Quad-core shootout: Four of a kind

GSMArena team, 27 July 2012.
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Loudspeaker performance

As usual, we've tested how the loudspeakers on each of the phones perform. Three score Good marks with the HTC One X scoring Average, but really it's just under the threshold for getting the same rating as its peers. The Galaxy S III and LG Optimus 4X HD are slightly louder than the other two.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score
HTC One X65.1 66.075.8Average
Meizu MX 4-core68.565.575.1Good
LG Optimus 4X HD68.766.679.3Good
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III75.1 66.575.0Good

Audio quality

Two the four contenders fared excellently in the first part of our audio quality test. The Samsung Galaxy S III, and the Meizu MX 4-core produced excellent scores all over the field and you can be sure that they can suply perfectly clean sound to your home or car stereo. The Meizu MX 4-core clinches the top spot on this occassion due to its higher volume levels with the Galaxy S III sliding right below it in the ranking.

The HTC One X and LG Optimus 4X HD performance with no headphones attached was pretty mediocre and not suited to their high-end status. The HTC finishes a distant third due to its lower (but still rather poo) distortion levels and slightly higher volume. As for the Optimus 4X HD - we've seen $100 smartphones do better than it and that's as damning a verdict as it gets.

Adding a pair of headphones to the mix alters the picture and the Galaxy S III comes out on top. The Meizu MX 4-core doesn't produce as clean results, but it again offers higher volume levels, which makes it a close second. Once again the two Tegra 3-packing devices dissapointed, with the HTC One X still managing to do a little better than the LG Optimus 4XHD.

And here go the results for you to check out.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
LG Optimus 4X HD+0.02, -0.52-74.874.80.345 0.318-81.6
LG Optimus 4X HD (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.51-70.169.90.815 0.811-64.5
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III+0.03, -0.05-90.390.30.012 0.018-92.6
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III (headphones attached)+0.11, -0.04-90.290.20.0092 0.090-53.1
HTC One X+0.02, -0.08-82.182.10.137 0.393-80.7
HTC One X (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.10-80.680.60.174 0.459-60.8
Meizu MX 4-core+0.03, -0.04-90.490.40.1090.083-90.3
Meizu MX 4-core (headphones attached)+0.07, -0.01-90.290.20.2350.219-55.0

LG Optimus 4X HD frequency response
LG Optimus 4X HD frequency response

Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III frequency response
Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III frequency response

HTC One X frequency response
HTC One X frequency response

Meizu MX 4-core frequency response
Meizu MX 4-core frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

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