Nokia started a very welcome trend with the Rich Recording functionality built into the first 808 PureView, and hasn't looked back since, keeping its game at the top of the smartphone sound recording performance with stereo input from no less than four noise-canceling mics in handsets like the Lumia 930. There hasn't been a flagship Lumia for a while, though, and practically all current high-end phones record stereo sound.
Not all phones in the midrange category, however, are created equal when it comes to video sound, or general audio recording with them. A bunch of manufacturers, however, have started paying more attention to the audio recording abilities of their handsets, and it has shown in many of this year's midrangers, whose sound processing chips and noise-cancelling mics allow for stereo audio capture. We've rounded up some of those affordable 2015 Androids that record stereo audio for the audiophile in you to consider when hunting for a handset that won't break the bank.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is an IP68-certified Android phone with a 1.7GHz, 64-bit octa-core processor, 13 megapixels main camera, 5 megapixels front shooter, and LTE supports. Not bad at all for a $300 waterproof phone with fine battery life and stereo audio recording.
The P8 lite sports a 5" HD display, 1.2-GHz 64bit octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage (expandable via microSD card), 13-megapixel dual-LED camera and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. It sports some slick design visuals and offers stereo recording for the low price of $250 without a contract.
Despite the modest specs and rock bottom $100 price, the Redmi 2 has a lot going for it, stereo audio recording included. It is equipped with the same 4.7-inch 720 x 1280 screen found on the Redmi 1S, but has a 64-bit, 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 processor with 1 GB of RAM under the hood. The native memory is 8GB and can be expanded via microSD. There is an 8 megapixels camera on the back, as well as 2 MP front one.
It is hard to keep count of the many reincarnations that the Zenfone 2 now comes in - from a selfie phone equipped with a 13 MP frontal cam, to a beast with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. It has already proven itself as one of the most popular midrangers for the year, and a few things, like the stereo audio recording while filming, come constant.
This year's edition of Motorola's affordable E-line comes with stereo recording, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm processor (a Snapdragon 410 on the LTE version, and a Snapdragon 200 on the 3G-only version), and sports a 4.5-inch, 540 x 960 pixels display - thus being slightly larger than the 2014 model. Other features include a 5 MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of expandable internal memory, and a 2390 mAh battery that's "designed to last all day." All that jazz can be had for just $150, and the phone flaunts Android 5.0 Lollipop to boot.