TechSmart has prepared a guide listing the cell phones with the best screens among the models we tested in 2022. After all, it is increasingly common for people to consume series and movies on their cell phones and need a large screen with good brightness and image quality to watch anywhere.
Now we have another guide, this time focusing on the sound part for those who use their cell phones to listen to music or who are looking for powerful speakers to watch their series and movies anywhere and hear all the details with quality.
Unfortunately, it is still common to see manufacturers neglecting the sound part of their entry-level cell phones, limiting them to low-quality mono sound. With that, we list here models that start at R$ 1 thousand, starting with more advanced cell phones that bring designer speakers and technologies that improve the sound for a more immersive experience.
Guide index for Best sound phone
Anyone who wants to have a good sound experience is not interested in a cell phone with only one speaker. And if you are looking for an affordable model that has two sound outputs for stereo audio coming from both sides, we recommend the Moto G32 as the best option. Now in early 2023, it can be found for just over BRL 1,000.
Motorola has been sinning for a long time in the sound part of its most affordable cell phones, but in the Moto G32 we have the call speaker at the top of the screen that acts as a secondary channel and delivers the same power as the bottom sound output for an experience balanced sound.
In addition to being powerful, the sound does not distort when the volume is at maximum and has a good balance between bass, mids and highs. It comes with a simple hard plastic headset that isn’t the most comfortable, but it’s a nice extra compared to other phones that don’t come with a headset.
- Review of the Motorola Moto G32
While Motorola and Samsung err on the side of limiting most of their accessible cell phones with mono sound, Xiaomi has been doing well on this point, especially with the Redmi Note line models that are quite successful among Europeians. The Note 11 is a good example that it is possible to deliver good sound without being expensive and can be found in national retail for around R$ 1,200.
As with the Moto G32, the Chinese model also uses the call speaker as a secondary channel and delivers the same power as the main speaker at the bottom of the device. The Redmi Note 11 generates a pleasant experience with well-balanced audio.
The power is above the segment and the sound quality does not disappoint by ensuring a good balance between bass, mids and highs. Xiaomi does not send headphones in the box, as we have from Motorola, but there is a standard input for you to connect any headphones.
- Redmi Note 11 review
Realme is another Chinese manufacturer that is also concerned with the sound of its cell phones, but, curiously, the Realme 9 does not have stereo sound, while the 9i, which is inferior and cheaper, has two sound outputs. Therefore, it is our choice and can be found in the national market for less than R$ 1,500.
The realme 9i is yet another one that adopts the solution of using the call speaker as a secondary channel to deliver stereo sound. It is not as powerful as the Redmi Note 11, but it has more balanced audio, which makes it even better for listening to any type of music.
Realme is another manufacturer that does not provide headphones with their phones. At least there is a standard input for you to use any headphones you have and hear more clearly what you are watching if the power of the speakers is not enough to overcome noisy places.
- realme 9i review
The Moto G32 offers a good sound experience for those looking for sound with good power without distortion, but Motorola went further with the Moto G62, which not only manages to deliver superior power but also excels in music. It is a good intermediary that can be found in the range of R$ 1,600.
The great highlight of the Moto G62 is its ability to reproduce bass, surpassing other cell phones in the same price range. It also reproduces vocals with high clarity as long as you don’t turn the volume all the way up.
Motorola sends a free headset with the cell phone. It’s the same simple model of the brand’s cheapest devices with a headset made of rigid plastic. It may not be as comfortable as what comes with the Edge line cell phones, but it delivers decent sound and has a button on the cable to answer calls.
- Review of the Motorola Moto G62
Samsung sinned by limiting the Galaxy A32 to mono sound, but this error was corrected with the Galaxy A33, which has two sound outputs like the other models in the line. The Korean intermediary fights among the best cost-effective devices of 2022 and can be found now in early 2023 for less than R$ 1,700.
The Galaxy A33 uses the call speaker as a secondary channel and despite not having the same power and bass presence as the lower sound output, it still manages to deliver a good immersion for you to enjoy your videos and games.
