Best phones with front stereo speakers

Best phones with front stereo speakers
There was a time when loudspeaker quality stood pretty low on phone manufacturers' priority list. The loudspeakers on most phones had atrocious sound output, and listening to music on them was about as pleasurable of an experience as Chinese water torture. Okay, they weren't that bad, but still, there was plenty of room for improvement.

Today, even the average smartphone sounds pretty decent. In fact, we're seeing more and more smartphones with front-facing speakers popping up, and these, without a doubt, deliver the best listening experience one can get on a smartphone. 

This brings us to today's pick. After consulting with our database, we compiled a list of the best smartphones with front stereo speakers. If that's the kind of smartphone you're interested in, feel free to explore the slideshow below.

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42 Comments

1. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Wow a refreshing no-S5 article. Its great way to use the extra bezel size and M8 got the best front speaker.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

There have been plenty of articles in the past few days that weren't S5 articles - just so you know.

9. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

They could have reduced bezel size with placing the logo somewhere else

23. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

The logo doesn't have anything to do with the size of the bezel.

35. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Samsung might want to put that logo in somewhere, like in the back of the cover case. Its so fugly.

13. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

PA is wrong... very few companies are putting front stereo speakers... so far HTC is using this construction in their phones or sony just introduced it

18. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The M7, which had BoomSound speakers, was released almost a whole year before the Z2 was announced.

24. dil2abu

Posts: 315; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Sony had stereo speakers way back in W550i..

29. alexvoda

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 11, 2013

Motorola also had stereo speakers with synchronized RGB lights in 2005 with the ROKR E1 (E790).

26. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Samsung has one called Samsung Music smartphone with front stereo speakers released in 2012.

42. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

couldn't call, i don't think

41. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Motorola is showing signs of making all future devices with front facing speakers.

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Makes me wonder why butthurt OEM-only fanboys like you exist, can't we be just One android fans united. :p

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

5 out of 7 are HTC phones. :)

31. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

How could the tech media are impressed of this BS front speakers on the smartphones????? ROTFL Are they real TECH media??? No! Everyone who knows little about acoustic, knows that front speakers without the "acoustic box"(that the hands of the user makes), sound like a tweeters with no bass on such thin device. Even the new TVs use the "acoustic box" of the wall behind to reproduce the bass. So thin panel can not reproduce bass AT ALL. No front speakers there. Right?

32. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Or the answer is; Serving the Apple-HTC...... (aluminium) contract???

33. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Kwitcherbichin. Nobody is claiming that it's new tech. But it's definitely a feature that should be seen more often, and should have been seen earlier. These days, phones are used (more?) often as media devices than phones. Netflix, youtube, games, etc. Stuff we look at the screen to do. So why should the speakers face AWAY from us? Makes no sense. Front facing speakers do. It's like wheels on luggage, or upsidedown ketchup bottles. Somebody should have thought this $#%t up sooner.

36. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

At least it's better than speakers that doesn't shoot the sounds to your ears. Oh, the hassle of having to cup the speakers just so you can hear to the sounds or constantly flipping the phone while playing music to change tracks (or even do anything) because the screen is on the other side.. You're saying that it's BS because it doesn't have much audiophile quality but practicality alone is enough for consumers. Even most laptops don't have great speakers.

4. Stachura5

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Why no One M7? :(

7. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'd rather have the M7 than the M8 Mini. Same size, much better internals, better screen. The M8 Mini is a pointless phone.

37. imMature

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Kinda like G3 mini and G2. Haha.

5. realtrevor

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

And why is the BlackBerry Z30, because it's got great speakers?

8. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Read the title of the article.

6. LeBrownJames

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 17, 2014

Well it's obvious that HTC is the king when it comes to front speakers.

10. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

No doubt HTC basically owns this category

11. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Lol Amazon pftt

12. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

While I can perceive this as an opinionated review, there aren't that many other branded phones that use front facing stereo speakers. I suspect that this comparison is used to try and further prop up HTC as why it should be a consumers' best choice. I am becoming annoyed and disappointed in today's tech editors. Rather than reporting in regards to the interest of consumers, the reporters are consistently using subliminal articles to push their device of choice. I understand the power of media to encourage an approval of certain products. However, beating a dead horse doesn't add credentials to the reporter's cause nor does it help the company. I fully believe, due to experiencing this company, that HTC has a consumer relationship issue that is causing its sunset. I have written extensively to this company to share my concerns on why it is failing. I further ask that It's time the reporters use their clout to direct this issue to HTC rather than trying to act as the company prostitute. HTC needs help with integrals. Let's focus on that; Reporters should be working for the consumer. Not to give the consumer compromised offerings. It should be best of all worlds. In defense to HTC, there is a lot to like about it. But, it has foregone much of what made it one of the fastest growing handset makers. This has caused its rapid down spiraling and as a supporter and perpetual purchaser of HTC for many years, I feel offended that HTC decided to ignore its diehard consumers in favor of enlisting a practice of another branded handset completely different in what we were looking for. John B.

15. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

this is called brain washing, powerful tool for angencies and also the powerful tool for marketing

22. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I worked for a radio station back in the 70s. There was an oath amoungst the media that we should not use our status' as leverage for determining or influencing the people's choices. Today, this oath is skewed due to money generated by funded interests. I can only take articles written here as face value. I choose to retain the basic article for news and discard the opinion aspects. Until these sites become more serious with what consumers are actually interested in and looking for, rather than pushing what they personally like, we can consider the site as just a form of entertainment. Nothing more. These sites have the choice to be either an inspiration for legitimate consumer references or, remain a caustic web source of impractical knowledge. I'm this close to wanting to have my own reference site that would actually fight for the consumer's interests for "creating" the best phones instead of accepting whatever the manufacturers "think" we need. That is what sites like this should be looking for as well. We all want the best with no compromises, yet, these sites seem to always go out of their way to make consumers accept the compromise. John B.

14. takethree

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

I'm sorry but PhoneArena really got it wrong this time. Your selection is much too limited. Although the M8 sounds pretty good, it has nothing on the Lenovo S930 with its front facing Dolby speakers. Both in terms of loudness, quality or bass. It may have low end specs but it really got it right when it comes to the speakers! Go check it out!

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