phones with an ir blaster

An IR blaster can be an asset on your phone, allowing it to double as a universal remote, giving you control over various electronic devices in your home. Unfortunately, phones with IR blasters aren’t as common as they used to be. Companies like Samsung have more or less ditched the technology altogether, but you can still find it on smartphones from Chinese brands.

Best phones with an IR blaster:

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list of the best phones with an IR blaster regularly as new devices launch.


What is an IR blaster, anyway?

The “IR” in IR blaster simply stands for “infrared.” The hardware itself is also equally simple to understand. If your phone has an IR blaster, it allows you to send commands, via infrared rays, to another device, such as a television, set-top box or stereo that is compatible with IR remotes. The main advantage of using an IR blaster-based device is that you don’t have to go through a cumbersome Bluetooth pairing process and that you can use it with older devices that don’t offer Bluetooth or wireless connections.


1. Huawei P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus

Huawei P40 Pro Plus with IR blaster

Despite the lack of Google Play Services, Huawei’s P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are some of the best phones around, hands down. The fact that they’re phones with IR blasters is just some extra icing on top. Both models take the impressive cameras of the earlier P30 family and crank them even closer to perfection.

See also: Huawei P40 Pro review | Huawei P40 Pro Plus review

While you’ll find a bit of bloat in Huawei’s UI, both the P40 Pro and P40 Pro Plus are about as refined as you can get. The build quality is excellent, and the 90Hz displays are incredibly smooth. Both phones actually measure in at 6.58-inches with Full HD+ resolutions. You’ll also find an identical setup of 8GB of RAM and the Kirin 990 chipset on both devices.

One benefit to choosing Huawei’s P40 Pro Plus over the P40 Pro is that you’ll get a whopping 512GB of storage space to work with. It includes a quad-camera setup as well, compared to the three lenses you’ll get with the more affordable option.


Huawei P40 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 40, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei P40 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.58-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Kirin 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 40, 8, and 8MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Poco F2 Pro

Poco F2 Pro back

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The Poco F2 Pro is known as the Redmi K30 Pro in some markets and offers an accessible price with high-end phone features. It sticks with the IR blaster making it quite a deal for what’s on offer.

This Snapdragon 865 phone sports a 6.67-inch Full HD+ display, up to 8GB of RAM, and a 4,700mAh battery with 30-watt charging. The company claims you can get the battery from zero to 100 percent in 63 minutes.

The battery is said to go from zero to 100 percent in 63 minutes.

The F2 Pro also features a pop-up selfie camera, four rear cameras, and a headphone jack. All these things combined and the IR blaster make it useful, plus one of the best Snapdragon 865 phones you can get at the price point.


Poco F2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 with IR blaster

The Xiaomi Mi 11 may not have as many bells and whistles as the upcoming Mi 11 Ultra, but it’s still one of the best phones with an IR blaster. It’s also one of the newest devices on our list, so new that we don’t have a review ready yet. That said, the Mi 11 packs a pretty impressive spec sheet, topped off by a 108MP main camera.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 buyer’s guide

Xiaomi’s latest flagship was one of the very first devices to launch with a Snapdragon 888 processor on board, beating the Samsung Galaxy S21 family. You can pair that up with 8GB or 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage space.

In addition to the 108MP shooter we mentioned before, you’ll also have the chance to try 13MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro lenses on the Mi 11. A front-facing 20MP selfie shooter rounds things out, and the 4,600mAh battery should keep you juiced up. It tops out at 55W charging speeds, so you won’t have to spend long at an outlet before you can get back to your IR blaster.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Huawei Mate 40 series

Huawei Mate 40 Pro angled shot of the camera bump

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Huawei has already made our list for its P40 series, but the Mate 40 lineup is just as good. It includes a total of three devices and all three feature handy IR blasters. All three devices offer a few features that make them unique, though the common specs are what make the line great.

See also: Huawei Mate 40 series buyer’s guide

For starters, you’ll find the same 5G-ready Kirin 9000 chipset on both Mate 40 Pro models, as well as a 9000E on the standard Mate 40. The standard Mate 40 offers 8GB of RAM alongside 128 or 256GB of storage, while the Mate 40 Pro matches the RAM and comes with up to 512GB of storage. If you want 12GB of RAM, you’ll have to get your hands on the Mate 40 Pro Plus, which runs on 256GB of storage.

All three devices feature Leica-tuned camera arrays, though the Mate 40 Pro Plus packs a fourth lens. You should have a great photography experience on any of the devices, it just depends on your needs. Huawei kept the same 13MP selfie camera across the entire lineup, though the Mate 40 Pros come with ToF 3D sensors too. The IR blasters on Huawei’s Mate 40 lineup are just an extra goodie on top.


