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Most phone speakers are not that great, mainly because of their size. However, a few handsets are available that pay more attention to audio than others, offering better quality sound and even front-facing speakers in some instances. Here are the smartphones with the best speakers.

See also: The best Android phones

Smartphones with the best speakers:

Editor’s note: We will regularly update this list of smartphones with the best speakers as new devices launch, but the newest isn’t always best! We’ll always focus on the best audio rather than the newest, but natural tech improvements may mean clear winners are newer devices. Read on!


1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Series

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Samsung’s latest Note flagship phones don’t have a 3.5mm port anymore. But they do have speakers!

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and the Note 20 go a long way towards making up for this omission, thanks to great, loud stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos. While the Note 10 did occasionally vibrate at loud levels, both the Note 20 devices in the series do a great job in cranking out quality sound. In fact, our own David Imel says the phones are worth getting if you want good sound without using a Bluetooth speaker.

Samsung’s flagships are stacked otherwise. Both share the same stereo speakers, feature the Snapdragon 865 Plus processor (or Exynos 990 in some markets), 8/12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, a flexible triple rear camera setup, and that S Pen. The Ultra takes the whole shebang further, and we actually recommend the Ultra over the vanilla given the extra features on offer, despite the hefty price tag.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Google Pixel 5

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As usual, Google’s latest flagship phone stands out thanks to its excellent photo quality, stock Android implementation, and brisk updates. But you’re also getting a phone with some of the best phone speakers, thanks to its dual-speaker setup.

The Pixel 5 sports stereo speakers, one bottom-firing and one front-firing. DXOMark’s review of the phone’s speaker audio quality gave it solid marks for clean sound and balance. They’d be even better if they had a headphone jack like the Google Pixel 4a, but you can’t have everything.

Google decided to make the Pixel 5 a mid-range device in terms of hardware and price. It has the slower Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chip inside, and it retains the same camera sensors previous Pixel phones have included. It also has an old-fashioned rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. However, it still has plenty of RAM and onboard storage, as well as a 6-inch 90Hz display. Best of all, because it’s a Google Pixel, it will have the most up-to-date Android software for the next few years.


Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Asus ROG Phone 5

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One of our very top picks for the best phone speakers is actually a gaming phone: the Asus ROG Phone 5. Not only does it have excellent speakers, but the phone also has an old-fashioned 3.5mm headphone jack, unlike the previous ROG Phone 3. The ROG Phone 5 is still a beast of a phone in terms of its other hardware specs. It has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. Depending on which version you buy, you could get up to 18GB of RAM and up to 512GB of storage. It still has one of the largest batteries on the market at 6,000mAh, like the ROG Phone 2 and 3 before it. It supports up to 65W wired charging for a fast charge experience.

Read More: Asus ROG Phone 5 review

Like previous iterations, the ROG Phone 5 will also have a variety of mobile gaming accessories that enhance the smartphone gaming experience, including an Aero Active cooler and a Kunai 3 gamepad that includes left and right modules that can be mix and matched. This year, the phone comes in two more enhanced versions with more RAM and storage. The Asus ROG 5 Pro has two touch sensors on the back and a small color PMOLED display. The ROG Phone 5 Ultimate edition will have a monochromatic small display on the back.


ROG Phone 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/16/18GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. OnePlus Nord 2

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The OnePlus Nord 2 has one of the best phone speakers around, and it’s a rare midrange handset on our list. The Nord 2’s stereo speakers on the front and bottom are crisp and rattle-free even when cranked to full volume, and there’s plenty of depth to the sound. If there’s one drawback to the affordable Nord, it’s the lack of an IP rating. Although the speakers scream pool party, you won’t want it anywhere near the water.

Read: OnePlus buyer’s guide

Under the hood, it offers up to 12GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, and the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI chipset, with a large 4,500mAh battery. Along with the 3.5mm jack is a microSD slot, and it’s IP68 water and dust resistant. It’s comprehensively good!


OnePlus Nord 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Dimensity 1200 AI
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro

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The smartphone speakers on both the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro include a bottom speaker, plus an amplified earpiece for stereo sound. While the phones lack a headphone jack, you should get some solid audio for listing to streaming video and for playing games.

