To give a more global appreciation of the quality of a smartphone, DxOMark, a benchmark in the test of device cameras, will also assess the quality of the device screens. And his first champion is far from a surprise.
For several years, DxOMark has made a name for itself in telephony, not for its product innovation or its devices, but for its ability to test the cameras and audio of smartphones. ” Our core business is measurement “, We recall within the company based in Boulogne-Billancourt (Hauts-de-Seine) which hopes” come up with metrics that move the industry forward and help optimize products ».
Having become a world reference, it has developed a system for testing cameras with extensive tests on sensors, colorimetric rendering, settings, autofocus, etc. And the in-house engineers have decided to go further in refining the score attributed to smartphones, the one after which the manufacturers run so much and are always quick to claim as a purchase argument.
It is moreover a bit to go in this direction that the DxOMark teams have changed their rating. With a note so far ” technique “Distributed to the different models, DxOMark wants to add a note to it that one could qualify as” artistic “. In fact, it is a consideration of the quality of the screen through the uses of a consumer.
Put yourself more in the user’s shoes
DxOMark Display will thus make it possible to attribute a score which takes more account of the user’s feelings. ” The specifications of a screen, its dimensions, its resolution, its display or refresh technology are different from the quality indicators of a screen, »Explains Frédéric Guichard, Managing Director and Technical Director of DXOMARK, to Frandroid.
For almost a year, DxOMark engineers have therefore designed a test protocol and adopted several criteria to determine their score: use of the screen in direct sunlight, in case of reading in a darker environment or at night. , the fluidity of the medium when scrolling content at different speeds.
Three points that are often hidden behind the analysis of more technical criteria such as Contrast, Brightness or Refresh rate, ” but which do not necessarily speak to a less informed user when these are elements that will count in his experience and his feeling of a product », Adds Frédéric Guichard.
In total, 400 objective measurements are taken and more than 20 hours of perceptual evaluations in the laboratory and in real conditions (surfing the web, reading at night, browsing on the screen, switching from a bright environment to another…).
The DxOMark Display score is therefore composed of 6 sub-scores: Readability (readability), Color (color), Video (video), Motion (movement), Touch (touch), and Artifacts (artefacts, defects).
A more beautiful screen without surprises
And the first test winners are known. The big winner is unsurprisingly to be found on the side of Samsung. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G scores 89 with several strengths highlighted by DxOMark:
- Adapts well to light in all ambient light conditions and content remains visible even in direct sunlight
- Good video brightness
- The scrolling of content on the web is fluid.
Samsung’s smartphone is one step ahead of OnePlus 8 Pro (88) :
- The best smartphone in outdoor conditions in terms of gamma
- Best score for color fidelity
- Scrolling fluid
The ranking of the most beautiful smartphone screens
In addition to the two smartphones mentioned above, DxOMark also highlights a handful of other smartphones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S20 Ultra, Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro Max or the TCL 10 Pro. Then, no other device has so far been entitled to a score above 80.
Better measure photos in difficult situations
Along with the addition of screen measurement, DxOMark has decided to also review and enrich its camera test protocol. DxOMark Camera will thus better take into account more difficult situations so that the user is not frustrated by a disappointing result compared to the promise when he finds himself in less than optimal conditions.
The score will now take into account the quality of the preview of a photo. This will make it possible to measure in particular the difference between the initial preview and the rendering, the quality of the preview (zoom, change of camera, etc.) before pressing the shutter button. This is in addition to the 80% of the updated shooting plan to evaluate smartphone cameras with new test scenes (more portraits, moving subjects, low light situation…).
This will change the ratings slightly, but the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra remains in the lead thanks to its zoom system and very good photo / video quality. The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the other big winner thanks to its domination of the Preview ranking, with in particular a better rendering of the bokeh effect and the live HDR which make the difference in preview.