Once again this year the time has come for the EISA (European Image and Sound Association) Awards, a series of awards awarded starting from the vote expressed by 55 of the most authoritative consumer electronics magazines globally. Among the various categories, which range across the hi-tech world, obviously the "Mobile Devices" could not be missing: smartphones, smartwatches and audio.
As for smartphones, EISA awarded five different categories: Best Smartphone, Advanced Smartphone, Smartphone Camera, Foldable Smartphone and Multimedia Smartphone.
The most coveted award, that of the best smartphone taking into account all aspects, was awarded OnePlus 8 Pro, which breaks the dominion of the Huawei dynasty: in 2018 it was in fact P20 Pro to sit on the throne, while last year the P30 Pro had happened. As we explained in our review, with OnePlus 8 and in particular with 8 Pro the Chinese company has brought on the market no longer flagship killers, but flagships – period. No more compromises to bring leading-edge hardware at a competitive price, therefore, but the desire to establish itself as a leading brand by putting all the best of technology inside a product.
According to the motivation with which EISA accompanies the recognition, OnePlus 8 Pro is a particularly successful combination of power and design:
The OnePlus 8 Pro raises the bar for high-end smartphones, illustrating how cutting-edge hardware technology can integrate with a beautiful product design. Externally, it sports a 6.78-inch 120Hz display, with crisp QHD + resolution, atop an IP68-rated chassis with a soft-touch finish. Inside, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 865 chipset – supported by 8GB or 12GB of RAM – brings speed and stability to Android 10 / OxygenOS 8 Pro software. To recharge the 4,510 mAh battery, One Plus introduces its 'Warp Charge 30 Wireless' technology for the first time, which can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes. A rear panel four-lens camera setup offers flexibility and precision to photos. This device puts even more "smart" in the smartphone!
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The "Advance Smartphone" award goes to a device very similar to OnePlus 8 Pro from the front: we are talking about Oppo Find X2 Pro, which we promoted during the review by defining it as "complete and fast". He is the device that most impressed the jury limited to the hardware package offered:
A smartphone worthy of its flagship status, the OPPO Find X2 Pro is packed with technology, features a sensational design, particularly in its vegan leather tactile finish, and offers an unrivaled everyday experience. The 6.7-inch AMOLED HDR display with a maximum resolution of 1,400 x 3,168 and a refresh rate of 120Hz, offers a clear and fluid space for the interface of Android 10 and ColorOS 7.1. The underlying Snapdragon SoC and Adreno 650 graphics processor deliver unprecedented speed and power. Onboard memory (512GB), triple camera system and 65W fast charging of the 4,260mAh battery are just some of its intuitive features. This is the best OPPO smartphone ever and it stands out from the premium competition.
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As for the best "cameraphone", the opinion expressed by EISA coincides with that of DxOMark: Huawei could not aspire to repeat itself due to the ban and the absence of Google Services which penalizes its products as a whole, but still one once brought the most complete photographic sector to the market with its top of the range P40 Pro (recently followed by P40 Pro Plus).
Based on the success of its predecessors, Huawei's P40 Pro pushes smartphone camera technology forward again, with a Leica four-lens setup that offers unlimited performance potential. Its 50 megapixel main camera with phase detection autofocus and optical image stabilization is flanked by a 12 megapixel 'periscope' telephoto lens, enabling 5x optical zoom and an ultra-wide-angle “Cine Camera” 40 megapixel camera for advanced video capture. Add the P40 Pro's 3D ToF depth sensor – and AI image enhancements – and you've got a smartphone that captures beautiful everyday photos and night shots of unmatched quality, without noise or unwanted aberrations. The luxurious design, premium display technology and ease of use make it a true champion in its class.
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And it is not surprising either Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung's clamshell folding (recently also launched in 5G version), which beats the competition of Motorola's iconic Razr 2019 and places itself at the top of a sector that is still niche, but which has already next year promises to grow and mature – seeing the brand new Z Fold 2 is believing.
A striking update on the old-school clamshell concept, Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip uses a foldable display to create an inventive, impressive and practical smartphone. When open, a 6.7-inch dynamic AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1,080 × 2,636, takes center stage with no noticeable creases in between. Closed, it becomes half the size and protects the main screen from damage, while displaying notifications, incoming calls and more information on a 1.1-inch secondary display. The Galaxy Z Flip's notable appeal is enhanced by its dual camera setup with wide, ultrawide lenses, long-lasting 3,300mAh battery, and sturdy, convincing finish. This is a pioneering smartphone.
