The Google Pixel 7 Pro (about 900 euros on Amazon) was mostly able to get top ratings in DxOMark – whether it’s the main camera, front camera or display, Google’s current flagship is among the top 3 in many categories leaderboard. Now DxOMark has the device’s speakers and microphones analyzedand found that they have some weaknesses.
With a rating of 137 points, the Pixel 7 Pro falls just behind its own predecessor, overall it only ranks 22nd on the leaderboard. The Apple iPhone 14 (approx. 999 euros on Amazon) did a little better with 141 points, the Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro is far ahead with 161 points. The frequency curve embedded below illustrates the weaknesses of the Pixel 7 Pro’s speakers. The bass lacks power even by smartphone standards, the mids sound too thin, which means that music can sometimes sound a bit tinny.
At least Google was able to solve a problem – if the Pixel 6 Pro was held in landscape format, the sound from one side was played much louder, with the Pixel 7 Pro the balance is much more harmonious. Playback is also free from audible noise. The microphones were also able to convince with a solid performance, but DxOMark recommends not using Google’s voice memo app, because it only records mono audio, and that too quietly. The Pixel 7 Pro is not particularly effective at filtering wind noise.
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