Camera, battery, connectivity, memory, operating system, transmission standards … Smartphones contain an almost infinite number of hardware and software specifications that you should pay attention to when purchasing. So it is no wonder that a very important core function: sound is being neglected. This is partly due to the fact that users simply cannot imagine that a smartphone can offer really good sound quality. So ignore this point and get one instead Bluetooth headset. But in fact, today’s cell phones can be convincing in terms of sound – at least some of them. Based on extensive and objective tests of sound and microphone, DxOMark’s top list reveals what they are.
Also interesting: Smart speakers in comparison
DxOMark 2021 Audio Winner: Asus ROG Phone 5
This proves with a score of 79 points Smartphone games Asus ROG Phone 5 Currently ranked second on the DxOMark Leaderboard. Above is just that Xiaomi Mi 10S (80 points), but Xiaomi does not seem to want to bring the smartphone to Germany, at least in the near future. This is why it is no longer relevant in this country at first.
This puts itself one point below ROG Phone 5That the manufacturer supplied with front stereo speakers. The smartphone scored more than 70 points in all areas tested – except for one. Microphone test showed that the background noise was very loud. That’s why this was achieved ROG Phone 5 Only 52 points in this category – which also had a negative impact on the overall rating.
So it can Handy games Shine in another area, even in comparison to Xiaomi Mi 10S: This is achieved in the “artifacts” category, which measures how distorted the source’s sound when played through its speakers. ROG phone 5 a whopping 93 points. This means that both the sound processing and the speaker quality are at a high level. DxOMark also praised this in closing with the words: “Excellent overall performance”.
In our test for AsusSmartphones can also completely convince the device in terms of sound. The ROG Phone 5 performed well at bass as well as high tones. Most competing devices can only keep up with the size.
But as good as the acoustic performance of Asus ROG Phone 5, there are some downsides. First of all, the speakers are quickly covered up when playing games, so the smartphone is held horizontally. Moreover, according to DxOMark, the minimum size is very quiet. At maximum volume, on the other hand, the bass is no longer completely effective. But this is a grumble at a very high level.
DxOMark results at a glance
Although Xiaomi Mi 10S and Asus ROG Phone 5 have currently taken to the podium, the second and third places are not far behind. The Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro He falls short of the gold medal by only three points, while in Huawei Mate 20X And the Asus ROG Phone 3 Each has only four points. In terms of sound quality, all three cell phones are almost as good as a test winner. However, the Asus ROG Phone 5 is a bit better – especially if you ignore the microphone performance.
|smart phone||Sound rating|
|Xiaomi Mi 10S phone||80|
|Asus ROG Phone 5||79|
|Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro||76|
|Huawei Mate 20X||75|
|Asus ROG Phone 3||75|
|Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max||74|
|Oppo Find X2 Pro||74|
|Apple iPhone XS Max||74|
|Apple iPhone 12 mini||73|
|Apple iPhone 12||73|
|Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max||71|
|Apple iPhone 11||71|
|Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (Exynos)||70|
|Apple iPhone SE (2020)||70|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G (Exynos)||69|
|Asus ROG Phone 2||69|
|Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G (Snapdragon)||68|
|Google Pixel 4||68|
|OnePlus 8 Pro||67|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 + (Exynos)||66|
|Motorola Edge +||66|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (Exynos)||66|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (Exynos)||66|
|OnePlus 7 Pro||65|
|Samsung Galaxy S10 + (Exynos)||65|
|LG V60 ThinQ 5G||65|
|Nubia Red Magic 5S||64|
|Little X3 NFC||63|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G||61|
|Oppo Reno4 Pro 5G||61|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro||60|
|Huawei P40 Pro||59|
|Honor V30 Pro||59|
|Lenovo Legion Phone Pro||59|
|Realme X2 Pro||58|
|Sony Xperia 1 II||57|
|Black Shark 3 Pro||55|
|Xiaomi Mi CC9 Pro Premium Edition||54|
|Vivo X51 5G||53|
|Honor 20 Pro||53|
|LG G8 ThinQ||52|
|Black Shark 2 Pro||51|
|Nubia Red Magic 3S||50|
|Sony Xperia 1||45|
DxOMark audio tests
According to its own statement, DxOMark is an independent company that uses scientific protocols and industrial laboratory equipment to perform objective and perception-related tests on smartphone cameras, audio, and displays.
Acoustic tests are performed under controlled laboratory conditions in an examined recording studio. DxOMark reveals exactly what the testing protocols look like on its gateway: Speaker tests And the Microphone tests.
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