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DxOMark takes the iPhone 6s for a spin, lands in 10th spot

DxOMark takes the iPhone 6s for a spin, lands in 10th spot

Externally, the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus do not look that different from their immediate predecessors, save for a bit of added bulk for the sake of added strength. Inside, however, Apple's new gen iPhones have seen a slight evolution, especially when it came to the camera. For the first time since the iPhone 4s in 2011, Apple upgrade the iSight camera, from 8 megapixels to 12, allowing for native 4K video recording. But how better does the iPhone 6s' camera fare against the competition or even against the iPhone 6s. As DxOMark found out, not that much.

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DxOMark gives the Nexus 6P a more thorough spin

DxOMark gives the Nexus 6P a more thorough spin

When Google unveiled the Huawei-made Nexus 6P, DxOMark was fast on the scene to give the smartphone an impressive 84 score, ranking it third among all smartphones (after the Sony Xperia Z5 claimed the top spot a few days later). Unlike with the Moto X Style, however, its preliminary verdict was lacking in details. Now, the reputed digital photography benchmarking site released the full details of their tests, detailing the pain points of what was otherwise an almost perfect smartphone camera, quite unusual for a Nexus device.

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Sony Xperia Z5 is now the top dog in DxOMark’s chart

Sony Xperia Z5 is now the top dog in DxOMark’s chart

It seems that Sony's hard work has finally paid off, at least in one aspect of its mobile devices. While Sony proudly shared that its Xperia Z5 was found by some random user tests to have the best camera in town, now we're hearing it straight from the professionals. And by professionals, we mean photography benchmarking website DxOMark, who has just awarded Sony's flagship the top score in its evaluation, finally unseating Samsung from the top spot and perhaps inspiring a bit of confidence in the future of Sony's mobile business.

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DxOMark puts Nexus 6P in 2nd place, beats G4 with same scores

DxOMark puts Nexus 6P in 2nd place, beats G4 with same scores

It might be a bit too early to put the laurel on the new Nexus 6P's head, but DxOMark is already preparing the crown nonetheless. The popular digital photogoraphy benchmarking website has just put up its pre-evaluation of Google and Huawei's first baby and the numbers are looking good. Garnering an overall score of 84, the Nexus 6P is a point above the LG G4 and the rest of the "83 grade" smartphones, which practically makes it the second best in the category, just a little behind the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge at the top.

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Alleged Huawei Nexus with Snapdragon 810 gets benchmarked

Alleged Huawei Nexus with Snapdragon 810 gets benchmarked

A lot more attention as probably been given to LG's rumored third Nexus smartphone, but Huawei's entry into the family has more implications for Google. That's not to say, however, that this first Chinese-made Nexus won't have interesting points. Rumors speak of its larger 2K resolution, for example. But those same rumors also betray a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, one of the most infamous chips of recent days, running inside. Now a GeekBench sighting might be giving eager Nexus fans something new to worry about: performance.

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Snapdragon 820 spotted with a 83,774 score on AnTuTu

Snapdragon 820 spotted with a 83,774 score on AnTuTu

Accidental leak or intentional marketing ploy? Qualcomm has said that devices with its next Snapdragon 820 won't be coming until 2016, or perhaps late this year at the earliest, and yet here we see such an alleged device running tests on AnTuTu. And more than just its appearance, its score of 83,774, so far the highest among mobile chips, is sure to raise hopes as well as eyebrows. Of course, nothing it certain at this point in time, but if true, it does bode well for Qualcomm.

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DxOMark ranks the Moto X Style above the iPhone 6

DxOMark ranks the Moto X Style above the iPhone 6

Usually, we have to wait for a few more days after a new smartphone has launched to see any kind of camera benchmark from DxOMark. Surprisingly, the website has come out with one immediately after Motorola announced its new smartphones. In this case, DxOMark took the high end Moto X Style for a spin. Lo and behold, the smartphone was able to grab the second (or third) highest spot in the list, standing just behind the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge (and Galaxy S6) and shoulder to shoulder with the Galaxy Note 4. As a result, this has pushed back the iPhone 6 Plus to fifth place.

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Antutu benchmarks rank most popular Android smartphones for 1H 2015

Antutu benchmarks rank most popular Android smartphones for 1H 2015

Antutu is a commonly used tool for benchmarking smartphones that gets a lot of action with smartphone users wanting to see how their device stacks up. One of the coolest things about Antutu is that sometimes we see unreleased devices turn up in the benchmark results. Every 6 months Antutu puts together its ranking of the most popular Android smartphones in several major countries and it's that time again.

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Sony Xperia Z3+ camera might be its own saving grace

Sony Xperia Z3+ camera might be its own saving grace

Sony may have had a misstep with the Xperia Z4/Xperia Z3+ when it came to the choice of a Snapdragon 810 processor, but it is almost inconceivable that it would mess up the camera sensor, one of the key businesses of the company. Sony might have just proven it still got chops in that field. Digital photography benchmarking site DxOMark has just published their report on the latest Sony "flagship" and, as expected, it fares fairly well. Though not enough to become the new king of the hill.

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Xiaomi did something interesting with Snapdragon 810

Xiaomi did something interesting with Snapdragon 810

If you're a smartphone company that doesn't make its own mobile processors, you're at a disadvantage. Xiaomi isn't at the scale to follow Apple and Samsung and dive into quite silicon yet - though the increasingly popular manufacturer is growing rapidly - but that doesn't mean the latest Mi Note Pro doesn't have a performance edge over Snapdragon 810-powered rivals like the HTC One M9. Usually they're rarer than hen's teeth in North America, so you can consider me curious when I had the opportunity to do some benchmarking with the fettled phone.

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New MacBook benchmarked: almost same as 2011 MacBook Air

New MacBook benchmarked: almost same as 2011 MacBook Air

When Apple revealed the new MacBook, there was a lot of applause over the ultrabook's Air-like design, without bringing in the Air moniker. The details that came afterwards, however, proved to be somewhat contentious, especially the limitation of a single USB Type-C port for all your peripheral and charging needs. This latest revelation might provide even more fodder to the flames. It seems that the new 12-inch MacBook, with a Model Identifier or 8,1 actually more than one thing in common with the Air line, particularly in performance.

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LG G4 benchmarks hint at big camera upgrade

LG G4 benchmarks hint at big camera upgrade

After wisely side-stepping the Mobile World Congress hype, LG is readying their latest flagship for release. Reportedly set for a mid-April announcement, LG’s handset has —- unlike it’s Samsung and HTC brethren — been shrouded in mystery. We’ve heard relatively little about it, but that’s changing. Today, we get our first inkling at what might make the newest from LG one to have. If it’s accurate of the final hardware build (and it should be, at this point), the new LG G4 will be big and bold, but not quite cutting edge.

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