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Most phone speakers are not that great, mainly because of their size. However, there are a few handsets 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.

Smartphones with the best speakers:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of smartphones with the best speakers regularly as new devices launch, but newest isn’t always best! We’ll always focus on the best audio rather than the newest of the new, 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, plus featuring 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 just 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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Google’s latest flagship phone, as usual, 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. In DXOMark’s review of the phone’s speaker audio quality, they 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 along with 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. LG V60 ThinQ

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The LG V60 ThinQ has one of the best phone speakers around. The V60’s stereo speakers on the top and bottom have great range and stay sharp even when cranked to full volume, and it gets louder than many of its peers. Plus, there’s unbeatable audio quality from the headphone jack thanks to LG stacking amplifying features including a Quad DAC. In terms of its overall setup, it has one of the best triple cameras on a phone, with the 5G flagship toting a main 64MP camera, a 13MP ultra-wide, and ToF sensors.

Read: The best LG phones you can buy

Under the hood, it offers 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset, with massive 5,000mAh battery. Along with the 3.5mm jack is a microSD slot, and it’s IP68 water and dust resistant. It’s comprehensively good!


LG V60 ThinQ 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF sensor
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. OnePlus 9/9 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 ultrawide 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 very fast phone with a sharp, smooth display, and nice audio quality.

Samsung is also upping the ante when it comes to 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 II/5 II

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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 has stereo front-facing speakers, offers a 3.5mm port, and brings IP68 water/dust resistance as mentioned.

Read: Sony Xperia 1 II review — A Sony phone I’d love to keep in my pocket

Otherwise, Sony’s phone packs a Snapdragon 865 chipset with 5G support although it lacks mmWave 5G, although that’s still unlikely to be useful in 2020. It also packs 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a 4,000mAh 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, 2x telephoto, ultra-wide) and a 3D ToF sensor.

A catch. The phone is on the pricey side and hasn’t seen too many offers from around the usual smartphone deals, making it one of the more consistently expensive flagships. Still, it’s solid!

Sony Xperia 5 II in the hand

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More recently, Sony launched the Xperia 5 II that also comes with stereo speakers that offer solid audio sound. There’s also a headphone jack on board. The phone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, a 6.1-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. and most of the same hardware specs as its larger brother. It’s also very pricey, but if you want solid audio from your smartphone speakers, it may be worth it.


Sony Xperia 1 II specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 4K
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Sony Xperia 5 II specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Xiaomi Mi 11

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 includes two speakers that offer excellent stereo sound. In our review of the phone, 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, along with a 13MP ultrawide camera and a 5MP telephoto macro sensor. There’s also a 20MP selfie camera up front. The cost for the phone is also very reasonable, as it is priced below €800 for the more expensive 256GB version.


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

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 be keeping an eye on new models that fit the bill, too, so stay tuned for updates to this list of best phone speakers.