With the recent (and spectacular) demise of the Samsung Note 7, a gap appeared in the world of high-end phones with large screens, especially those that were viewed as alternatives to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. My curiosity drove me to take a closer look at other phones that could fill the void that the Note 7 left behind, and create a list of other, large display phones, at the higher end of the market.
Below is the list, in no particular order. Each phone is accompanied by its price and model availability in Canada, as well as details on its components and internals to be able to compare.
NOTE: Some of the tables below may not look great in portrait mode on mobile, but they're okay in landscape mode. So if the data looks weird, turn your phones horizontal!
Google Pixel XL
|32GB: $1,049 CAD
128GB: $1,179 CAD
|5.5"||154.7mm x 75.mm7 x 8.6mm||168g|
|1440x2560, ~534ppi||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.15Ghz||12.3-megapixel camera (f/2.0, 4K video)||3,450mAh|
ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe
|64GB: $669 CAD||5.7"||156.4mm x 77.4mm x 4.2~7.5mm||172g|
|1080x1920, ~386ppi||Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 2.4GHz||23-megapixel camera (f/2.0, 4K video)||3,000mAh|
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
|32GB: $999 CAD||5.5"||150.9mm x 72.6mm x 7.7mm||157g|
|1440x2560, ~534ppi||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz||12-megapixel camera (f/1.7, 4K video)||3,600mAh|
|64GB: $519 CAD||5.5"||152.7mm x 74.7mm x 7.4mm||158g|
|1080x1920, ~401ppi||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz||16-megapixel camera (f/2.0, 4K video)||3,000mAh|
Motorola Moto Z
|32GB: $899 CAD||5.5"||153.3mm x 75.3mm x 5.2mm||136g|
|1440x2560, ~535ppi||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz||13-megapixel camera (f/1.8, 4K video)||2,600mAh|
|64GB: $999 CAD||5.7"||159.7mm x 78.1mm x 7.6mm||174g|
|1440x2560, ~513ppi||Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 2.15GHz||16-megapixel camera (f/1.8, 4K video)||3,200mAh|
Personal Opinions / Thoughts
While this was largely an exercise in satisfying my curiosity, it's great to see that there are plenty of phones that are capable of stepping up to fill the void left behind by the Samsung Note 7.
Based on just these (mostly technical) details alone, my pick for best alternative to the iPhone 7 Plus would probably be the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. It has a high resolution and high pixel density screen, is thin and light for such a large phone, has the largest aperture on its camera lens, and has quite the beefy battery to match.
However, that's just by the numbers. I'd definitely need to use them side-by-side to get a better sense of which phone is the best one.
Thanks for reading!