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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Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) Audio review

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Exynos) is the global version of Samsung’s S-series base model. The device is built around Samsung’s in-house Exynos 2100 chipset instead of the Qualcomm top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 used in devices ...

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) Audio review

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) is Samsung’s S-series base model for the Chinese and North American markets. The device is built around Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 chipset instead of the Exynos variant used in ...

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Audio review

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) is Samsung’s S-series flagship for the Chinese and North American markets. The device is built around Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 888 chipset instead of the Exynos variant used in ...

Black Shark 4 Pro Audio review: An outstanding evolution

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In early 2020, Black Shark revealed a new brand identity using the slogan “Game is Real,”  which aimed to balance users’  mobile gaming experience with their everyday use of their phones. Less than a year ...

Xiaomi Mi 10S Audio review: The new No. 1

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The Xiaomi Mi 10S is the much-anticipated new flagship from the Chinese brand, and it comes with a spec sheet loaded with new features. This starts with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G mobile platform ...

Apple iPhone 12 mini Audio review: Big sound in a small package

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The Apple iPhone 12 mini is the smallest and least expensive device in the 12 line of devices, all released in 2020. Apple displays the specs and marketing of both the 12 and 12 mini ...

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos) Audio review: Excellent on artifacts

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The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G, freshly released, takes its place as the brand’s flagship, with all the biggest, fastest, smartest superlatives in tow. It’s got four rear cameras and a single front camera, a ...

Vivo X51 5G Audio review: A single speaker can’t work wonders

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Last October, Vivo made a noteworthy entrance into the European market with the X51 — a slightly tweaked version of a premium smartphone already known in Asia as the X50. While the marketing emphasis certainly ...

Asus ROG Phone 5 Audio review: An excellent choice for nearly any use case

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Over the past three years, thanks to lightning-fast refresh rates, powerful processors, and “monster” batteries, the Asus ROG Phone series established itself as a reference for mobile gaming. And although the phone we’re reviewing today ...

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Audio review: Excellent on artifacts

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The Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G is Samsung’s top-of-the-line “phablet” that combines some heavy-hitting computing power with a 6.9-inch OLED screen display, along with the stylus that gives the device its name. The computing power comes ...

Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G Audio review: A true mid-ranger

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Headlining Oppo’s latest mid-range phone series, the Reno4 Pro 5G has made some changes since the previous Reno generation. Besides its thinner, lighter, and plusher design, the phone now packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset, ...

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Audio review: A reliable and consistent audio performer

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With a huge 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display and three rear cameras, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is the biggest, heaviest, and most expensive iPhone to date. As for audio, the device’s two ...

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 ...

Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (Exynos) 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 ...

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