Stereo speakers aren’t as common as they ought to be, perhaps due to war we have been waging against bezels. If you have experienced or lived with a stereo-speaker phone even briefly, you know that adding 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 2
ROG Phone 2 (review) is a gaming phone that’s popular for a number of reasons – a primary one being its impressive audio output. Asus uses a separate amplifier for both top and bottom speakers and the ROG Phone 2 also supports DTS: X output.
And since the phone starts at a very competitive mid-range price, you won’t have to pay an arm and a leg for the blast of loud and well-balanced audio.
The ROG Phone 2 has an unconventional, yet appealing design that prioritizes gaming needs. The handset is powered by Snapdragon 855+ octa-core chipset, has Air triggers to enhance FPS gaming experience, and its HDR10 compliant screen supports 120Hz refresh rate.
2. OnePlus 7T
OnePlus 7T (review) dragged down several 7 Pro features to a lower price point, and of these was powerful stereo audio. In fact, the 7T is even louder than the 7 Pro. The phone supports Dolby Atmos and the audio quality is quite good.
Other strengths include dependable Snapdragon 855+ octa-core chipset, fast Warp charging, and Android 10-based Oxygen OS.
3. Apple iPhones
8-series, X, XS-series and 11-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.
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4. Galaxy Note 10+ and Galaxy Note 10
Samsung has been consistently improving the audio experience on its flagships. The Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ (review) both have AKG tuned powerful stereo speakers and also support Dolby Atmos surround sound effect (not the Note 10 Lite though).
The speakers didn’t feel as loud as those on the s10+, 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, 45W fast charging support, good quality cameras, and a handy stylus.
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.
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Note: Users may also consider Galaxy S10-series phones that shall now retail for a lower starting price.
6. 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.
7. Asus 6Z
The Asus 6Z (Review) also has two speakers – one at the bottom and other clubbed with the earpiece – and together they get quite loud. The Audio quality doesn’t quite match what you get with flagships but is still pretty neat.
The Asus 6Z is one of the affordable phones that offers a clean UI (Android 10 after upgrade) and Snapdragon 855 octa-core chipset. It also has a swanky flip camera with motion detection and a massive 5000mAh battery. In short, a lot to like for the price.
8. LG G8X
For the last few years, LG has been going the extra mile to deliver 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.
9. Google Pixel 4
Google has always valued dual frontal speakers on all its flagships. The a-series phones – Pixel 3a/3a XL and upcoming 4a – don’t get stereo audio though. Google Pixel 4 has quite a lot to love, but when you key in factors as limited availability, gimmicky sonar, paltry battery, and high price – it’s more of a disappointment.
Anyhow, if your love for fabulous stock Android experience triumphs these flaws, you may still buy it and also relish the stereo audio it offers.
10. Moto G Stylus
The Moto G Stylus is a Snapdragon 665-powered entry-grade phone that has stereo speakers and a stylus. The handset runs stock Android 10, has a 16MP selfie camera in a punch-hole notch, and brandishes triple rear cameras.
The phone is yet to release in India, so we can’t vouch for the actual audio quality. However, if you have been waiting for a decent affordable phone with stereo speakers, the Moto G Stylus could fit the bill.
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.