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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Exynos, Snapdragon models still have performance gaps

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Exynos, Snapdragon models still have performance gaps

Samsung may have one of the most powerful Android phones in the market today but it also has some of the most expensive. There are definitely other options around with almost the same raw power, or even better, but some might argue that you are getting what you pay for. That might not actually be the case for Samsung's flagships, which may have different processors inside and even a different cooling system. And while the prices might be the same, JerryRigEverything's test shows the performance definitely isn't.

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Surface Duo benchmarks look good for a 2019 phone

Surface Duo benchmarks look good for a 2019 phone

Microsoft's true first Android phone is intriguing and interesting but it's hard to deny that the Surface Duo's appeal is hampered by two things: its price and its specs. Despite being a seemingly futuristic device launched in 2020, the phone has the innards of a 2019 flagship, raising some concerns about its performance. One Geekbench score, however, could put those worries at rest, though only if you pit the dual-screen phone against devices launched last year as well.

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OnePlus 8T leak shows the way of the future

OnePlus 8T leak shows the way of the future

The next OnePlus smartphone was leaked in part by a benchmark test, weeks if not months before launch. The next OnePlus device was almost certainly going to be the OnePlus 8T, if history served as guide for expectations in the near future. It's not that surprise that we're looking for, here - it's the degree to which OnePlus will change they way they do business in the USA thanks to their launch of OnePlus Nord.

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Redmi K30 Pro Zoom makes it to DxOMark’s top 10

Redmi K30 Pro Zoom makes it to DxOMark’s top 10

Xiaomi is already notorious for its affordable phones but it apparently went even lower with its Redmi sub-brand. Every "wallet-friendly" brand, however, eventually grows up and graduates into the big leagues and Redmi is no different. The Redmi K30 Pro Zoom launched earlier this year is Xiaomi's boldest attempt to mix high-end specs with a relatively lower price. That gamble seems to be have paid off, especially when you considering DxOMark's rather glowing review of its camera performance.

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Google Play Protect now treats AnTuTu like spyware

Google Play Protect now treats AnTuTu like spyware

There are still debates on the usefulness not to mention the accuracy of benchmarking apps but now AnTuTu has an even bigger problem to deal with. One of the most popular benchmarking tools on mobile, especially on Android, the AnTuTu is repeatedly getting kicked out of Google's ecosystem. After it got removed from Google Play Store earlier this year, the Android maker's Play Protect security platform is now treating the app as something dangerous, effectively scaring off users from trying to install it.

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iPhone SE 2020 DxOmark score is on par with its price

iPhone SE 2020 DxOmark score is on par with its price

For the past few months, the biggest threat to the Android smartphone market isn't any of the iPhone 10 models. The launch of the newest iPhone SE proved to be more successful than even Apple expected, combining iOS' best features with a price tag to die for. But while the iPhone SE 2020 proved to be "just right" for budget-conscious iPhone buyers, there might have been some lingering doubts about performance in one of the most popular uses of smartphones these days. DxOMark puts both front and back cameras of the smaller iPhone through the wringer to finally answer those questions.

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Galaxy Z Flip front camera unsurprisingly fails to impress DxOMark

Galaxy Z Flip front camera unsurprisingly fails to impress DxOMark

There's no mistaking that the selling feature of foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Flip is, of course, their foldable screen. Their exorbitant price tags, however, might make many think they're getting that on top of your usual premium flagship features. That may be true for things like processors and storage but something has to give somewhere. And when it comes to compromises, that one that almost always gets the short end of the stick is the front-facing camera.

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Motorola Edge+ cameras do decently well in DxOMark’s tests

Motorola Edge+ cameras do decently well in DxOMark’s tests

For the first time in a long while, Motorola has finally put out a premium flagship to compete on the high-end market. It is asking for quite a lot of faith and trust in the brand given its immediately high price. Some might be disappointed in that fact alone while other bemoan its Verizon exclusivity. Those that will be able to get their hands on one, however, might not have much to worry about when it comes to photography as even DxOMark seems a bit satisfied with the phone's camera performance, at least when taken in isolation.

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DxOMark’s best smartphone is one you might want to skip

DxOMark’s best smartphone is one you might want to skip

Smartphones have become pretty impressive especially in performance and photography. It's quite telling when even the likes of Xiaomi and OPPO find their way to the top of DxOMark's list. Of course, there will still be the best of the best in any list and DxOMark has one, too. Unfortunately, that praise might be lost on many consumers who might not be able to even get their hands on the site's top-rated smartphone camera.

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Galaxy S20 Ultra DxOMark scores could give Samsung reason to worry

Galaxy S20 Ultra DxOMark scores could give Samsung reason to worry

The Galaxy S20 Ultra has some of the most advanced camera features you'd see on a smartphone. The 3x3 "nona-binning" 108 megapixel sensor is the first and so far only one of its kind in the market and the 100x "Space Zoom" is a catchy marketing strategy. Fortunately, Samsung's most expensive non-foldable smartphone does also deliver impressive photos and videos. Unfortunately, DxOMark doesn't think they're enough to justify the price tag, especially when there are 6 other smartphones better than it.

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Qualcomm denies benchmark cheating insinuations by MediaTek

Qualcomm denies benchmark cheating insinuations by MediaTek

Qualcomm is arguably the biggest name in the mobile processor market. Although Apple may actually best it in benchmarks and in practice, that victory is pointless for anyone outside of Apple's ecosystem. So when Qualcomm's name gets dragged into any scandal, the mobile market definitely takes a closer look. Unsurprisingly, the US-based chipmaker isn't keeping quiet and is categorically denying it is doing any sort of whitelisting to cheat benchmark apps.

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MediaTek benchmark cheating reopens old wounds

MediaTek benchmark cheating reopens old wounds

A few years ago, a scandal broke out in the smartphone market on how once trustworthy benchmarking tools have become suddenly unreliable because smartphone manufacturers were apparently cheating their way to high numbers. That resulted in massive changes to those tools and even a few lawsuits. Other than that, though, it seems that nothing has really changed because when MediaTek was reported to be doing this kind of cheating, it gave the same response Huawei did two years ago: everyone's doing it anyway.

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