DxOMark is a well known independent group that tests the performance of modern smartphones. While its testing is mostly limited to camera performance, the folks have recently opened up an audio testing series that compares the playback as well as recording performance of each new smartphone.
For this test, the company picked the iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11 Pro Max, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Samsung Galaxy S10+, Huawei Honor 20 Pro, the Mate 20 X, and the Sony Xperia 1. The Mate 20 X managed to outperform all the smartphones, taking the top spot in both audio playback and audio recording rankings.
Apple’s iPhone XS Max and the iPhone 11 Pro Max managed to take the second and third spots respectively on both rankings. The Honor 20 Pro and the Xperia 1 were the worst performing phones in the playback and recording tests. This means the likes of the Galaxy S10+ and the Galaxy Note 10+ were outdone by Apple’s 2018 and 2019 flagships as well as the Mate 20 X.
What this test also reveals is that the iPhone XS Max has better audio quality compared to the newer iPhone 11 Pro Max. This is slightly surprising, although the difference is marginal. These tests were conducted in an atmosphere similar to what regular users would go through to provide a real-world understanding of how these phones perform.
Keeping this in mind, it doesn’t surprise anyone that Apple’s flagships have ranked fairly high, although Huawei is sitting quite comfortably on top, leading Apple by a single point on each test. This does bring disappointing news for Samsung, however, as its most recent flagship the Galaxy Note 10+ ended up second to last in the audio recording rankings while settling for the fourth place in the playback rankings.
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Via: Apple Insider