aptX Adaptive Phones Have Superior Bluetooth Audio (2024)

Looking for aptX Adaptive phones can be a tedious job. I know, because I am forever hunting for them when I have to replace my smartphone. Why is this so? Why are phones that have aptX Adaptive audio so hard to find?

Similar to the way cable Internet is more reliable and stable than wireless Internet, Bluetooth audio has traditionally delivered inferior audio quality compared to what you get via wired headphones. aptX Adaptive is a Bluetooth audio codec designed by Qualcomm to fix this problem and bridge the gap, so you can enjoy top quality audio via your Bluetooth headphones or earbuds. And they succeeded.

In simple, layman’s terms, aptX Adaptive audio delivers sound quality that is comparable to what you get using wired headphones. This is fantastic news, and you would expect that many smartphone manufacturers would jump on it. Unfortunately, that is not so. At least, for now. Only a handful of phones support aptX Adaptive and it is my opinion that the manufacturers who shy away from the codec do so to avoid paying licensing fees.

The major phone brands are trying to corner the market with their own homegrown solutions or already invested in alternative solutions. Apple has AAC and uses that in their iPhones. Samsung is using AAC and Scalable Codec. LDAC, developed by Sony, is really great at streaming high quality audio but thankfully Sony is well involved with aptX Adaptive.

aptX Adaptive audio is a good balance between compression and audio quality and delivers solid sound quality. This is why it is the recommended codec to look for when choosing a smartphone and Bluetooth headphones or earbuds for music lovers. Let’s dive into the lists of aptX Adaptive phones.

aptX Adaptive phones in 2023

Nokia Phones With aptX Adaptive

  1. Nokia XR21
  2. Nokia G50
  3. Nokia G60 5G
  4. Nokia X30 5G
  5. Nokia XR20
  6. Nokia X20
  7. Nokia G400 5G
  8. Nokia G100
  9. Nokia X10
  10. Nokia 5.4
  11. Nokia 3.4

Sony Xperia Phones With aptX Adaptive

Despite being behind LDAC, Sony is moving strong with aptX Adaptive. Here are some aptX Adaptive phones from Sony:

  1. Sony Xperia 1 IV
  2. Sony Xperia 5 IV
  3. Sony Xperia 10 V
  4. Sony Xperia 10 IV

Asus Phones With aptX Adaptive

Asus is heavily invested in aptX Adaptive audio codec, especially because they make phones targeted at gamers and music lovers.

  1. Asus Zenfone 10
  2. Asus Zenfone 9
  3. Asus ROG Phone 7 Ultimate
  4. Asus ROG Phone 7
  5. Asus ROG Phone 6 Pro
  6. Asus ROG Phone 6
  7. Asus ROG Phone 5s
  8. Asus ROG Phone 5 Ultimate
  9. Asus Zenfone 8
  10. Asus Zenfone 8 Flip
  11. Asus Zenfone 7 Pro
  12. Asus Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders
  13. Asus Zenfone 7

TCL Phones That Have aptX Adaptive

  1. TCL 20 5G

BlackShark Phones With aptX Adaptive

  1. BlackShark 5 Pro

Samsung aptX Adaptive phones

There are no aptX Adaptive phones from Samsung at this time. Not even any of their Galaxy S23 premium flagships.

Apple iPhones That Have aptX Adaptive

There are no iPhones that have aptX Adaptive audio.

Google Pixel Phones With aptX Adaptive

Unfortunately, not one Google Pixel phone supports aptX Adaptive audio at this time.

OnePlus aptX Adaptive phones

  1. OnePlus 8T.

OnePlus has products with aptX and aptx HD, but only one model has the more groundbreaking Adaptive – the 8T from some years ago. It looks like OnePlus experimented with the codec that one time and decided it wasn’t worth their time.

aptX Adaptive phones from Motorola

Motorola seems to have fully thrown in their lot with aptX Adaptive, as they have a large catalogue of phones that have the codec.

  1. Motorola Edge+ 2023
  2. Motorola Moto G50
  3. Motorola Moto G Power 5G
  4. Motorola Moto X40
  5. Motorola Moto Razr 40 Ultra
  6. Motorola Moto G53 5G
  7. ThinkPhone by Motorola
  8. Motorola Edge 30 Neo
  9. Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
  10. Motorola Moto S30 Pro
  11. Motorola Moto X30 Pro

The above-listed 42 phones that have the aptX Adaptive codec are not exhaustive, as new phones are being released every other week. I might not be able to keep up with all of them for the purpose of updating these lists. However, from the above lists, you can tell which phone manufacturers to look to for aptX Adaptive support. Asus is one, Nokia is another, Motorola, and last but not the least, Sony.

A caveat: Qualcomm is the source of the information used in drawing up this list. However, I cannot guarantee that the list is 100% valid. For example, I own a Nokia 5.4 and I dived into the settings to confirm whether aptX Adaptive is supported. I found the option grayed out, with a footnote saying that a grayout means the feature is not supported. I find that odd. I am not sure what is behind that, but if I do find out, I will update this article. In the meantime, take the above lists of supported phones as a guide and ask your own questions when shopping.

PS: if you love aptX Adaptive, you will love Snapdragon Sound.

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