Top phones with IR blaster and remote control functionality (2015 edition)

Top phones with IR blaster and remote control functionality (2015 edition)
An infrared photon walks into a bar and says, "Is it hot in here, or is it just me?" Get it? Because infrared light is thermal radiation... Oh, forget about it. Let's shift the focus over to smartphones. Smartphones with IR blasters, to be more specific.

No, emitting heat isn't the purpose of these tiny infrared LEDs built into so many smartphones. It is not even close. An IR blaster built into a phone allows the handset to double as a universal remote control for a number of electronic devices we have around our homes. Using a special pre-loaded app, the phone can be programmed to control a TV, a set-top box, and maybe even your air conditioner.

Not all smartphones have a built-in IR blaster, however, which is why we thought we'd make a list of all the cool phones that offer one. In the slideshow below you'll find our top picks.

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Galaxy S6

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

8.9
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2550 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI
Galaxy S6 Active
  • Display 5.1 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3500 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat
G4

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

8.5
  • Display 5.5 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow LG UX UI
G Flex 2
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 2.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
One M9

PhoneArena Score:

8.3

User Score:

9.1
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 4 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat HTC Sense UI
One M9+

PhoneArena Score:

6.0

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 5.2 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Dual camera) 4 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio X10 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop HTC Sense UI
Z9
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2900 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop nubia UI
Mirror 5s
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop OPPO ColorOS UI
  • Display 5.0 inches 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2420 mAh
Mirror 5
  • Display 5.0 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2420 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop OPPO ColorOS UI
One ME
  • Display 5.2 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 4 MP front
  • Hardware MediaTek Helio X10 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop
Galaxy Note Edge
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Display 5.6 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
Galaxy Note4
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 3.7 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow Samsung TouchWiz UI

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