Best music smartphones (with good sound from headphones and speakers) of 2018

The era of small MP3 players is left behind – today people listen to music using smartphones. Of course, the players did not disappear from the sale, but the demand for them fell significantly. And this is not surprising when you consider that some smartphones sound great.

Last year, we already told you about smartphones that sound good in headphones and have great sound from the speakers. In this case, we decided to change the approach and talk about music smartphones in one review: first – about smartphones with good sound in the headphones, then – from the speakers, in some places – about everything together.

Please note that not all devices from the list are easy to purchase – in some cases they will have to be searched.

Highscreen boost 3

We will start the review with Highscreen Boost 3. Last year we talked about this model – it is still on sale and even managed to get cheaper, so you can buy a music smartphone for a relatively low amount.

It uses the ESS9018K2M DAC and the ADA4897-2 amplifier. The company additionally took advantage of the services of sound tuning specialists, so the result, if you believe the reviews and tests, struck literally everyone – it is argued that this smartphone is almost the best among other music smartphones. Is it so? Perhaps, but before you buy, we strongly recommend listening to the sound, so as not to be disappointed. In the end, someone may not like the sound corny. Mandatory pre-listening applies to all other devices in our review..

In addition to sound, Highscreen Boost 3 can please with replaceable 3000 mAh and 6000 mAh batteries.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 140g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6753
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000/6000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

LG V30+

New from LG. Yes, this is another flagship of the company, but the most interesting thing is that the emphasis in it is placed on an advanced sound system. Here the ESS Saber ES9218P audio chip is installed, and as a cherry – a headset from the famous Bang & Olufsen company.

Judging by the reviews, the device sounds gorgeous: you hear those nuances that can not be heard on other smartphones. Huge and volume margin.

Interestingly, the main speaker is single, although loud.

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2880 × 1440
  • Weight: 158g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

HTC U11 64GB

In this case, HTC decided to abandon the full 3.5 mm output using USB Type-C, so in order to listen to your favorite headphones, you need to use the adapter, which, fortunately, you will find in the kit.

We don’t know about any dedicated chip, but through the bundled headset, the sound, according to users, is very worthy. This can be explained by the fact that the device can adjust the sound to the individual characteristics of the user.

The sound from the two speakers is good, and they are very loud.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 169g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Meizu Pro 7 64GB

The new flagship from Meizu. It is noteworthy for two interesting features: firstly, the Cirrus Logic CS43130 Hi-Fi DAC is used here, so there is no need to worry about sound, and secondly, in this device you will find two displays at once – the main one and a small additional one on the back.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 163g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P25 (MT6757T)
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 12/12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Meizu Pro 7 Plus 64GB

The Pro 7 Plus differs from the Pro 7 in a larger display (5.7 inches versus 5.2 inches), a more powerful MediaTek Helio X30 processor, and a slightly increased battery capacity. DAC is exactly the same – Cirrus Logic CS43130 Hi-Fi.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 170g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio X30
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Camera: 12/12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

ZTE Axon 7 64GB

A rather rare device, but more than known in the camp of lovers of good sound, is the ZTE Axon 7. This is a powerful flagship device, which in this case is of particular interest to us in the sound component: dual Hi-Fi chipset: AK4961 and AK4490, support for Dolby Atmos Surround Sound, as well as a dual speaker.

Users note the great sound from the headphones, some even call it the best in this parameter.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2560 × 1440
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3250 mAh
  • Camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Meizu Pro 6 32Gb

The flagship device from Meizu, which has long delighted music lovers with its musical smartphones. Pro 6 is no exception, the sound in the model is very high quality, the Cirrus Logic CS43L36 DAC is installed. Although, according to some reviews, the past Pro 5 sounded a little better. In any case, before buying, listen to the sound in the headphones.

The rest is a powerful smartphone with a 5.2-inch screen. Installed processor – MediaTek Helio X25 (MT6797T), 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, a fingerprint scanner, an excellent 21 MP camera, metal body, etc..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 160g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio X25 (MT6797T)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2560 mAh
  • Camera: 21.16 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

ZTE Nubia Z11

The most powerful flagship from ZTE with 6 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The Nubia Z11 sound system produces Hi-Fi + sound quality, for which the AKM AK4376 + Smart PA audio chip, as well as the Dolby Atmos Surround Sound system, are responsible. Interestingly, the smartphone has only one speaker.

Another cool feature of this smartphone is the frameless case. Alas, at the time of writing, you can buy a device only from abroad. We hope it goes on sale soon..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

HTC One M9

HTC One M9 continues the glorious traditions of HTC One M8, the sound of which is still argued by music lovers. Information about the “musical hardware” is not given, but the sound of the One M9 in comparison with the One M8 did not become worse. If you believe it, this is one, very high, level.

But now there are two stereo speakers installed, on which experts have worked. They achieved surround sound. Some reviews claim that the HTC One M9 easily plays multi-channel tracks from YouTube. Oh yes, stereo speakers – with built-in amplifiers.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 157g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2840 mAh
  • Camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Lenovo Vibe X3

An interesting device was prepared by Lenovo. First, let’s talk about the sound in the headphones. Apparently, it sounds really great, which is clearly hinted at by the ESS ES9018K2M DAC, the Wolfson WM8281 audio chip and the TI OPA1612 amplifier.

As for the sound from two large speakers, it is claimed that their power is quite enough to swing a room of 20 square meters. To ensure surround sound, Dolby Atmos technology is used, which, according to reviews, copes with its task perfectly.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Camera: 21 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

iPhone 8 64Gb

Now – about the speakers and good sound.

Yes, yes, we were not mistaken – the iPhone 8, like the iPhone 7, received two speakers. This means that now you can enjoy stereo sound. It is indicated that the volume level increased by 25% (compared with the iPhone 7), while the sound itself became even cleaner and more pleasant for the ear.

However, we would not call a smartphone completely new, it is more likely restyling, even if much has changed.

Of the new features – support for wireless charging and True Tone.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1334 × 750
  • Weight: 148g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Apple A11 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 1 821 mAh
  • Camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

HTC One X9 Dual Sim

New device from HTC. This is a 5.5-inch smartphone with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, a MediaTek Helio X10 processor (MT6795) and as much as 3 GB of RAM.

Two stereo speakers are installed here – in the upper and lower parts of the case, there is an amplifier. The sound is good, but still not perfect, albeit loud.

By the way, in the headphones, the HTC One X9 sounds very, very good. However, this applies to almost all HTC smartphones, because the company pays a lot of attention to the sound.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1920 × 1080
  • Weight: 170g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795)
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes

Lenovo Vibe K5

Of the inexpensive models, the Lenovo Vibe K5 stands out – a 5-inch smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a metal case. It has two speakers that are located on the back, there is support for Dolby Atmos technology. The speakers sound good – loud and clear enough. It’s clear that they lag behind the sound of the same iPhone 7, but the Vibe K5 costs many times cheaper.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 142g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 415
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2750 mAh
  • Camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes
  • Support for 4G networks: yes