It may not be as powerful as some of the models we’ve mentioned, but it guarantees good sound quality with well-balanced bass, mids and highs. The disappointing part is the absence of a standard headphone jack, which forces the consumer to purchase a headset with a USB-C plug or use one that has Bluetooth.
- Samsung Galaxy A33 review
We have another Xiaomi model on our list, but this time from a different range from the Chinese manufacturer. The Poco M4 Pro 5G also follows the path of the Galaxy A33 and came to correct the predecessor’s error that limited the sound experience to mono audio. It can be found in national retail close to R$ 1,700 now in early 2023.
The Poco M4 Pro 5G is a little different from the others we mentioned. While the other models only use the call speaker as a secondary channel to have stereo audio, this Xiaomi intermediary has a third sound output at the top for a more immersive experience.
The good news is that you have powerful audio coming from many directions, but the Chinese manufacturer could have done better in the sound balance between bass, mids and highs. When the volume is at maximum, the highs end up overshadowing the mids and compromising the music experience a little.
- Poco M4 Pro 5G review
We reach the most advanced cell phones and we have the Galaxy S21 FE, which guarantees a good set at a fair price. It can be found for just over BRL 2,000 and was also included in our guide to the best phones with a screen, which makes it the highlight in terms of cost-effectiveness for those looking for a great multimedia experience without paying a fortune.
The Galaxy S21 FE doesn’t have three sound outputs like the Poco M4 Pro 5G and follows a more usual implementation like the cheapest models on our list. The sound output at the bottom is a little more powerful and manages to reproduce bass better, but the set delivers a good experience and power with very clear vocals and detailed highs without distorting at the maximum.
The S21 FE is another one from Samsung that does not come with a headphone in the box and, like the Galaxy A33, it also lacks a P2 input so that it is possible to connect any type of headphones. At least it makes up for it by supporting advanced audio protocols for superior sound quality with Bluetooth headphones.
- Samsung Galaxy S21 FE review
In addition to the Redmi and Poco line, Xiaomi also has good phones with quality audio. A model that even competes in the more advanced segment, but which is not as expensive as the best in the segment is the 11T Pro, which can be found in national retail for around R$ 3 thousand.
The 11T Pro uses the same implementation as the Poco M4 Pro 5G and here we have two dedicated outputs, one at the top and one at the bottom, in addition to the call speaker that also helps deliver a more immersive sound experience.
The speakers feature the Harman/Kardon brand. It comes with Dolby Atmos activated by default in the equalizer, which helps deliver more balanced bass, mids and highs, despite not interfering with power.
- Review of the Xiaomi 11T Pro
The Galaxy S22 line also stands out in terms of sound and of the three models, the one that delivers the best value for money when it comes to audio is the S22 Plus. It is more powerful than the Galaxy S22, while having the same quality as the S22 Ultra. Samsung’s top can now be found in early 2023 for just over BRL 4,000.
The S22 Plus uses the call speaker to deliver stereo sound. As it is smaller than the main speaker, we have an unbalanced sound, but that does not interfere with the experience. The bass comes out clearly at the bottom of the device, while at the top we see the treble stand out.
It may not have the Harman/Kardon-optimized speakers, but there’s also Dolby Atmos support with full equalizer with multiple profiles to choose from, including a dedicated one for gaming.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus review
And of course, Apple’s cell phone could not be missing from our list. Of the Apple models launched in 2022, we chose the iPhone 14 Plus for having the best value for money taking into account the sound part. It has more powerful sound than the smallest model in the family and is very close to the iPhone 14 Pro Max, which costs much more. This Apple model can be found for just over R$ 6 thousand.
The iPhone 14 Plus uses the call speaker as a secondary channel, just like Samsung’s rival, but here we have the same power as the bottom output, which results in more balanced sound on both sides.
The sound part impresses with clear bass, clear vocals and midrange present at any volume level. Spatial audio is supported for a more immersive experience, and it supports video and music.
- Apple iPhone 14 Plus review
And these are TechSmart’s recommendations for anyone looking for a smartphone with an emphasis on sound. It’s good to remember that there are models with only one sound output that offer good quality, but for those who insist on having a good immersion with videos and games, it’s good to invest in a cell phone with stereo audio.