Originally Posted by Li Ching Yuen
But anyways, the aforementioned Ulefone Vienna seems to be the first HiFI budget smartphone indeed. People that have heard it say that it's a pretty decent phone with a very stock UI and good headphone output. Speaker seems to be loud but not very good and uninspiringly placed on the device
To be fair, the speaker for the LG V10 is also "uninspiringly placed", and one of the common gripes is that it doesn't have a second for stereo output (like other flagships do when held in landscape). That said, if I'm buying a phone with a headphone amp in it, it's because I'm going to plug my guaranteed excellent head speakers into it. So, if that new phone's DAC/amp are placed in a well-engineered signal chain, it could bring a good audiophile experience to more people.
I've been supremely happy with my LG V10, but it is a battery hog and gets hot as a firecracker if you do anything with it (especially involving any extra circuitry, like GPS/maps, camera [there is a quick camera option that gets enabled in my pocket every so often], or the HiFi DAC). Maybe having a phone with a good battery and smaller processor would actually give you a better sound-centric experience if you don't need a pocket supercomputer.