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The LG G8 makes our list of smartphones with the best speakers.

Most smartphone 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.


1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus back upright 6

Samsung’s latest flagship phone doesn’t have a 3.5mm port any more, which means you’ll need to buy a Galaxy S10 if you must have a Samsung device with a headphone jack.

Otherwise, the Galaxy Note 10 Plus goes a long way towards making up for this omission thanks to its great, loud speakers with Dolby Audio. In fact, our own David Imel says this is worth getting if you want good sound without using a Bluetooth speaker.

Samsung’s flagship is stacked otherwise, featuring a Snapdragon 855 processor (or Exynos 9825 in the rest of the world), 12GB of RAM, up to 512GB of storage, a flexible triple rear camera setup, and that S-Pen.


Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, 16MP and 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


2. Asus ROG Phone 2

Asus ROG Phone 2 back in hand at angle

The Asus ROG Phone 2 is a gaming smartphone, and fortunately it’s packing more than just RGB lights. This is the first phone with a Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset, but it’s also got an OLED FHD+ display with a slick 120Hz refresh rate. Other noteworthy gaming-related features include ultrasonic triggers and a performance mode.

The ROG Phone 2 also delivers a 6,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging, a 48MP+13MP rear camera pairing, 24MP selfie camera, and a 3.5mm port. We’re glad to see the latter port here, making it one of the few phones on the list with this feature. Otherwise, the phone has dual front-facing stereo speakers that looks set to deliver a great audio experience on paper. 

You can also expect a variety of ROG Phone 2 accessories, such as an active cooling fan (shipping with the phone), a Nintendo DS-style TwinView Dock, the Kunai GamePad, and the Mobile Desktop Dock.


Asus ROG Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB or 1TB
  • Rear cameras: 48 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


3. Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1 review in the hand

Sony’s early 2019 flagship isn’t exactly the best phone released so far this year, owing to ho-hum camera quality and disappointing battery life. But the Xperia 1 certainly warrants mentioning in a list of smartphones with the best speakers.

The Xperia 1 offers stereo sound via the earpiece and bottom speaker, and we thought it was rather nifty when watching movies in particular. Otherwise, Sony also offers “dynamic vibration” that gives force feedback as you watch stuff, but this can be hit and miss.

Sony’s high-end device also serves up a 6.5-inch 4K HDR screen (OLED), Snapdragon 855 processor, 12MP triple rear camera setup, 3,330mAh battery, and IP68 design. Just don’t expect a 3.5mm port or camera quality quite on par with the likes of Google, Samsung, and Huawei flagships.


Sony Xperia 1 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, UHD
  • SoC: SD 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP 
  • Battery: 3,330mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


4. LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8 ThinQ Review against mirror

LG uses “Crystal Sound OLED” technology on the LG G8, essentially seeing the display being used as a speaker by way of vibrations. The phone is also paired with a bottom-firing speaker, and the resulting combination worked well in our experience.

Aside from the nifty approach to smartphone speakers, LG’s flagship doesn’t skimp on the audio experience elsewhere. You’re also getting a headphone jack and a 32-bit HiFi Quad DAC, allowing you to use those expensive wired headphones instead of carrying a dongle.

LG’s phone sports a Snapdragon 855 flagship processor, a dual or triple camera setup depending on the model, a 3D ToF camera for biometric authentication, and an IP68 design.


LG G8 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 16MP or 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP and 3D ToF
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


5. Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, S10 Plus

The Galaxy S10 phones have powerful speakers on board. All three devices — the Galaxy S10 Plus, S10, and S10e — sport two stereo speakers that were tuned by AKG and support Dolby Atmos sound. They get pretty loud and can easily fill up a room.

In terms of specs and features, the Plus model offers the most out of the three phones. You get the largest display, the biggest battery, and two front-facing cameras. Most of the other specifications are the same as those you get with the regular model. Both sport the same chipset, feature the same rear camera setup, and have an in-display fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy S10e, on the other hand, only has two cameras at the back and comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. It’s the smallest and cheapest phone in the lineup, but it is still a great option for demanding users owing to its powerful internals.


Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 512GB, or 1TB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12 and 16MP, 
  • Front camera: 8 and 10MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


6. HTC U12 Plus

smartphone speakers

The HTC U12 Plus might not be as good as last year’s flagships, but it still ranks highly when it comes to speakers. The phone packs stereo “BoomSound” speakers that offer great sound quality. They’re not quite front-facing though, as one of the speakers is actually at the bottom of the device. Nevertheless, it’s hard to have a list of smartphones with the best speakers without this phone.

HTC’s most recent flagship also features Edge Sense, which is identical to the Active Edge tech seen on the Pixel series. Other noteworthy features include a Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 6-inch QHD LCD screen, a slick IP68 design, a dual rear camera pairing (12MP and 16MP telephoto), and a dual selfie camera setup (8MP and 8MP).

The biggest downside has to be the capacitive volume and power buttons, and Jimmy Westenberg thought they were terrible in our HTC U12 Plus review. So if this doesn’t deter you and loud audio is a must, then consider giving this phone a shot.


HTC U12 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo


7. Razer Phone 2

smartphone speakers on the Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone 2 is one of the few flagships to offer front-facing speakers, and reviewer Lanh Nguyen praised the sound for being “very evenly balanced, with a good amount of both bass and treble.”

Razer’s second device is a gaming-focused phone too, delivering last year’s still powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, and a 120HZ display that should deliver smooth frame-rates in supported games. It even features a vapor chamber cooling system to keep performance steady over time. There’s only 64GB of storage available, which isn’t much for a gaming phone, but there is a microSD card slot on board.

The phone’s biggest weakness might just be the photo quality, as the 12MP+12MP telephoto pairing delivers disappointing results. You’re also only getting 64GB of (expandable) base storage. Still, the addition of a 4,000mAh battery, IP67 rating, and wireless charging goes some way to making up for this.


Razer Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, QHD
  • SoC: SD 845
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


8. Google Pixel 3 series

Google’s latest flagship phones stand out thanks to their excellent photo quality, stock Android implementation, and brisk updates. But you’re also getting a phone with good audio capabilities thanks to dual front-facing speakers.

Our own Kris Carlon thought they were “pretty serviceable” in his Pixel 3 review, but other Android Authority journalists swear by them anyway. Just be warned that you’ll need a dongle if you plan to use your aux cable or traditional wired headphones. 

Otherwise, Google’s phones deliver a 12MP rear camera, 8MP+8MP ultra-wide selfie pairing, Snapdragon 845 processor, and Active Edge squeeze gestures. 


Google Pixel 3 specs:

  • Display: 5.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 2,915mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


Google Pixel 3 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Rear camera: 12.2MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 8MP
  • Battery: 3,430mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie


These are the smartphones with the best speakers in our opinion, although there are plenty of others out there if you don’t like our picks. We’ll add more to the list once new models hit the market.