Stereo speakers aren’t as common as they ought to be, perhaps due to the war we have been waging against bezels. If you have experienced or lived with a stereo-speaker phone even briefly, you know that adding an extra audio channel can make your audio experience more immersive
That’s because even users who prefer using headphones inevitably run into situations every now and then where they have to rely on the phone loudspeaker. In such situations when you are playing games, listening to music, or watching a movie on your phone screen with another person – stereo speakers make a significant difference.
So, if stereo speakers are high on your priority list, here are a few phones that you may consider.
List of phones with dual-front speakers
1. ROG Phone 3
ROG Phone 3 (review) is a gaming phone that’s popular for a number of reasons – a primary one being its powerful stereo speakers with a loud and wide soundstage and Hi-res audio support. Asus uses a separate amplifier for both the top and bottom speakers (7 magnets) and focuses on bass enhancement, crosstalk cancellation
The ROG Phone 3 has an unconventional, yet appealing design that prioritizes gaming needs. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 865+ octa-core chipset, has Air triggers to enhance the FPS gaming experience, and its HDR10 compliant screen supports a 144Hz refresh rate.
2. OnePlus 8 Pro and OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8 Pro (review), OnePlus 8, and OnePlus 7T are all competent mid-range phones, each phone offers stereo speakers. All of these phones also have fluid AMOLED displays with a 90 to 120Hz refresh rate.
Other strengths include a dependable Snapdragon 800 series octa-core chipset, fast Warp charging, and Android 10-based Oxygen OS.
- OnePlus 8 Pro price and specifications
- OnePlus 8 price and specifications
- OnePlus 7T price and specifications
3. Apple iPhones
8-series, X, XS-series, 11-series, and 12-series iPhones — or all iPhone models launched in the last three years have stereo speakers. So unless you are going for the iPhone 7(which is about to phase out soon), any iPhone you buy will deliver good quality stereo speakers.
The latest iPhones support spatial audio, which is to say that your sound would feel more immersive and wouldn’t seem to come from a particular direction.
- iPhone 12 Pro Max price and specifications
- iPhone 12 Pro price and specifications
- iPhone 12 price and specifications
- iPhone 12 Mini price and specifications
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Samsung has been consistently improving the audio experience on its flagships. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (review) has AKG tuned powerful stereo speakers and also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound.
The speakers didn’t feel as full as those on the Note 10+, perhaps due to Samsung resorting to narrower bezels and central notch, but the overall quality is still flagship-grade.
Other highlights include a gorgeous AMOLED display, 25W fast charging support, good quality cameras, and a handy stylus.
Other Samsung phones with Stereo speakers
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 price and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 price and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ price and specifications
5. Samsung Galaxy S20-Series
Samsung Galaxy S20-series phones – Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+, and Galaxy S20 Ultra – have stereo speakers along with Dolby Surround sound (Dolby Digital and Dolby digital plus) and support for Ultra High-Quality B (UHQ) 32-bit & DSD64/128 audio playback.
Samsung lays stress on camera improvements, but the new Models get a holistic upgrade including hardware like LPDDR5 RAM, bigger batteries with faster charging, and 120Hz refresh-rate displays.
- Samsung Galaxy S20 price and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S20+ price and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra price and specifications
Note: Users may also consider Galaxy S10-series phones that shall now retail for a lower starting price.
6. Google Pixel 4a
Google Pixel 4a is available in India for INR 29,999. This one offers a great camera, assurance of the latest Android updates directly from Google, and one of the best cameras for the price.
The Pixel 4a is also very slim, light, and compact which are traits not easy to come by these days.
7. Xiaomi Mi 10i 5G
Xiaomi Mi 10i sports a dual stereo speaker and a 3.5mm jack. The speaker output is loud but lacks the depth you would want. Audio from Bluetooth and wired headphones is also palatable.
Rest, the phone features a 6.67-inch FHD+LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 108MP quad-camera setup, Android 10 (w/ MIUI 12) a Snapdragon 750G SoC with 5G functionality, up to 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and 4820mAh battery.
8. Realme X2 Pro
The Realme X2 Pro (review) is still a benchmark for affordable flagship killers. The phone has a 90Hz refresh rate screen, 50W fast charging, is powered by Snapdragon 855+ octa-core chipset, and has impressive Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers – all for a sub 30K price!
The audio output is extremely loud and of fairly decent quality. And post the Android-10 based Realme UI upgrade, there shouldn’t be much left to complain about the software.
9. LG G8X
For the last few years, LG has been going the extra mile to deliver a distinguished audio experience. The brand’s current dual-screen flagship, the G8x, also integrates two speakers. The bottom one is used for low and mid frequencies and the top earpiece outputs highs. The overall audio output is quite loud and clear.
The LG G8x is powered by Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset, had an HDR10 compliant display, employs dual rear cameras, and has a 4000mAh battery. On the downside, it’s overpriced in India.
10. Poco X3
Poco X3 (review) is a big and brawny phone with a 6000mAh battery and among other things, it packs powerful stereo speakers.
It’s powered by Snapdragon 732 octa-core chipset backed by good quality RAM and Storage and retails for a very aggressive starting price. On the downside, the handset is thick and bulky.
11. Realme 7 Pro
Realme 7 Pro offers dual stereo speakers for under INR 20,000. The audio output can get sufficiently loud and the quality feels decent enough for the price.
The Realme 7 Pro employs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G octa-core chipset, has a fancy AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a massive 4500mAh battery with whopping 65W fast charging support!
10 Best Phones with Stereo Speakers in India
Stereo speakers are still quite rare in the affordable segment, but you can make out from the list above, manufacturers aren’t missing out on this essential when it comes to flagships and prominent flagship killers.