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Xperia 5 selfie camera scores poorly on DxOMark

Xperia 5 selfie camera scores poorly on DxOMark

Sony isn't giving up the fight, at least not yet. It is stubbornly holding on to what little it has left in the market, making sure that it launches a phone even twice a year. For 2019, that's the Xperia 1 and its smaller doppelganger, the Xperia 5. Unfortunately, if this is the best that Sony has to offer, it might not last long in that game, especially if it can't even hold a candle against more affordable smartphones with better front-facing cameras for taking those oh so popular selfies.

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Pixel 4 on DxOMark fails to take the crown

Pixel 4 on DxOMark fails to take the crown

When Google jumped on the smartphone market as its manufacturer, there were some doubts about the single-camera system on the first Pixel. Google blew the public's mind, however, at what it could accomplish with only a single sensor and a lot of sophisticated software. That trick, unfortunately, may have grown old by last year's Pixel 3 and so, finally, Google added one, just one, camera on the Pixel 4. It still managed to yield good results, based on DxOMark's tests, but Google's formula may be starting to show its age and its limitations.

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DxOMark adds audio performance to smartphone benchmark protocol

DxOMark adds audio performance to smartphone benchmark protocol

For a long time, DxOMark's mobile benchmarks focused on the basics of smartphone cameras but, at long last, it started modifying its testing protocol last year to accommodate unmistakable trends in the market. First to come were tests for bokeh and zoom followed by selfies. Last month it added tests and scores for wide-angle cameras and night mode and now it is adding yet another new protocol that is only indirectly related to cameras: audio recording and output quality.

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Galaxy Note 10+ 5G unsurprisingly tops DxOMark’s revised benchmarks

Galaxy Note 10+ 5G unsurprisingly tops DxOMark’s revised benchmarks

Another Samsung flagship, another round of "awards" given to the device. Although it isn't true for all new premium phones, Samsung's and Apple's new phones often get top marks from DxOMark and DisplayMate for their cameras and screens, respectively. Thankfully for new and would-be owners, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G does continue the trend as far as DxOmark is concerned and that's true even when the benchmarking site revised its rules to include the latest trends in the smartphone market.

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Pixel 3a on DxOMark rating could give Pixel fans pause for thought

Pixel 3a on DxOMark rating could give Pixel fans pause for thought

When Google started making its own phones, fans of its old Nexus line may have been partly disappointed by the price tag. With the Pixel, the Android platform maker jumped into the premium flagship race and seemed to refuse to look back. Almost three years later, however, it launched the Pixel 3a to target more budget-constrained buyers with not a few compromises all around. According to DxOMark, however, it at least doesn't compromise on one critical thing: the camera.

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Snapdragon 8cx and Windows: what to expect from a new breed of PCs

Snapdragon 8cx and Windows: what to expect from a new breed of PCs

Snapdragon chips are normally associated with the processors that power our mobile devices. But Qualcomm is about to roll out its Snapdragon 8cx chips, designed for laptops – and it may just give Intel a run for its money.

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LG V40 ThinQ DxOmark camera score spells trouble for the company

LG V40 ThinQ DxOmark camera score spells trouble for the company

The folks over at DxOMark are now quite famous for their smartphone camera benchmarks that cover quite a wide range of brands. Noticeably missing from those reviews, however, are LG's flagships. To date, at least with its new-ish grading system, there are only three LG smartphones on its list. And the latest it has reviewed, the LG V40 ThinQ from late last year, doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the brand.

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Galaxy S10 5G ties with Huawei P30 Pro on DxOMark but has some perks

Galaxy S10 5G ties with Huawei P30 Pro on DxOMark but has some perks

You might think that the Galaxy S10 5G, the largest and most expensive of the four siblings, is just about 5G. After all, it's there in its name. DxOMark has now just proven there might be another reason to want the phone. It has just tied up with Huawei's latest and greatest as the top smartphone camera in the market. Despite the similar average score, however, there are a few things that the Galaxy S10 5G may do better and it might even stop there.

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Xiaomi Pocophone F1 scores surprisingly well on DxOMark

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 scores surprisingly well on DxOMark

Xiaomi’s Pocophone F1, also known as the POCO F1, is a rather odd duck in the Chinese OEM’s team and, so far, seems to be alone. It crammed premium flagship specs in a Nokia-esque polycarbonate chassis in order to keep the price tag even lower than most of Xiaomi’s flagships. But while some compromises were made for the sake of economy, it seems that few were made in terms of performance. That goes even for the cameras, which DxOMark testifies to be good even if not the best.

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AnTuTu AI benchmark tool now available for Android

AnTuTu AI benchmark tool now available for Android

Artificial intelligence, next to 5G and cameras, has become one of the pillars of modern smartphones. Unlike those, however, AI hasn’t exactly been easy to measure given the many variables, tools, and implementations. Of course, that could almost be said of smartphone benchmarks today anyway, so it’s not too surprising that AnTuTu, one of the household names in mobile benchmarks, has finally come up with a tool to do exactly that. At least for Android phones, that is.

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Google “Coral” on Geekbench: Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, Android Q

Google “Coral” on Geekbench: Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM, Android Q

It wasn’t too long ago that Google launched its third-gen Pixel phones. In fact, we might still be waiting for a Pixel 3 Lite, if that truly exists. That doesn’t mean, however, that Google isn’t already working on what would be the Pixel 4 later this year. That does seem to be the implication in this extremely early sighting of a certain “Google coral” on Geekbench, showing users what to expect by October.

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Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 top new DxOMark selfie benchmarks

Pixel 3, Galaxy Note 9 top new DxOMark selfie benchmarks

DxOMark has always prided itself for being the benchmarking experts not just for digital cameras in general but even more for smartphones. They have become so popular that OEMs have even started using them in their marketing. But throughout the years, DxOMark has avoided testing one of the most important uses of a smartphone. That has finally changed and it is now benchmarking how front cameras perform for selfies, bokehs, and even video recording.

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