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

Best phones with an IR blaster for all your remote control needs
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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    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
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  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow
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Galaxy S4
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    1920 x 1080 pixels
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  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
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    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
    2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 3000 mAh
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One
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    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)
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    3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDHC
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    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
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G Pro 2
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    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera)
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    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Single camera)
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    HTC Sense UI
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  • Display 4.3 inches
    960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.9 MP front
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    1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 1900 mAh
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G2 mini
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  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
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  • Battery 2440 mAh
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Optimus L9 II
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    1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
    1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 2150 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2

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