Samsung Galaxy Alpha Vs. HTC One Mini 2: Metal Mania: Loudspeaker, Audio Quality

By 04:07 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


The HTC One mini 2 has a definite advantage with its two front-facing speakers. For music playback they sound better and are louder too. The two speakers perform better for ringing and notifications too.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was quitter in general and its single speaker isn't as nice for music. Not that stereo speakers are a guarantee for loudness, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is slightly behind the Galaxy Alpha in terms of loudness (perhaps due to waterproofing).

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score

LG G2 mini 65.2 67.7 64.6 Below Average

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 65.9 62.1 73.5 Average

Samsung Galaxy Alpha 66.6 61.7 75.7 Average

HTC One (M8) 65.8 64.7 75.7 Average

Samsung Galaxy S5 66.9 66.6 75.7 Good

HTC One mini 2 69.3 66.6 75.9 Good

Samsung Galaxy S5 mini 73.5 67.7 78.7 Very Good

Motorola Moto G 4G 77.1 76 83.3 Excellent

Winner: HTC One mini 2. HTC has done well to turn audio into its trademark. With the loudspeaker part nailed, it has to win the next chapter too for complete audio domination.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha loudspeaker is usable for notifications and it's nice that it doesn't acquire muffled when you put the phone on a table but there are few other fine things about it.

Audio quality

The Galaxy Alpha does an excellent as far as the quality of its audio output is concerned. The Samsung smartphone has a perfect output when it's connected to an active external amplifier and doesn't allow for much deterioration when you plug in a pair of headphones

However, what it faced here is the One mini 2 - arguably the best performing smartphone when it comes to music playback. The HTC handset does everything perfectly right, which allowed it to stroll to the victory even with such fierce competition.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Samsung Galaxy Alpha+0.01, -0.04-96.692.80.0058


Samsung Galaxy Alpha (headphones attached)+0.04, -0.01-95.792.70.013


HTC One mini 2+0.02, -0.09-94.893.80.010


HTC One mini 2 (headphones attached)+0.08, -0.03-94.993.80.028


Samsung Galaxy Alpha frequency response

HTC One mini 2 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

Winner: HTC One mini 2. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha does very well in terms of audio output and will please even demanding audiophiles, but it's still no match for the One mini 2.



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