Let me put my opinion straight. I always tried to digest the fact that audio doesn’t sound great on phones because, well, it’s a phone. Last year, I upgraded to Xperia Z2 and it was only then I realized how much I was missing out. With front-facing dual speakers on the Xperia Z2, I no longer have to awkwardly cup my palms on the back or worry about the sound being muffled.
So, will the front facing stereo speakers be the norm in the flagship phones of 2015? We do a quick analysis and a round-up. If you don’t want to read our generally awesome analysis, you can skip directly to the scorecard at the bottom.
The Pretty Obvious Players
HTC has been touting its BoomSound speakers since its last two generations. Unless they want to kick themselves out of the market, it’s pretty obvious that the HTC One M9 shall come with front facing stereo speakers improving upon the last generation.
Sony decided to follow HTC’s footsteps and implemented front facing speakers in its first flagship of 2014 – the Xperia Z2. The trend continued with Xperia Z3 and when the Xperia Z4 drops in, it’s pretty much expected that it shall arrive with the same.
Motorola has been the good kid on the block and has not only brought front facing stereo speakers to its flagship phones like Nexus 6 and Moto X, but it has also made sure that the budget phones like the Moto G 2nd gen got the same treatment.
The likely ones
Samsung has been building the hype on the Galaxy S6 like never before. While recent leaks of the Galaxy S6 do not make a great match for the front facing stereo speakers. However, Samsung Norway appears to be teasing them in the next Galaxy. I’m still not sure if the company is actually acknowledging it, or just poking fun at rumors. But anyways, that signifies that there’s still hope that the Korean giant joins the bandwagon along with other players.
Front facing stereo speakers? How about no?
LG next flagship, the LG G4 is probably not embracing frontal stereo speakers. Calm down, allow me to explain. First, LG has been busy slimming it’s bezels and it has been successful in establishing a distinguished product from the competitors. Implementation of dual frontal speakers will cost them major product design changes, which they cannot afford right now. Furthermore, I bet LG’s engineers would argue that despite being sporting a tiny speaker at the back, the LG G3 sounds as loud as any other flagship with dual frontal speakers in terms of raw output volume. Obviously, I’d be happy if they prove me wrong, but I cannot see any reason why LG next flagship will sport them.
The next iPhone. Designing an iPhone has never been easy for Apple – especially when you have to make enough design changes to it that distinguishes it from its predecessor and at the same time, doesn’t deviate much from the original iconic design. The speakers grill has been on the bottom on the iPhone for quite a few years and I don’t expect the same to change as for now as Apple cannot afford on loosing its iconic design.
Let us know what do you think.