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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Realme X2 Pro audio review

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Announced last fall, the Realme X2 Pro smartphone packs a lot of hardware into a budget-friendly offering. Its Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon 855+ SoC are premium features for a phone in its category. There ...

Nokia 7.2 audio review

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While the relatively new Nokia 7.2 has some interesting features for a mid-range phone, such as a triple-camera design typical of higher-end phones, it doesn’t offer much in the way of sound reproduction. Its single-speaker ...

LG G8 ThinQ Audio review

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Unveiled at MWC 2019, the LG G8 ThinQ was intended to consolidate LG’s position as a leader in smartphone sound through an impressive list of audio technologies. For starters, it features Crystal Sound OLED (CSO), ...

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro Audio review

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Xiaomi’s newest flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, breaks new technical ground in several areas, and achieves the highest DXOMARK Audio score of any phone we have tested. One major enhancement over Xiaomi’s previous-generation ...

Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition Audio review

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Xiaomi’s thirst for disrupting the industry hasn’t been quenched yet: with its five cameras, a 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G chipset, a 108MP Quad-Bayer sensor, and no fewer than two tele-lenses, the Mi CC9 Pro ...

Black Shark 2 Pro Audio review

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The Black Shark 2 Pro, aimed at the serious budget-minded mobile gamer, was released in October 2019, just months after the debut of the Black Shark 2. The Pro version doesn’t differ too much from ...

Huawei Mate 30 Pro Audio review

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Equipped with a powerful Kirin 990 SoC, a 6.53-inch FHD+ OLED display, and a quad-camera setup, Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro sits at the top of the company’s product line. The phone ships with a generous ...

Smartphone audio for journalists: Interview with Marc Settle, BBC Academy

Marc Settle works at the BBC Academy training journalists in how to use smartphones for reporting. He’s seen a huge increase in the amount of news reporting being carried out using a phone over the ...

Google Pixel 4 Audio review

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Released in October 2019, the Pixel 4 is Google’s latest flagship smartphone, running the latest Android 10 OS powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 chipset and 6GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the device offers ...

Asus ROG Phone 2 Audio review

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Introduced this fall as Asus’s next-generation phone for gamers, the Asus ROG Phone II packs some impressive specs. Powered by a high-end Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and featuring a 6.59-inch 2340 x 1080 display that ...

OnePlus 7 Pro Audio review

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Introduced earlier this year as OnePlus’s latest flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro packs a lot of punch into a premium phone that is priced below many of its competitors, starting with a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (Exynos) Audio review

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The Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is the 5G-equipped, premium version of Samsung’s latest high-end device. Although Samsung has discarded the headphone jack this time around, the hardware is still top-notch. It features an Exynos 9825 ...

Introducing the DXOMARK Audio test protocol

Display size and quality as well as camera features and performance have for a long time been—and still are—major criteria for consumer smartphone buying. However, with users recording and consuming more and more video and ...

How we test smartphone audio recording

People are using their smartphones to create ever more video content. Smartphone camera image quality has greatly improved over the years, but what about the sound quality of the microphones? DXOMARK has developed a unique ...

Huawei Mate 20 X Audio review

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Introduced as the large-screen member of Huawei’s popular Mate 20 family of phones, the Huawei Mate 20 X is engineered to be a multimedia powerhouse. This positioning was borne out by its excellent scores in ...

Apple iPhone XS Max Audio review

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The Apple iPhone XS Max, a flagship device when it was introduced in 2018, is powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset and features a large OLED-display as well as a dual-camera setup with dedicated tele-lens. ...

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max Audio review

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Introduced this fall, the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max is the largest member of the iPhone 11 family, and comes equipped with a three-module main camera like the iPhone 11 Pro. As is appropriate for ...

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Exynos) Audio review

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Released earlier this summer, the Galaxy Note 10+ is Samsung’s latest high-end device. Samsung Note devices have always been favored by multimedia enthusiasts because of their large displays (the original Note was the first proper ...

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