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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

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra back side straight on

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

Samsung’s latest flagship phones don’t have a 3.5mm port anymore. But they do have speakers! (And, if you must have a Samsung device with a headphone jack, you’ll need to buy a Galaxy S10.)

Otherwise, 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 pricetag.


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 4 series

Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 4 XL 2

The Pixel 4 XL is the better option over the Pixel 4, if you don't want to struggle with battery life.

Google’s 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 an improved dual-speaker setup.

The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL sport stereo speakers, one bottom-firing and one in the earpiece. In our review, we noted that they sound significantly better than their predecessors, with better bass, treble, and less distortion at high volumes. They’re also louder overall, making them among the best smartphone speakers on the market today. They’d be even better if they had a headphone jack like the Google Pixel 4a, and we wait to see what’s next from the Pixel line in terms of the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 that will be out sometime in the next few months.

There’s no getting around some mediocre-to-bad battery performance, but these devices have a lot else going for them. They feature Google’s Soli radar tech, incredible Astrophotography capabilities, a beautiful 90Hz display, and access to the latest and greatest software features to come out.


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8.1MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Asus ROG Phone 3

Asus ROG Phone 3 display best gaming phone

Credit: David Imel / Android Authority

One of our very top picks here is actually a gaming phone: the Asus ROG Phone 3, with nice front-facing speakers. This is one of the first phones with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor, and it has true performance everything with a 144Hz refresh rate display, 512GB of storage, and up to 16GB of RAM, plus one of the largest batteries on the market at 6,000mAh, like the ROG Phone 2 before it.

Like previous iterations, the ROG Phone 3 also has a variety of mobile gaming accessories that enhance the smartphone gaming experience including an AeroActive 3 cooling fan, and shoulder triggers for versatile gaming options. It’s great for watching video or playing music with its 6.6-inch display and dual-front speakers, too. Prop it up or hold it in your hand and stream whatever you want to listen to all day — and be able to hear it. This guy ticks a lot of boxes!


ROG Phone 3 specs:

  • Display: 6.59-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 24MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. LG V60 ThinQ

LG V60 top half of back 1 - Triple camera phones

The LG V60 ThinQ has one of the best audio setups 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. LG G8X ThinQ

LG G8X ThinQ angled dual screen in hand

LG uses “Crystal Sound OLED” technology on the LG G8X, 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. It’s basically perfect for an audiophile, which is why it’s the second LG phone on this list.

In terms of its other specs, it packs a Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, plus microSD slot, and a nice 4,000mAh battery. The LG G8X sports a 12MP standard sensor and a 13MP ultrawide sensor on the back for medium-level versatility, but it takes solid photos.

It also provides a foldable experience without the huge cost thanks to its second screen accessory.


LG G8X ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 waterproof phone on a table

Samsung has offered a pretty solid audio experience across the recent S-range, including the S10 series before this Galaxy S20 series. You get great speakers supporting Dolby Atmos audio, while still offering IP68 water and dust resistance.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review — Too much of a good thing

The Galaxy S20 family stands out for many other reasons than just audio capabilities. They host some great specs, including the Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, big batteries, and beautiful QHD+ screens with a 120Hz refresh rate. In plain English, you’re getting a very fast phone with a sharp, smooth display, and nice quality audio.

Samsung is also upping the ante when it comes to camera capabilities, delivering high-resolution sensors, 8K recording, and neat features like Single Take mode and Night Hyperlapse functionality. Just don’t expect a 3.5mm port though, so in some ways, the S10 series may appeal more given they each retained the headphone jack, with the S10e the cheapest way into the market here. In any case, having options always helps. 


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 48MP + 3D ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Sony Xperia 1 II

Sony Xperia 1 II camera macro 3

Sony has been giving its smartphones 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 retails for around $1,200, and hasn’t seen too many offers from around the usual smartphone deals, making it one of the more consistently expensive flagships of 2020. Still, it’s solid!


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

8. 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 that boom. And while it’s not even close to being a brand new flagship phone, it’s still loud and proud and can be found on sale. The reason it’s still on this list is that our reviewer Lanh Nguyen praised the sound for being “very evenly balanced, with a good amount of both bass and treble,” and few phones have beaten it for that speaker quality over the last year or two.

Razer most recent flagship is a true gaming-focused phone too, delivering the still solid 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.

The phone’s biggest weakness might just be the photo quality, as the 12MP+12MP telephoto pairing delivers disappointing results although updates later to the device do help. You’re also only getting 64GB of (expandable) base storage and no headphone jack means you’ll need an adapter if you’re not going with Bluetooth. Still, the addition of a 4,000mAh battery, IP67 rating, and wireless charging goes some way to making up for this, and by now it’s one of the cheaper phones on this list.


Razer Phone 2 specs:

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

These are the smartphones with the best phone 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.