Huawei Mate 40 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 9000E
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 16, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei Mate 40 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 9000
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 50, 20, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Huawei Mate 40 Pro Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 9000
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 20, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Xiaomi Mi 10T series

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro with IR blaster

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Xiaomi’s Mi 10T series takes its place among the best phones with IR blasters, and they’re far better options than the previous 9T lineup. Instead of rehashing a few Redmi designs, Xiaomi added some serious 5G kick to the Mi 10T lineup without inflating the price tags.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro review

Like many modern smartphone lines, you’ll find three phones in the Mi 10T lineup — a Mi 10T Lite, the standard Mi 10T, and the Mi 10T Pro. All three are identical in terms of the 6.67-inch displays, and you’ll find Android 10 running MIUI 12 across the board too. In order to save some money, Xiaomi trimmed the Mi 10T Lite down to 6GB of RAM and it starts at 64GB of storage. You’ll get at least 128GB of storage on the more powerful versions, and the Mi 10T Pro packs 8GB of RAM.

Xiaomi chose a Snapdragon 865 chip to keep both the Mi 10T and Mi 10T Pro up to speed, and the Mi 10T Lite relies on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G. While you’ll find four total cameras on the Mi 10T Lite, The Mi 10T Pro is the only one with a 108MP main shooter. Both of the other models top out at 64MP. Don’t forget, all three of these phones include IR blasters, and you can grab most of them for under $500.


Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 750G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,820mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10T specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Poco X3

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC POCO branding on the back of the device

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Poco first made waves a few years back with the Pocophone F1, and it hasn’t really slowed down since then. Its portfolio has grown exponentially, and the Poco X3 is one of its best efforts yet. Further, it’s one of our favorite affordable phones that just so happens to have an IR blaster.

See also: Xiaomi Poco X3 review

The 6.76-inch display offers plenty of real estate for just about anything you can imagine. It even comes with a massive 5,160mAh battery onboard the NFC version, so you should easily get two days of juice. The huge Poco branding on the back of the X3 may not be for everyone, but at least you can throw a case on it. However, you can’t throw a case on the fact that there are ads in the UI.

We’re fans of the Poco X3’s main cameras, as well as the IR blaster, obviously. The video footage it captures isn’t necessarily great either, but the X3 is a serious value buy. You get a lot for your money, and you should be happy with the overall experience.


Poco X3 specs:

  • Display: 6.76-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 732G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,160mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Redmi Note 9 Pro

Redmi Note 9 Pro with IR blaster

Another affordable phone with an IR blaster for your consideration is Redmi’s Note 9 Pro. It’s the most advanced version of the standard Note 9, and it earns top marks for battery life and daily performance.

See also: Redmi Note 9 Pro review

The first thing you’ll notice on the Note 9 Pro is its beautiful design. The glass back looks brilliant, especially at the right angle. Sure, it’s a fingerprint magnet, but the more we clean it, the more we can just stare at it. You’ll also notice the centrally mounted camera housing right away. It packs four lenses, led by a 64MP main shooter.

Unfortunately, it’s not all sunshine with the Redmi Note 9 Pro. We’re not overly impressed by the low-light camera performance, and it’s almost impossible to condone ads throughout the interface. Redmi seems to think that a heavy device is a premium one — the Note 9 Pro weighs 7.37 ounces, IR blaster and all.


Redmi Note 9 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 5, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,020mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Poco M3

Poco M3 back panel with camera module

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Our last phone with an IR blaster brings us back to Poco one more time. We told you the portfolio has been growing, and the M3 might be one of Poco’s best efforts yet. The design is brilliant, and it’s one of the brightest finishes you’ll find in 2021.

See also: Poco M3 review

We have to applaud Poco for its large stereo speakers, the powerful 6,000mAh battery, and we can’t forget about the pocket-friendly price tag. The M3 almost resembles a hi-tech LEGO brick in its bright yellow polycarbonate finish, and we’re not complaining. We do have a few complaints about the camera performance, as we’ve definitely seen better from the brand.

Poco grabbed a midrange Snapdragon 662 chip for the M3, which does just fine in most applications. There’s really a lot to like about Poco’s M3, and we’ll never complain about an IR blaster.


Poco M3 specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 662
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 6,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

There you have it, folks. These are our picks for the best phones with an IR blaster. Many other phones with IR blasters debuted last year, mostly from Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Huawei, and Honor. If you’re looking for a Samsung or HTC-branded handset, you’ll have to go with something much older like the Galaxy S6 and One M9.