In 2011, when the first Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone was announced, we expected it to be another one of those devices which just come and go without creating much excitement. At a screen size of 5.3-inches, the device was deemed too big to carry comfortably. But that was just the start of something revolutionary. Come 2016, and even a 5.5-inch screen is considered to be normal. With our phones becoming the primary means of media consumption, the need for even larger displays has grown immensely. And in case you want a media powerhouse in the palm of your hands without burning your pocket, here are some amazing smartphones with 6-inch+ displays priced below Rs 20,000.
Xiaomi's Mi Max (review) is the latest and arguably the best available smartphone in the 6-inch+ smartphone segment. The device flaunts a 6.44-inch full HD display with an equally massive 4,850mAh battery to back it up. Not to forget the beautiful metal unibody design and the fingerprint scanner. In addition to this, the Xiaomi Mi Max comes with a Snapdragon 650 or 652 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of onboard storage. For the optics, the device gets a 16MP/5MP camera combo (camera review). The smartphone runs MIUI 7 built on top of Android Marshmallow. The Snapdragon 650 variant of the device is priced at Rs 14,999, while the Snapdragon 652 variant will set you back by Rs 19,999.
The ZenFone 2 Laser ZE601KL flaunts a 6-inch full HD canvas that is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Under the hood, it is powered by the Snapdragon 616 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and a 3,000mAh battery. The phone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with the company’s ZenUI on top. For the shutterbugs, the ZenFone 2 Laser includes a 13MP rear camera, along with a 5MP selfie shooter. The smartphone is available at a price of Rs 17,999 across various ecommerce platforms.
Micromax’s sub-brand YU Televentures also released a 6-inch phablet, dubbed as the YU Yureka Note. Featuring a full HD panel, the device is powered by an octa-core MediaTek SoC, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory that can be expanded further. Running Android 5.1 Lollipop, the smartphone features a Smart PA technology to amplify sound output. There’s a 13MP rear camera supported by an 8MP snapper in the front. The smartphone packs in a 4,000mAh battery and is available at Rs 12,980 on Amazon India.
The PHAB 2 from Lenovo features a mammoth 6.4-inch display, but compromises on the resolution with a 720p panel. The phone draws power from a quad-core MediaTek MT8735 SoC, aided by 3GB of RAM. All this is powered by a 4,050mAh battery that is non-removable. A 13MP autofocus camera and a 5MP front camera take care of optics. The phablet runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The metal design comes at a price though, as the device weighs a hefty 225g and is 9.6mm thick.
Lenovo also offers the PHAB Plus smartphone, which comes with a 6.8-inch full HD display and a 3,500mAh battery to back it up. It is powered by a Snapdragon 615 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM.
If you’re tight on the budget, you can take a look at the Micromax Canvas Mega 2. It features a 6-inch display, 1GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery at a price of Rs 6,899.
On the other hand, if you can stretch your budget a bit, the Gionee Marathon M5 Plus (review) is promising. The 6-incher features a mammoth 5,020mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor and a premium metal build at a sum of Rs 26,999.