Best phones with an IR blaster for all your remote control needs

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IR Blaster phones
A decade ago, the sole purpose of cell phones' infrared ports was to enable the exchange of data with another device. These were eventually rendered obsolete by the superior Bluetooth technology, which was more reliable and worked from a greater distance. 

So why then are we seeing more and more Android smartphones launching with a built-in IR blaster? Well, because it allows the handset to act as a universal remote control. And that's pretty neat. With the help of a pre-loaded app, many Android smartphone models let the user control their TV, set-top box, and receiver straight from their smartphone.

If that's a feature you'd like to have on your handset, then check out our list of best smartphones with a built-in IR blaster.

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PhoneArena Score:

9.1

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 5.1 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S4

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

9.2
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
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G2

PhoneArena Score:

9.4

User Score:

9.2
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
One

PhoneArena Score:

9.1

User Score:

9.4
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop HTC Sense UI
  • Display 4.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
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Galaxy Note3
  • Display 5.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Galaxy Mega 6.3
  • Display 6.3 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2 Samsung TouchWiz UI
G Pro 2

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 5.9 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3200 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop LG Optimus UI
One max

PhoneArena Score:

8.3

User Score:

9.8
  • OS Android 4.4.2 HTC Sense UI
  • Display 5.9 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
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Galaxy S4 mini
  • OS Android 4.2.2 Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
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G2 mini

PhoneArena Score:

6.0

User Score:

7.6
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 4.7 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSD
  • Battery 2440 mAh
Optimus L9 II

PhoneArena Score:

8.0

User Score:

9.0
  • Display 4.7 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2150 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2

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