Read more: OnePlus 9 review

In terms of other specs, both use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, and both have either 8GB or 12GB of RAM, along with either 128GB or 256GB of storage. The OnePlus 9 has a 6.55-inch flat AMOLED display, while the Pro model has a larger 6.7-inch curved LTPO AMOLED display. Both have support for 120Hz refresh rates. They come with a 4,500mAh battery, but the OnePlus 9 Pro supports the faster Warp Charge 50 Wireless charging if you buy a separate proprietary charging stand. Finally, both phones sport a 48MP main rear camera, a 50MP ultra-wide rear camera, a 2MP monochrome rear sensor, and a front 16MP camera. However, the OnePlus 9 Pro adds an 8MP telephoto camera in the back.


OnePlus 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50,  and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

OnePlus 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 50, 8 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

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Samsung has offered a pretty solid audio experience across the recent S-range, including the S10 series and the Galaxy S20 series. That’s also true of the new S21 series as well. You get great smartphone speakers supporting Dolby Atmos audio while still offering IP68 water and dust resistance. This comes with the sacrifice of ditching the 3.5mm headphone port.

The Galaxy S21 family stands out for many other reasons than just audio capabilities. They host some great specs, including the Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, big batteries, and beautiful Full HD+ or QHD+ screens with a 120Hz refresh rate. In plain English, you’re getting a speedy phone with a sharp, smooth display and nice audio quality.

Samsung is also upping the ante for camera capabilities, especially on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It has two telephoto sensors for excellent zoomed-in shots, and overall color accuracy and focus are excellent. Of course, you will have to pay a much higher price for the Ultra model.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch,  Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Sony Xperia 1 III and 5 III

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Sony has offered smartphone speakers with great audio quality for a long time, including other original big brand ideas like being one of the first to commit to offering water-resistant Android phones. To the goods: the new flagship kept the stereo front-facing speakers, still offers a 3.5mm port, and brings IP68 water/dust resistance to the party.

Read: Sony Xperia 1 III review

Otherwise, Sony’s phone packs a Snapdragon 888 chipset with 5G support. It also carries 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,500mAh battery (with wireless charging), and a fancy 4K OLED screen. The firm is also touting a triple rear camera setup, featuring three 12MP sensors (main, telephoto, ultra-wide) and a 3D ToF sensor.

A catch. The phone is on the pricey side and is still in the preorder phase without many deals, making it one of the more consistently expensive flagships. Still, it’s solid!

Sony launched the Xperia 5 III at the same time that also comes with stereo speakers that offer solid audio sound. There’s also a headphone jack onboard. The phone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, a 6.1-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It shares several specs with its more powerful sibling, though it’s lighter on RAM, and you won’t find wireless charging or a 3D ToF sensor. It’s also very pricey, but if you want solid audio from your smartphone speakers, it may be worth it.


Sony Xperia 1 III specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Sony Xperia 5 III specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. Xiaomi Mi 11 series

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 includes two speakers that offer excellent stereo sound. In our phone review, we noted that the speakers were tuned by Harmon and can easily fill a typical room with sound.

The phone’s other specs are excellent as well, with a 6.81-inch 120Hz display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, either 128 or 256GB of storage, and a 4,600mAh battery. The rear camera setup includes a big 108MP main sensor, a 13MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP telephoto macro sensor. There’s also a 20MP selfie camera upfront.

If you want to add even more power to your setup, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro and Mi 11 Ultra offer excellent alternatives. They don’t expand on the display size at all, but the Mi 11 Ultra packs a massive rear camera bump complete with a small display to check your selfies. It offers up to 512GB of storage space as well, so you shouldn’t have to worry about running out for a while.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 13, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 48, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

These are the best smartphone speakers, in our opinion. It’s rare that a phone doesn’t have some kind of loudspeaker, but this is all about those that do it better. We’ll also be keeping an eye on new models that fit the bill, so stay tuned for updates to this list of best phone speakers.