Which Loudspeakers are Loudest?



Published: December 6, 2019

For people who are hard of hearing, a smartphone with a loud loudspeaker is very important.  Loudspeakers are frequently used for phone calls, music and videos.  If you are hard of hearing, the louder the better!  


So which loudspeakers can generate some serious volume?  Fortunately, GSMArena tests smartphone loudspeaker volume.  Here (no pun intended) are the results:


Speakerphone test

Voice, dB

Music, dB

Ringing phone, dB

Overall score

Samsung Galaxy S9

68.5

74.3

81.1

Very Good

Apple iPhone 8

71.7

77.8

80.3

Very Good

Apple iPhone X

68.9

74.0

76.2

Very Good

Apple iPhone 11

70.8

72.3

76.0

Very Good

Moto G7 Power

75.8

75.2

82.5

Excellent

Google Pixel 4

79.1

71.8

83.9

Excellent

Samsung Galaxy S10

82.2

74.9

85.5

Excellent

Google Pixel 3a XL

79.3

77.1

91.1

Excellent


With respect to the iPhones, the winner is the iPhone 8.  The iPhone X and the iPhone 11 are not quite as loud.  The overall winner is the Google Pixel 3a XL with the Samsung Galaxy S10 not far behind.  The Google Pixel 3a trails the Samsung Galaxy S10 by a small amount for phone calls but has by far the loudest ringer tested and can play music at a higher volume.


If you need a smartphone that can pump up the volume on the loudspeaker, you now have the necessary information.