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2016 has been the year of large screen cellphones. Whereas 4+ inch screen was the norm in the best phones of 2014-15, 5+ inch screen is the new normal for top large screen cellphones for 2016 and by the looks of it the bigger screen sizes are here to stay. The growth of the 5+ inch smartphone is not just a convenient form factor, but the emergence of large screen cellphones as the dominant computing device at the cost of tablets and laptops.

The ReviewGist pick for the best large screen smartphone for August 2016 is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The S7 Edge is Samsung's flagship smartphone and boasts industry leading display specs:

  1. 5.5 inch screen of the industry leading 'Super AMOLED' Technology
  2. Pixel Density of 534 per inch (ppi) - amongst the highest in the over 200 cell phones we looked at with screens above 5 inch
  3. Display protection provided by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 - the highest grade display protection in the industry as of August 2016.

The superior display credentials of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are corroborated by over 15 reviews we looked at:

  • 'The screen is probably the best we have seen on a smartphone, especially in terms of brightness and contrast.' - T3
  • 'The Galaxy S7 Edge has a gorgeous larger curved screen and larger battery than the otherwise identical standard S7. - CNet
  • 'Their screens are gorgeous, and the Edge is a head-turner.' - Wired


How we picked the best large screen cell phone
We looked at over 200 smartphones in the market today with a display size of atleast 5 inch. This selection was further narrowed down to the ones with the highest grade display protection of Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and the ones with atleast 500 pixels per inch display density. For this set we analyzed the reviews from around a hundred different sites on what they have to say regarding the display capabilities of the phones and then ranked them to come to our top 5 shortlist below.


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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge


Comparison of the Top 5 Large Screen Cell Phones - 2016

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Samsung Galaxy S7
HTC 10
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
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Samsung Galaxy S7
HTC 10
LG G5
Huawei Nexus 6P
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
May 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.5 inch
5.1 inch
5.2 inch
5.3 inch
5.7 inch
Pixel Density
534.0 ppi
577.0 ppi
565.0 ppi
554.0 ppi
518.0 ppi
Display Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Corning Gorilla Glass 4, oleophobic coating
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.3 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
3.0 GB
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
8.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 1.6GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Quad-core 1.55 GHz Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57
Battery Capacity
3600.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
3000.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
3450.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T
T-Mobile, Sprint
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT-T

It's pricier than other good phones.

It takes the best bits from the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, and blends them together into a quite brilliant smartphone.

The HTC 10 is a wonderful size for a phone; the 5.2in panel is definitely the new goldilocks standard for me.

excellent smartphone

The Nexus 6P is one of the best Android phones you can buy right now, given its top-of-the-line specs for a more affordable price.

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