag of $399, that is half of what Samsung’s latest offering costs, yet some of the specs of both devices are identical. For example, both phone are powered by Snapdragon 820 chips and feature 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. The resolution (QHD) and screen technology (AMOLED) are also the same as Note 7, but Axon 7’s 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller – the Note 7 has a 5.7-inch screen. Other key features include a 3,250 mAh battery, aluminum body, fingerprint scanner, good camera and impressive front facing speakers.
As you can see, unless you really can’t live without the Galaxy Note 7, you can spend half of what the device costs and still have an awesome phablet with comparable specs and features. Of course, low price usually means some sacrifices, for instance less, RAM, slower processor or lower resolution but if you know your priorities, you can easily find a device that matches your needs without draining your budget.