The display size and quality of modern smartphones have grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years. Unlike other major specs, even entry-level smartphones offer large displays with sizes comparable to smartphones in several categories above them. With this advancement in hardware, the viewing habits of consumers have changed accordingly. A fair share of consumers use their smartphones as the primary device to consume media. It’s no surprise that OTT services are rolling out mobile-only subscription plans to keep up with the trend. When buying a new smartphone, the first thing consumers look for is the display specs. In this article, we bring you 10 smartphones with large screens and the best displays to enjoy watching OTT content.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
There aren’t many smartphones that can surpass Samsung’s gigantic Galaxy Z Fold 4, especially when it comes to display size and clarity. With the Fold 4, you get not one but two displays – a 7.6-inch main display and a 6.2-inch cover display. Both displays are Dynamic AMOLED 2X and have a refresh rate of 120Hz. The inner foldable display comes with HDR10+ support and has a peak brightness of 1,200 nits. A screen-to-body ratio of ~99.9% creates an immersive viewing experience. Display specs aside, one of the best features of the Fold 4 that cannot be replicated by any other smartphone is the ability of the cover display to rest horizontally on any surface, offering a hands-free viewing experience with adjustable angles. You can also use one panel of the inner display to view videos while browsing other apps on the second panel. Read our in-depth review here.
iPhone 14 Plus
There is simply no way that the iPhone misses out on a conversation about the best smartphone display on the market. The 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display produces some of the most vivid results we’ve seen on a smartphone. The iPhone 14 Plus also comes with HDR10 support along with Dolby Vision, further adding to its impressive chops. With 1,200 nits of peak brightness output, you don’t have to worry about the surrounding lighting conditions while watching videos. The resolution offered by iPhone 14 Plus is 1284 x 2778 pixels, with a pixel density of ~458ppi and a screen-to-body ratio of ~87.4%.
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google’s flagship offering Pixel finally makes its way back to India after a hiatus of four years. The Pixel 7 Pro is undoubtedly one of the best Android smartphones you can buy right now, and its display specs are some of the best we’ve seen this year. With the Pixel 7 Pro, you get a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The display also comes with HDR10+ support and has a peak brightness of 1,500 nits. The resolution of 1440 x 3120 pixels is unmatched by most phones in the premium category, and on top of that, the smartphone also sports a pixel density of ~512ppi. The screen-to-body ratio of ~88.7% could be slightly improved upon, but with a superior display like this, it feels far too trivial to complain about.
We reviewed the OnePlus 10T when it came out and were quite pleased with what its display had to offer. The 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED display has a refresh rate of 120Hz and comes with HDR10+ support. The OnePlus 10T sports a flat-edge display instead of the curved edge found on the OnePlus 10 Pro. For a lot of users, a flat-edge display is more suited to consume content. It is also incredibly easier to hold and you don’t have to worry about damaging the screen in case you drop it. The OnePlus 10T also offers a resolution of 1,080 x 2,412p resolution and an 87.9% screen-to-body ratio. The stereo speakers produce a nice enveloping sound which won’t require you to reach for your headset every time you watch videos on your smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung’s flagship, the Galaxy S22 Ultra boasts cutting edge across the board, and the display is no different. The 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display has a resolution of 1,440 x 3,088 pixels and comes with HDR10+ support. On top of that, the display offers a pixel density of ~500ppi and a screen-to-body ratio of ~90.2%. The peak brightness has been capped at 1,750 nits for the S22 Ultra. One of the finer things about buying a premium smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is that the speaker output offered by the device is levels above what you will find on other smartphones. If you’re looking for a clear and loud audio output to go along with a superior viewing experience, the S22 Ultra is the smartphone you should be going for.
Xiaomi 12 Pro
Xiaomi’s flagship offering offers a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED display with Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support. Xiaomi 12 Pro proves that it can hang with other flagships and not just be restricted to a midrange smartphone. In our review of the Xiaomi 12 Pro, we were quite pleased with what the display had to offer, including its colourful lighting, brightness, and contrast balance. The screen resolution offered is 1,440 x 3,200 pixels with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and 521ppi density. The peak brightness has been capped at 1,500 nits.
Samsung Galaxy A73
If you’re not too keen on flagship offerings, there are a lot of midrange alternatives awaiting you. The Samsung Galaxy A73 could perhaps be the best of the bunch. With the Galaxy A73, you get a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The display is surrounded by really thin bezels which do not take away from the viewing experience. The phone display produces well-balanced colours that remain consistent at different viewing angles. You can read more about the smartphone in our extensive review here.
Nothing Phone 1
Making its debut this year, the Nothing Phone 1 has already managed to create a lot of buzz around it. While much of the conversation revolves around its unique back panel and Glyph interface, the Nothing Phone 1’s display goes under the radar and doesn’t get enough praise for how good it actually is. Given the price of the smartphone (Rs 32,999), the 6.5-inch, 1,080 x 2,400p, HDR10+ OLED display is nothing short of a bargain. A pixel density of 402ppi and peak brightness of 1,200 nits while watching HDR content works in the smartphone’s favour when you’re using it to watch OTT content. For more details about the phone, read our in-depth review here.
iQOO Z6 Pro 5G
The iQOO Z6 Pro offers a great display for a smartphone that’s priced at just Rs 23,999. With the Z6 Pro, you get a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,404 pixels. The smartphone also comes with HDR10+ support and has a refresh rate of 90Hz. A peak brightness of 1,300 nits is also quite impressive for a phone in this category. Watching OTT content on the iQOO Z6 Pro 5G is a delight, with the display doing justice to a wide array of colours and presenting vivid images on the screen. Read our review of the iQOO Z6 Pro here to know more about the smartphone.
Redmi Note 11 Pro
Closing out this list is the Redmi Note 11 Pro, an affordable option for those that prioritise a great display over everything else when buying a smartphone. The specifications of the Redmi Note 11 Pro speak for themselves. At Rs 18,999 you get a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels. The display showcases vivid colours along with deep blacks and well-balanced video output. The peak brightness of 1,200 nits is more than ideal. You would be hard-pressed to find a better smartphone at this price. Read our full review here.
These are our picks for the top 10 smartphones with large screens and the best displays to watch OTT content on. We’ve made sure to pick the best out of every category and bring you a comprehensive list that can also serve as a buying guide. If you think we missed out on a smartphone worthy of being on this list, let us know in the comments!