Smartphones today are not only used to make calls but have become a multimedia machine. For many, smartphones are the sole devices they rely on for multimedia consumption. And for an elevated experience, sound plays a major role. So to help you in choosing smartphones that are more suitable for watching movies, shows and more, here’s a list of them that have stereo speakers, meaning those which have two speakers and give you a surround sound effect:
1OnePlus Nord 2
The OnePlus Nord 2 sports a 6.43-inch FHD+ 90Hz AMOLED touchscreen. The display is HDR10+ certified with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The MediaTek Dimensity 1200 AI chipset powers the smartphone. There’s up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The OnePlus Nord 2 has been launched with the new OxygenOS 11.3. In addition, OnePlus Nord 2 5G has an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Moving on, it is backed up by a 4,500 mAh dual-cell battery with 65W fast charging. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, 5G, 4G LTE, GPS, and USB Type-C port for charging. Additional features on the OnePlus Nord 2 include Haptics 2.0, AI features all over the software, dual stereo speakers, and more.
For optics, you get a triple camera setup on the rear. The sensors include a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with OIS, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor, and a 2-megapixel Mono cam. On the front, there’s a 32MP Sony IMX615 camera for selfies.
We have personally tested the stereo speakers on this device and we can claim that they are one of the best sounding ones out there. The sound is fuller than we expected and gets super loud at maximum volume. There’s a little punch as well for those bassy effects and it is easily recommendable for multimedia consumption.
2Poco F3 GT
The Poco F3 GT features a 6.67-inch AMOLED display FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels) display. Further, the display comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 480Hz touch sampling rate, 500-nits peak brightness, and Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Additionally, there is HDR 10+, and DC Dimming.
Poco F3 GT packs the MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. It is coupled with up to 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The storage is expandable via microSD card.
For photos and videos, the phone comes with a triple rear camera setup. It has a 64-megapixel /1.65 aperture primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 119° FoV and a 2MP macro camera. For selfies and video calls, the device uses a 16-megapixel shooter.
As for software, the handset runs Android 11 based on MIUI 12.5. There’s also a 5,065mAh battery with 67W fast wired charging support. It includes a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for security.
And finally, the phone has dual stereo speakers that not only support Dolby Atmos, but high-res audio as well. However, we haven’t tested the speakers yet, but as per reviews, the sound from the stereo speakers should be enjoyable. It will help you with an enhanced experience not only while watching movies, but while playing games as well. It is one of the best smartphones with stereo speakers.
3iQOO 7 Legend
The iQOO 7 Legend comes with a 6.62-inch punch-hole style FHD+ AMOLED display that comes with a touch sampling rate of 300Hz and a variable refresh rate of up to 120Hz and is also HDR10+ certified. The display is also pressure sensitive in the left and right areas of the display when the device is in landscape position for more precise controls with supported titles.
The device is powered by the Snapdragon 888 paired with 8GB/12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS3.1 storage. The company has done special performance tuning so the consumer can take the best advantage of the processor while gaming with heavy graphics.
For the optics, the device has a triple camera setup on the back including a 48MP primary shooter with OIS,a 13 ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view and a 50mm equivalent 13MP telephoto sensor. Further, there is a 16MP shooter on the front for selfies and video calls.
The smartphone is backed by a 4000mAh battery that is split into two 2000mAh cells and supports 66W fast charging. The device also has dual stereo speakers with Hi-Res Audio certification. The iQOO 7 Legend runs on iQOO UI based on Android 11. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 6, 4G LTE, Dual-SIM support, Bluetooth v5.2, NFC, and Type-C port.
4Asus ROG Phone 5
Asus ROG Phone 5 comes with 6.78 inches full-HD+ OLED screen with 1080 x 2448 pixels resolution, an aspect ratio of 20.4:9, 144Hz refresh rate, 300Hz touch-sampling rate, 24.3ms touch latency, Gorilla Glass Victus protection and HDR10+. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 888 SoC processor coupled with Adreno 660, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.
