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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Poco X3 NFC Audio review: Punching above its weight

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Along with Redmi and Mi, Poco is one of Xiaomi’s three brands, and this model, the Poco X3 NFC, entered the family in September. It’s the first Poco that isn’t based on an already existing ...

Lenovo Legion Phone Pro Audio review: Falling short of expectations

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The Lenovo Legion Phone Pro is aimed at gamers, with a set of features designed to make it irresistible to adrenaline junkies wanting to conquer imaginary worlds, win virtual races, and in general have fun ...

Google Pixel 5 Audio review: Focused on the basics

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The Google Pixel 5, introduced at the end of September 2020, represents somewhat of an anomaly in the smartphone world. Instead of following up the Pixel 4 by stacking on more features, performance boosts, and ...

Apple iPhone 12 Audio review: Subtle improvements to sound

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A few weeks ago Apple unveiled no fewer than four new iPhones, ranging both in size as well as in price. Beyond sharing the same A14 Bionic chipset — “the fastest chipset in a smartphone”— ...

Nubia Red Magic 5S Audio review: Aiming to please gamers

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The Nubia Red Magic 5S is designed to appeal to serious gamers. It arrived just months after the Red Magic 5G, with a few modifications, including an improved internal cooling system (with the possibility of ...

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Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G Audio review: A new standard for artifact control

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Samsung has always had a thing for superlatives: this time around, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra offers “hyperfast 5G,” “superfast charging,” the “highest-resolution video recording in a smartphone,” and a huge 6.9-inch display with a dynamic ...

Motorola Edge+ Audio review

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Motorola touts the Edge+, its first flagship smartphone in some years, using a very long list of superlatives, to wit: the biggest battery of any 5G smartphone (no charging needed for two full days); the ...

Sony Xperia 1 II Audio review

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The Sony Xperia 1 II is the brand’s upgrade of its flagship smartphone, with an emphasis on being “built for speed.” It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform and 8GB of RAM. Sony ...

Black Shark 3 Pro Audio Review

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Along the lines of its predecessor, the Black Shark 3 Pro intends to further blur the lines between a gaming phone and a hand-held console. Unveiled in May, it boasts a 7.1-inch OLED QHD+ display ...

Asus ROG Phone 3 Audio Review

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With some of the biggest studios releasing their AAA titles on smartphones, hardcore gamers are scoffing less and less at mobile gaming. Asus is providing the appropriate mobile hardware, and following the second iteration released ...

OnePlus 8 Audio review

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The slightly smaller sibling of OnePlus’s new flagship 8 Pro, the OnePlus 8 still packs a lot of punch. Powered by a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset and featuring a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh ...

LG V60 ThinQ 5G Audio review

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LG’s recently introduced high-end phone, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G, is packed with power and features. Built on a Snapdragon 865 processor and featuring 8GB of RAM, along with a 6.8-inch 1080p screen and triple ...

Huawei P40 Pro Audio review

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Huawei tends to use the P-series models of its smartphones to showcase the company’s latest mobile camera technologies. The Chinese company’s flagship release this year, the P40 Pro, definitely raised the bar for smartphone image ...

OnePlus 8 Pro Audio review

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Launched in April 2020, the feature-packed OnePlus 8 Pro and its four cameras, 6.7-inch AMOLED QHD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, aluminum frame and gorilla glass build is clearly challenging Samsung, Apple, and Huawei for ...

The best smartphones for audio recording and playback

We launched the DXOMARK Audio test protocol in October 2019. Since then, we have tested the audio recording and playback capabilities of a wide variety of smartphones. If you simply want to find the smartphone ...

Apple iPhone SE (2020) Audio review

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Trapped in the body of an iPhone 8, the 2020 “Special Edition” iPhone shelters none other than Apple’s latest processor, the A13 Bionic. In return, the flagship SoC (system-on-a-chip) gives its host many of the ...

Apple iPhone 11 Audio review

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Apple introduced its iPhone 11 last fall, and while the focus is usually on the latest phones’ camera setups, the audio capabilities of these devices are often glossed over. But there is much to be ...

Samsung Galaxy S20+ Audio review

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Part of Samsung’s current flagship family of phones, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ fits between the S20 and the S20 Ultra. It packs a 6.7-inch AMOLED display and a high-end Exynos 990 chipset (Snapdragon 865 in ...

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