Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017

Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017
One of the most overlooked items when choosing a smartphone is its speaker loudness and quality. One doesn't always have the opportunity to test the amplification before splashing the cash for a new smartphone.

If being able to hear your ringtone over ambient noise is a primal concern of yours, the 10 smartphones listed below are definitely worth checking out. All of them are from 2017 and have been measured in our speaker loudness tests.The higher the number, the louder the speaker. 

Some of the candidates here will certainly surprise you. However, keep in mind that loudness does not always translate to a superior audio quality.

10. Huawei P10 Lite - 79dB


Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017

"A single loudspeaker located at the bottom takes care of the audio output. It is pretty loud and doesn't crackle like the ones on some its budget-friendly rivals, but depth is certainly lacking." - Read our full review here.

9. Honor 8 Pro - 79dB


Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017

"The phone's audio prowess is about average, both in terms of headphones output and with the provided loudspeaker, which could use a bit more oomph and a sound that comes out less flat." - Read our full review here.

8. Google Pixel 2 - 79.9dB



"This year, Google steps up its multimedia game for the Pixel 2 with the presence of dual front-facing stereo speakers. While some companies manage to get by with relative success pairing a rear-edge speaker with an earpiece speaker, there really is no beating an intentional layout like this, putting a real priority on immersive sound.

And just as we'd expect, that's exactly what we get from both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Of the two, we'd say the speakers on the smaller phone have the slight edge, being both louder and sounding a little cleaner than on the XL. Maybe that's due to having more room to work with thanks to the larger bezels, but neither phone should steer you too wrong."

7. Razer Phone - 80dB



"The front of the phone is dominated by a big, 5.7-inch screen, but maybe just as eye-catching are the large speaker grilles flanking the panel's top and bottom." The Razer Phone's speakers might not be the loudest, but they are certainly the best of the bunch in terms of audio quality. These are the first smartphone loudspeakers to obtain THX certification. Each speaker has its own amplifier and the pair is tuned to Dolby Atmos standards. - Read our full review here.

6. Samsung Galaxy S8+ - 80dB



"The loudspeaker of the new Galaxy is very powerful, but also quite substantial. Sure, it can’t deliver bass or anything close, but for a phone speaker, it sounds very well." - Read our full review here.

5. ZTE Axon M - 80.6dB


Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017

The ZTE Axon M features a loud dual-speaker setup that's located on its bottom. The speakers are great for calls and media consumption, although they are easily covered up when you're in landscape position (the two screens are unfolded). - Read our full review here.

4. Motorola Moto G5 - 81dB



"Interestingly, the loudspeaker on the Moto G5 is built inside the earpiece on the front. This is actually a nice choice: it means that sound is coming directly at you when you watch YouTube videos or play a song. The quality is decent: it’s not the loudest, nor the clearest, it’s just decent, but most phone loudspeakers fall in that category. We wish it had a bit more depth to it, as it currently sounds a bit tinny." - Read our full review here.

3. HTC U11 life - 81.1dB


Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017

"First, there's the speaker, which isn't great. It's loud, but audio tends to have a hollow quality that emphasizes low frequencies at the expense of crisp treble." Read our full review here.

2. Asus ZenFone AR - 82.6dB


Crank it up! Here are the 10 phones with the loudest speakers from 2017

"Asus’ custom speaker setup, pairs well with DTS technology to produce richer and clearer sound than most phones. On top of that, we’re afforded a number of ways to tweak the sound, which include bass and treble sliders, an EQ chart, and various preset sound profiles for specific scenes, headphone types, and listening experiences." - Read our full review here.

1. Nokia 8 - 83dB



"You have a single bottom-firing loudspeaker on the Nokia 8. The position is a bit awkward and you can easily muffle it when you hold the phone, but the quality is actually above average. The Nokia 8 speaker can get louder than many phones out there and while it lacks a bit in depth, it does get fairly clean overall output that makes it stand out in a good way." - Read our full review here.

Measured at 1m distance. The higher the number, the louder (not necessarily better) the speaker.

dB Higher is better
Nokia 8
83
Asus ZenFone AR
82.6
HTC U11 life
81.1
Motorola Moto G5
81
ZTE Axon M
80.6
Samsung Galaxy S8+
80
Razer Phone
80
Google Pixel 2
79.7
Honor 8 Pro
79
Huawei P10 Lite
79

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17 Comments

1. mimicryXD

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

in Speaker comparison of unbox therapy, Razer should be number and iphone x should be number 2??? im surprise razer is not number 1

11. WingMan unregistered

PA measures at 1m as you've seen unbox therapy measured at no more than 10cm away. It is normal for the results to be different.

2. jack123

Posts: 274; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

click baits "NOkia8"

4. peace247 unregistered

No iphone x? Wth

6. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Hmm I call foul too as I know this is 2017, But I put in the ZTE Axon 7 mini since I just scored one & my god it has I think still the loudest speakers of most of these listed & phonearena has it at only 76.8! other sites had it as high as 88 & I know it is more then 76 so ya this is not accurate.

7. Firenze91

Posts: 203; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Nobody listens to music without their headphones or an external speaker

12. torr310

Posts: 1608; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

iPhone X does have superior speaker at sound quality... not sure about the loudness though.

14. antmiu2

Posts: 549; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

No iPhone X??

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3759; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You can manually add it in. Comes in at 76.3

17. WingMan unregistered

I bet the iPhone X scored lower because of the speaker placement. At 1m the downfiring speaker might not have much impact on the measurements

18. daredevil1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 20, 2018

How do you miss the loudest one? The Sonium XP8 is 100dB+.

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