Audio Reviews

As users record and consume more video and audio content on their mobile devices, the importance of sound quality has greatly increased in recent years. That’s why DXOMARK tests smartphone sound quality. Read, hear and compare how the audio performs on the smartphones we have tested.

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Motorola Edge 20 Pro Audio review: Some strength in recording

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The 20 Edge Pro sits at the top-of-the-line smartphone in Motorola’s 2021 line of flagship phones, which jumped straight up from the first, super-curved-edge screen generation to the flat screen 20 series. The brand new ...

Lenovo Legion Phone 2 Pro Audio review: Excels at gaming

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Launched in April 2021, the Lenovo Legion Phone 2 Pro is designed for gamers. It comes with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and a large (5500 mAh) battery with fast charging, as well as ...

Realme GT 5G Audio review: Strengths in spatial and volume

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Released in March 2021, the Realme GT 5G  was touted as a flagship killer: Not only was it packed with some very attractive features, such as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G chipset, a 120 Hz ...

Asus Zenfone 8 Audio review: Good at softer volumes

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Launched in May 2021, the Asus Zenfone 8 is one of the currently most compact flagship-level smartphones. But don’t let the small package fool you: the Asus comes with top-end hardware, including a 5.9-inch Super ...

Apple iPhone 13 Audio review: As strong as the 13 Pro Max

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The iPhone 13 is the latest generation in Apple’s most venerable “classic” iPhone dynasty, now powered by the A15 Bionic chipset. On the audio playback front, Apple partnered with Dolby Labs to deliver an immersive ...

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Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max Audio review: Excellent for playing games and filming concerts

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max is Apple’s 2021 top-of-the-line smartphone, powered by the A15 Bionic chipset and offering up to 1TB of internal storage. On the audio playback front,  Apple partnered with Dolby Labs to ...

Oppo Find X3 Neo Audio review: Functional for playback

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The Oppo Find X3 Neo fills the niche between the top-of-the-line Find X3 Pro and the more affordable X3 Lite, The X3 Neo comes equipped with some high-quality features for several hundred dollars less than ...

Oppo Find X3 Lite Audio review: Pleasing warmth in low midrange

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The Oppo Find X3 Lite is the most affordable of the Find X3 line of devices, which also includes the Find X3 Neo and the flagship Find X3 Pro. The X3 Lite operates on the ...

Xiaomi Redmi K40 Gaming Audio review: Loud and artifact-free

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In spring 2021, Xiaomi released the Redmi K40 Gaming, Redmi’s first gaming smartphone. It’s got a 6.67″ display, OLED flexible straight screen, 5065mAh battery, 67W flash charging, and according to the brand, it’s particularly light ...

Sony Xperia 1 III Audio review: A slow but steady evolution

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Often described as a technical marvel, Sony’s latest flagship packs a unique combination of notable features, such as a physical shutter button, a high-quality manual camera app, and a 120Hz 4K HDR OLED display. In ...

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra Audio review: In playback, nearly artifact free

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Released in the spring of 2021, the Axon 30 Ultra is ZTE’s top-of-the-line offering, with a 6.67-inch AMOLED flexible curved screen display with 144 Hz refresh rate, and a Snapdragon 888 chipset running Android 11. ...

Xiaomi Mi 11i Audio review: An affordable and worthy version of the 11 Ultra

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Within Xiaomi’s latest Mi line-up, the 11i is a slightly more affordable version of the Mi 11, featuring identical camera specs (including the large 108 MP sensor in the primary module and the 5G compatibility) ...

Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra Audio review: Among the best for recording

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The Mi 11 Ultra is Xiaomi’s brand-new and biggest flagship, boasting a 6.81-inch AMOLED quad-curved display, three full-sized rear cameras, and a small screen at the back. The phone belongs in DXOMARK’s ultra-premium category and ...

Vivo X60 Pro+ 5G Audio review: Image over sound

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Unveiled in early 2021, Vivo’s smartphone X60 Pro+ 5G sits at the top of the Chinese manufacturer’s X60 flagship line. The device is co-engineered with German optics expert Zeiss and features a four-camera array on ...

Vivo X60 Pro 5G (Snapdragon) Audio review: Strong on artifacts

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In 2020, Vivo released the X60 Pro, driven by an Exynos chip, in China. In April of this year, the X60 Pro went global, but this time, it was equipped with the Snapdragon 870 5G ...

OnePlus 9 Pro Audio review: Well-suited for movies and gaming

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In March 2021, OnePlus unveiled the successor of its popular 8 Pro– the OnePlus 9 Pro. Packed with top-end technology, the latest flagship includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset, 5G connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery ...

OnePlus 9 Audio review: Solid on volume

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The OnePlus 9, released in March, is the brand’s attempt to deliver a flagship quality smartphone with a more affordable cost. This one comes with some impressive features at the price point of between $600 ...

Smartphone for Snapdragon Insiders (designed by Asus) Audio review: A class-leading recording device

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In March 2021, Qualcomm launched the Snapdragon Insiders community, designed for the famous chipset’s enthusiasts, with news, tips, forums, masterclasses, access to experts, and even backstage access to events. If quite mysterious at that time, ...

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