If you like to listen to music on your mobile, today we are going to offer you a list of the best smartphones for it. Not only are we going to give you their characteristics, but we will also tell you why we consider that these phones are great for listening to music.
A list in which we have wanted to include phones of various budgets so as not to focus exclusively on flagships. If you think there are other phones that have superior sound quality, you can leave us your opinion in the comments area.
The best smartphones to listen to music
The OnePlus 5T was announced in November 2017 and is one of the best phones of the moment for its value for money. It has a metal design with rounded corners and dual rear camera. Compared to the OnePlus 5, it presents interesting changes in the hardware and, above all, in terms of sound quality.
The OnePlus 5T is equipped with a 32 bit DAC chipset specially designed to produce a more than remarkable audio experience. OnePlus used the audio hardware of the OnePlus 5, but improved it quite a bit in the 5T model.
A mobile that also comes with a 6-inch Full HD+ screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of internal memory. In addition, it incorporates a 16 + 20 megapixel dual rear camera with f / 1.7 aperture, a 16 megapixel front camera and a 3,300 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung announced its new flagship for this 2018 at the last MWC in Barcelona. And with this mobile we finally got the samsung stereo speakerswith a configuration specially designed by AKG.
Speakers that, although they do not have the high volume of those of the Galaxy S8, do have a better sound experience. Why? Well, simply because the sound comes out much more balanced and its bass level is quite good. Therefore, it has a sound, in general, better than that of the Galaxy S8.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a 5.8-inch QHD+ (2960 x 1440 pixels) display, Qualcom Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The 12-megapixel rear camera features a variable aperture from f/1.5 to f/2.4 depending on lighting conditions. Finally, it has a 3,000 mAh battery.
HTC U11 Plus
HTC devices are known in audio for their Hi-Fi Boomsound speakers. The HTC U11 Plus, for example, has a sound quality that surpasses even that of the Galaxy S8. It is capable of supporting 24-bit audio, so the sound experience is more than excellent, and it supports 3D audio recording thanks to its quad microphones.
Not only does this device sound great on its own, but its USonic earphones they are fantastic. These headphones have built-in DAC and noise cancellation function. Although the curious thing about the case is that, despite being a great device for listening to music, it does not have a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
However, HTC has already confirmed that the HTC U11+ offers 30% better audio quality than the HTC U11.
This mobile comes with a 6-inch QHD (2880 x 1440 pixels) screen, Qualcom Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM. It incorporates a 12-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, an 8-megapixel front camera and a 3,930 mAh battery.
The Razer Phone’s audio setup is the best we’ve seen in 2017, beating even the HTC U11 Plus. Being a phone designed for gaming, it offers a great visual and audio experience. It comes with two stereo speakers placed at the top and bottom that surround us completely.
The Razer Phone’s audio performance outperforms HTC’s Boomsound speakers. This device has a 24 bit DACs which is capable of automatically tuning the audio experience. But, like the U11 Plus, it lacks a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack.
Of the rest of its features, we must highlight its 5.7-inch QHD screen, the Snapdragon 835 processor, its 8GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. The rear dual camera is 12 megapixels and the front sensor is 8 megapixels. It has an excellent 4,000 mAh battery. Here you have all the details of the Razer Phone.
The LG G6 it was one of the first flagships of 2017 to appear. A phone that, although it surprised us with its design, kept its best feature in its sound quality. Like the LG V20, it is equipped with a special DAC chipset which ensures an excellent audio and sound experience.
The LG G5, for example, came to us in 2016 with a 32-bit DAC chip, but the LG G6 grew to 64-bit. The quality of its speakers was therefore increased considerably.
The LG G6 is a mobile phone with a 5.7-inch screen and an 18:9 aspect ratio. Inside it incorporates a Snapdragon 821 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of internal memory. It has a 12-megapixel dual rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, a 5-megapixel front sensor and a 3,300 mAh battery.
The LG V30 was LG’s second flagship in 2017. An excellent phone in terms of sound thanks to its 32-bit Quad DAC system and to the B & O headphones that come with the mobile. Headphones that provide an audio output of 2 Vrms. This LG V30 DAC system is capable of reducing noise and improving amplifier performance.
According to LG, the new DAC in the V30 provides a 50% improvement in sound quality over the LG V20. And thanks, above all, to its ability to completely reduce noise. A device with which you can easily play sound files while maintaining the highest quality.
But it should be noted that the fantastic performance of the Quad DAC system of this mobile is only achieved through the headphones. Although, despite everything, without them it also gives us a pretty good sound.
The LG V30 is a terminal with a 6-inch QHD+ screen, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. It has a dual rear camera of 16 + 13 megapixels and a front camera of 5 megapixels. Finally, it incorporates a 3,300 mAh battery.
ZTE Axon 7s
The successor of the ZTE Axon 7 has as its most outstanding feature its audio quality. It is equipped with double Hi-Fi chips and front speakers with Dolby ATMOS sound. The truth is that the result is surprising.
The first audio chip is the AKM AK4961 DAC and it provides the best 32-bit audio experience. The secondary chip is the AKM AK4490 DAC which, combined with the previous one, offers perfect sound power. It goes without saying that in its price range this phone offers the best sound quality of the moment.
The ZTE Axon 7s has a 5.5-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. It comes with a Snapdragon 821 processor, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. It also incorporates a 20 + 12 megapixel dual rear camera, an 8 megapixel front camera and a 3,400mAh battery.
Huawei Mate 10
The Huawei Mate 10 it comes with a setup of two stereo speakers (one at the bottom and one built into the earpiece above the screen). The sound experience they offer is fantastic as it stays loud and clear even at low volume. So much so that it is not necessary to raise the volume above 60% to listen to good music.
It may not have the sound quality of the previous ones, but it is a great alternative to play games or go with headphones.
The Huawei Mate 10 comes with a 5.9-inch QHD screen. It incorporates a dual rear camera of 20 + 12 megapixels and a front camera of 8 megapixels. Its 4,000 mAh battery allows us to have almost two days of autonomy without charging. Here you have all the details of the Mate 10.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The audio quality of this device is one of its main features. It is equipped with front-facing stereo speakers and supports LDAC technology that prevents loss of quality when connected to a wireless speaker or headphones.
In addition, Sony has also developed the DSEE technology which provides better sound when playing MP3 files. This device supports Hi-Res Audio so the overall sound experience is quite remarkable.
In general, these are the best current phones to listen to music. We imagine that new terminals will come out this year that we will include in this article.
What do you think are the ideal mobiles for you to listen to music?