Best phones with front stereo speakers (2015 edition)

What's better than having a loud, clear-sounding speaker on your smartphone? Having a pair of them, of course. There's no denying that a nice set of stereo speakers on a phone's front take activities like watching movies, playing games, and, needless to say, listening to music, to a whole new level. 

Sadly, well-made smartphones packing front-facing speakers are rather hard to come by. Or so it seems, as, after consulting with our vast cell phone database, we shortlisted a whole bunch of attention-worthy handsets. All of them have great stereo speakers and should be able to fulfill your entertainment needs just fine. Check them out!

HTC One M9 and M9+

You weren't expecting us to start this list with a phone other than the One M9, were you? HTC's flagship handset packs a powerful processor, looks gorgeous in its metal outfit, and rocks the party with its Boomsound speakers. And if you happen to live in China, you should really check out the HTC One M9+, which is the M9's larger, no-less-potent cousin. 

HTC One E9+

The recently-announced HTC One E9+ is a powerful multimedia device. It is equipped with a large, 5.5-inch display of QHD resolution, one of MediaTek's top SoCs, and tons of RAM. A pair of front-facing speakers graces its front. Kind of disappointingly, the smartphone isn't expected to launch outside of Asia.

Sony Xperia Z4

Back in April, Sony made the announcement of its latest flagship device, namely the Xperia Z4. It isn't all that big of an upgrade over its predecessor, the Xperia Z3, but it is an attention-worthy smartphone nonetheless, packing powerful hardware inside a sleek, water-tight body. While the Sony Xperia Z4 is meant to be sold solely on the Japanese market, a rebranded version of it might launch globally, according to rumors.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Now here's a smartphone of a rare breed. The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is one of the few handsets delivering top-notch hardware specs in a compact, pocket-friendly form factor. Plus, the handsets is IP68 certified, meaning that it is resistant to dust- and water damage. On a related note, you might not want to rush in and buy one if the Z3 Compact sounds like a phone for you. That's because a Z4 Compact may be announced in the coming weeks, according to rumors.

Google Nexus 6

The latest Nexus-branded smartphone stands in the opposite side of the size spectrum. It boasts a large, 6-inch Super AMOLED display with 1440 by 2560 pixels of resolution for sharp, detailed visuals. The Nexus 6 also happens to be one of the few phones running Android in its pure, unaltered form, which makes it an ideal choice for Android purists.

HTC Desire EYE

It's not just the stereo front-facing speakers that make this phone special. The HTC Desire EYE boasts a generous, 13MP auto-focus camera on the front, paired with a dual-LED flash. As you can surely tell, this makes it a phone ideal for selfies. All in all, the Desire EYE rests in the upper mid-range category with its 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801, 2GB of RAM, and 5.2-inch, 1080x1920-pixel display. 

HTC Desire 826

The Desire 826 is one of the few mid-range phones rocking front stereo speakers. Pair them with its large, 5.5-inch screen and you end up with a very potent entertainment device. Further specs include a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP main camera.

Motorola Moto G (2014)

Speaking of mid-range phones, we give you the 2014-edition Motorola Moto G. Although not an entirely new model, this is still one of the best value-for-money smartphones out there, retailing for just $179 off-contract. Before you hit that "Add to Cart" button, however, you might want to know that the 2015-edition of the Moto G is likely around the corner, and chances are it will also be equipped with front-facing speakers.



1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I wish I could get my hands on the D826... I thought HTC promised they'd release this phone on their online store this year for the US market. Seem's they're in turmoil internally... Also, is it just me or does it seem HTC was happy to announce the D826 after the D820 was reported to have some extreme overheating?

2. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It really baffles me that Motorola put stereo speakers on the Moto G and not in the X... Anyway the sound is very loud on those devices. I like having front facing spiraled speakers on my Z3c however if you hold it further than 10 inches the stereo effect is lost... But yeah, front facing speakers should be standard today. Great for movies on the go, games and occasional songs when that doesn't disturb people around you

10. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Z2 and Z3 are left out. Typical PA all the negative stuff against Sony. Don't think there's a significant upgrade as well from htc m7 m8 or even m9 and all others are just mid range phones. The title suggest best phones with stereo speakers.

19. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

It has speakers on the top and bottom no? Or do you mean they don't allow it to be used in stereo.

26. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It has a single front facing speaker at the bottom... The top one is the earpiece, deceiving. However it's been said that the audio quality is superior to others with stereo such as the Moto G itself...

3. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

lol 5 out of 10 are HTC

4. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

"It isn't all that big of an upgrade over its predecessor, the Xperia Z3" , so much hate, who paid you pa?

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

Who paid them? Seriously? It's common knowledge that Sony isn't known for huge leaps from flagship to flagship. The truth hurts, bro.

11. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Title suggest otherwise best phones with stereo speakers. So Z2 and Z3 should be included. Try looking again at m7 m8 and m9 if there's any significant leap of flagship to flagship.

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

I never said the Z2 or Z3 shouldn't be included. I'm not sure what that has to do with either of our comments. Also, Sony released the Z through Z4 in the span of 2.5 years. That's 5 flagships, one every 6 months. Don't even try to tell me that their jumps rival any other OEM. It's just not possible. Hell, the Z2 & Z3 were damned near the same phone!

14. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

front speaker, ip certification, great battery life, smooth ui, beautifull design. does your s6 have it all?

15. g2a5b0e unregistered

Why do you people keep going off topic? What does that have to do with my comment? And why are calling it "my S6"? I don't own one. Throw your fanboyism on someone who cares.

16. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

Active noise cancellation, does it has it?

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

Wow. Good job reading my post. We're done here.

22. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Hmmm... Random arguments and they cant stay on topic, i think you are talking to 16yr old girls

23. g2a5b0e unregistered

Sounds like it.

29. RonnieKeith

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Yes it does. There isn't a flagship phone on the market without a second or third mic just for that.. Do ur homework

25. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Thing is that they keep bashng Sony for not updating their flagships but at the same time they "forgot" to include similarily mean remarks about HTC M9. That's the problem.

5. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

oh no samsung phones pitty..

6. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

If I can, I will try to get every new phone with stereo speakers. I play halo Spartan assault with them, and the experience is amazing. You can almost feel every gunshot, every grenade explosion.

7. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

what about the alcatel idol 3

32. EricHope

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Yep. You'd think PhoneArena wouldn't overlook that one. And it was a great phone, too!

9. PryvateiDz

Posts: 445; Member since: Jul 31, 2011

I wish this spoke more about the performance. I get what the article was meant for, but it wouldn't been a better article if it was smartphone with the best front-facing speakers rather than smartphones that just happen to have front-facing speakers

13. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015


18. geusan

Posts: 137; Member since: Oct 19, 2014

samsung put dual edge gimmick on their s6, it count as a big upgrade. sony put usefull feature on their z3/4, pa said there is no big upgrade.

20. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Good speaker quality is something that is somehow pretty rare on phones, despite that phone calls where thing phones were originally designed for.

21. QuadFace

Posts: 179; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

I have no idea why the m8 is not here, camera?

24. nsnand

Posts: 27; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

alcatel idol 3?

27. sternstan

Posts: 1; Member since: May 18, 2015

what about vivo phones? they have some great speakers.

28. gallo

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

Hello, as there is not too much info to find about phones with front facing stereo speakers I started a facebook group called "smart phones with stereo speakers", group ID is 1453156871652652 as I can't post links as of yet. Feel free to join and share all the news. G

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