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Panasonic Lumix DC-S5 Sensor review: Smaller than the Lumix DC-S1, but similar


The Lumix DC-S5 is a smaller, more affordable version of Panasonic’s original mid-range, full-frame mirrorless camera, the Lumix DC-S1. Like that model, the DC-S5 comes with a 24.2 MP sensor and in-body stabilization with 5-axis ...

Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 Speaker review: 360 degrees of sound


The Ultimate Ears Megaboom 3 is the freshest iteration of the Megaboom line, with an emphasis on bringing the music — and the party — outside. It can be paired with multiple other Megabooms or ...

Sonos Roam Speaker review: Music on the go


The Sonos Roam, released in April, is the newest, smallest, and least expensive device in the Sonos line. It is truly small, weighing less than a pound and only 6.61 inches high and 2.44 inches ...

Poco X3 NFC Camera review: Attractive budget option


The Poco X3 NFC is gaming-oriented mid-range device from the Xiaomi-owned brand. As the name suggests, it comes with a NFC (near field communication) module that allows contactless payments and similar applications, but the X3 ...

Samsung Galaxy S21 5G (Snapdragon) Camera review: A slight Qualcomm advantage


Samsung’s Galaxy S21 5G is the least expensive of the company’s current high-end S21 series. Here we examine the version based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chipset, which is sold in the US and China (we’ve ...

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) Selfie review: Excellent texture and autofocus


Featuring the latest high-end Snapdragon 888 chipset, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon) is the variant of Samsung’s 2021 flagship available in the US and China. Processor aside, other hardware specs are identical with the ...

Oppo Reno4 5G Camera review: Good bokeh and stabilization


Launched June 2020, the Oppo Reno4 5G is a high-end smartphone featuring the Snapdragon 765G chipset with 8 GB RAM / 128 GB ROM, a large 6.4-inch FHD+ 60 Hz AMOLED display and a high-capacity ...

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro Camera review: Balanced budget shooter


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro sits at the top of Xiaomi’s mid-range Redmi lineup, and it packs quite a punch for a phone with a modest price tag. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G ...

TCL 20 Pro 5G Camera review: Excellent high-end option


The 20 Pro 5G is the latest mid-range device from the Chinese electronics company TCL and sits at the top of their current smartphone line up. It runs Android 11 with the TCL UI skin, ...

Xiaomi Mi 11 Audio review: A functional flagship


Released just a few months ago, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is another challenger from the Chinese brand, with impressive specs that match or exceed other top flagships while undercutting the price a bit. Along with ...

2000 to 2021: The evolution of smartphone audio playback

When it comes to audiovisual content, sound has always been the poor cousin — and it’s as true today as it was a century ago. Way before growing louder and better sounding, our smartphones grew ...

Nikon Z6 II Sensor review: Familiar sensor performance


The Z6 II is the second generation of Nikon’s mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera, which was launched some three years ago in 2018. Like the high-res Z7 II launched alongside, the Z6 II looks practically identical ...

Samsung Galaxy M51 Battery review: An autonomy monster


Samsung announced the Galaxy M51 in August 2020 at a launch price of $399, which is right at the limit between our Advanced and High-End segments (the latter is $400-$599). Equipped with a 6.7-inch FHD+ ...

Oppo Find X3 Neo Battery review: An excellent charging experience


Oppo brought out its premium Find X3 Neo model in March 2021; its launch price of $799 puts it just one euro away from being classified as “ultra-premium” in our price-based device segmentation. It comes ...

Wiko Power U30 Battery review: Budget-friendly powerhouse


As of this writing (May 2021), the brand-new Wiko Power U30 comes to us straight off the factory assembly line. A budget-friendly addition to our Essential segment of smartphones, the Wiko packs a large 6.82-inch ...

Introducing the DXOMARK Battery protocol

Welcome to DXOMARK’s Battery testing protocol! If you’re reading this, you already know how much you rely on your smartphone in your day-to-day life. How long a battery charge lasts can have a direct impact ...

How DXOMARK tests the smartphone battery experience

In our introductory article, we talked a bit about why DXOMARK has developed its Battery testing protocol, and we described in general terms the kinds of tests we perform so as to score smartphone battery ...

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max Battery review: Excellent consumption manager


Apple brought out its iPhone 12 Pro Max in October 2020. Landing in our Ultra-Premium segment (above $800), the iPhone brings with it a large 6.7-inch OLED display that supports HDR10 content, and a triple-camera ...

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