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iPhone 11 Pro Max loses XS Max (and Huawei Mate 20 X) in audio test

You have certainly heard of DXOMARKIt is the well-respected test that takes a scientific approach to camera evaluation and thus establishes a disputed ranking with the best photographic devices (professional or mobile) available in the market. Now, scientists behind the test are entering another area: audio.

In a DXOMARK blog post, they explain that the quality of audio on a smartphone both catch as for reproduction It has become an increasingly important aspect as people use their devices more and more often to record video and voice clips, as well as consume more and more audiovisual content on mobile phones.

For this reason, the laboratory will also begin to test the audio performance of mobile devices by analyzing sound capture from the built-in microphones and sound reproduction through their speakers (for now, the playback on external devices such as speakers or headphones, being left out).

DXOMARK uses objective and perception testing to evaluate smartphones in a range of categories, including timbre, dynamics, artifact, spatiality, volume, artifacts, and noise; The video above shows a bit of the rough process that each device goes through in the rating battery.


For DXOMARK's initial audio ranking, the lab tested seven devices from five brands. As expected, Apple did well in the ratings, even though it didn't win first place. The surprise was the order of things: iPhone XS Max won the group's deputy leadership, with 74 points, while his successor, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, came just below, with 71 points.

DXOMARK Smartphone Audio Ranking

THE Huawei Mate 20 X narrowly topped the chart with 75 points just one above last year's top-line iPhone. Scientists did not go into the details of the tests, so it is not possible to know why XS Max beat his successor in the evaluation; On the other hand, it is known that the Huawei handset has taken the lead because of its narrow microphones, which are not seen on any other smartphone tested.

Completing the ranking, we had two devices from Samsung (The Note10 + it's the S10 +), The Honor 20 Pro and in the lantern the Sony Xperia 1, with meager 45 points. Looking at the playlists and recording separately, we can see that the Top 3 remained unchanged, with the iPhone XS Max beating the 11 Pro Max in both situations:

DXOMARK Smartphone Audio Ranking

Let's wait now for more lab testing this will be an interesting fight to follow in the near future.

via 9to5Mac