The phone comes with a 6000mAh battery with 65W HyperCharge fast charging that can charge up to 4200mAh (70%) in 30 minutes and 100% in 52 minutes. It comes with an in-screen fingerprint scanner. For the software, the phone runs Android 11 operating system with ROG UI out-of-the-box.
On the camera front, the ROG Phone 5 gaming phone sports a triple rear camera setup, comprising a 64-megapixel primary sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 5-megapixel macro camera. On the front, there is a 24-megapixel selfie snapper. The phone supports High-fidelity sound via 7-magnet front-firing stereo speakers. Moreover, there are dual amplifiers, Dirac Audio tuning as well as Hi-res audio support.
Asus generally equips its gaming smartphones with one of the best high fidelity stereo speakers. The ROG Phone 5 doesn’t seem to miss out when it comes to the audio experience. During our review of the device, we specifically mentioned that the sound via the stereo speakers on this smartphone sounds great and there’s a whole vibration to the frame at full volume. The surround sound effect while playing games and movies is something worth experiencing.
5Samsung Galaxy S21 series
The whole of the Samsung Galaxy S21 series supports dual stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. Out of the series, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the leader of the pack and has some great sounding dual speakers.
The Galaxy S21 Ultra is the high-end device in the lineup and sports a 6.8-inch adaptive 120Hz QHD+ curved AMOLED display. It has a resolution of 3200 x 1440 and 515 ppi. The phone is powered by an octa-core Exynos 2100 SoC in global markets (Snapdragon 888 in the US). It is paired with 12GB and 16GB LPDDR5 RAM options. It has IP68 water and dust resistance.
The phone features a quad camera setup. The setup consists of 108-megapixel wide-angle camera with an f/1.8 aperture, OIS, and a 12-megapixel dual pixel ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture. Furthermore, there’s a 10-megapixel Telephoto lens for 3x zoom, OIS support. Lastly, there’s another 10-megapixel Periscope lens for 10x zoom, 100x Space Zoom, Laser autofocus sensor, 4K 60 fps, 8K 30fps. On the front, the device has a 40MP camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
6Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi has worked with Harman Kardon to tune the stereo speakers equipped in its recent flagship smartphones. The stereo speakers on the Mi 11 Ultra support Hi-Res & Hi-Res Wireless Audio. They are amongst the best sounding stereo speakers equipped in any smartphone.
The Mi 11 Ultra sports a 6.81-inch WQHD+ (3200 × 1440 pixels) E4 AMOLED display and is curved at all 4 sides, with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, a 240Hz touch sampling rate, Dolby Vision support as well as HDR 10+ support. It is protected by the new Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. The phone also has a 1.1-inch (126 x 294 pixels) AMOLED secondary touch display on the back. It supports always-on mode and has a peak brightness of 450 nits. It can be customized to show call notifications, normal notifications, clock and more.
The Mi 11 Ultra is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, paired with Adreno 660 GPU, and up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, and up to 512GB UFS 3.1 storage. The triple camera setup on the back, housed in a rectangular array, includes a 50MP Samsung GN2 primary wide-angle sensor with an f/1.95 lens and Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) paired with two 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 ultra-wide-angle and tele-macro camera sensors.
The ultra-wide-angle camera comes with an f/2.2 lens and a 128-degree Field of View (FoV). And the tele-macro lens supports 5x optical and 120x digital zoom. The display on the back can also be used to see the image from the back camera so one can take selfies using the rear camera.
The display has a hole-punch cutout for housing the 20MP f/2.2 selfie camera. It is backed by a 5000mAh battery that can be charged with 67W of power with a wire along with 10W reverse wireless charging support. The phone also has an IP68 rating which makes it water-resistant. There is also an in-display fingerprint sensor. Connectivity options on the phone include 5G, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, NFC, and a USB Type-C port for charging.