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Sony Xperia 1 II was one of the most anticipated and discussed smartphones of the year, especially among fans. A product that, between lights and shadows, certainly shines in one field: that of multimedia. And it could only be him, therefore, the Multimedia Smartphone 2020-2021:
Sony's Xperia 1 II is a powerful multimedia system tailor-made for fans of photography, film and music. Its triple lens system shares technology with Sony's advanced Alpha cameras, allows for 20fps burst shooting with continuous autofocus and automatic eye detection, while the 'Photography Pro' and 'Cinematography Pro' apps mirror controls and the features of Sony's professional range. For playback of content on the go, the Xperia 1 II features a 6.5-inch CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED screen with 21: 9 aspect ratio, Dolby Atmos immersive sound, plus support for immersive music format '360 Reality Audio'. Gamers, meanwhile, can connect a DUALSHOCK 4 controller for a console-like gaming experience. Snapdragon's 865 5G mobile platform powers a riot of features.
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In recent years, the wearables market has exploded, thanks to an increasingly close link with smartphones: the awards for the best headphones and the best smartwatch on the market could not be missing. Let's see which are the models awarded by EISA.
Huawei Watch GT 2 fuses the talents of a modern smart watch with a sleek, unisex design based on a circular AMOLED display, physical controls and genuine leather strap. Ideal for active lifestyles, it offers a host of fitness features, including the ability to analyze 15 different sports categories and provide information on up to 190 types of exercise data, plus excellent battery life of two weeks. With Huawei's TruSleep feature, artificial intelligence is used to analyze sleep quality and GT 2 also monitors heartbeat and stress levels. In the list of features there are also Bluetooth calls (up to 150 m from the smartphone), app notification and integrated music storage. A modern classic is born!
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Compact and lightweight, yet packed with essential features, Sennheiser's Momentum True Wireless 2 headphones are a triumph of design and sublime sound. Dynamic custom drivers deliver balanced performance with compelling bass and rich detail that can be fine-tuned via Sennheiser's Smart Control app, while new Active Noise Canceling technology helps you focus on the music and not the outside world. Battery life has been significantly improved to seven hours and the well-made carrying and charging case extends it even further, via an additional rechargeable battery. Multiple 'ear tips' are provided to ensure True Wireless 2 fits any ear shape. This proves that the best things can come in small packages
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Many loudspeaker companies have diversified into headphone production, but none have done so as spectacularly as Danish manufacturer DALI. The IO-6 not only features a wireless design, it also includes excellent active noise cancellation, adding three cancellation modes to its 'closed' design. As if that weren't enough, it also adds better-in-class battery life, to keep you listening longer – up to 30 hours between charges. Add to that an extraordinarily powerful, yet open and information-rich sound, and you'll have no less than a sensational debut.
For its PX5 adaptive noise-canceling headphones, Bowers & Wilkins pays equal attention to design, ease of use and performance. These are comfortably elegant, with a spectacular finish that mixes carbon fiber, aluminum and fabric, while the soft padded cushions and headband support long listening sessions. The sound quality of the custom designed 35mm drivers is exceptional, with frequency response ranging from deep bass to delicate highs. Both wired and wireless connections are possible, the latter via Bluetooth with support for aptX Adaptive. Physical controls include an instant pause by lifting an ear cup and the PX5's high-quality noise canceling adjustment. If you love music on the go, you will love them.
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This portable music player packs best-in-class features into a high-quality chassis with bezel-less touchscreen display. The support for various formats and listening options are unrivaled: the M11 Pro can be used as both a Bluetooth receiver and transmitter, as a USB DAC and as a USB audio player (with native DSD output), or it can play content directly from the its integrated memory (expandable to 2 TB) or from streaming apps. A Samsung Exynos hexa-core SoC ensures perfect music management and responsive user experience. Meanwhile, two AK4497EQ DACs with 'Velvet Sound' architecture support 384 kHz / 32-bit high-resolution audio, as well as MQA decoding. The triptych of headphone outputs benefits from powerful low distortion amplification. And the fundamental sound quality? In one word: exceptional.
Designed in collaboration with Meridian Audio, LG's XBOOM Go PL7 was designed primarily for sound quality. The combination of stereo speakers and integrated amplification – together with dual passive radiators – produce an extraordinary result, with clear and transparent voices and a punchy bass. The construction and specifications of this 'mobile speaker' are equally impressive. It is stylish and compact to take anywhere, thanks to its 24-hour battery life (with power bank functionality) and IPX5 water-resistant certification. XBOOM Go PL7 also offers intelligent lighting effects and you can connect up to 100 speakers wirelessly to create a real party atmosphere. Connect via Bluetooth or 3.5mm and you're ready to rock.
The latest addition to AudioQuest's DragonFly range is the best ever. The Cobalt model not only converts a wide range of audio formats from your computer, it also features a high quality headphone amplifier, as well as being able to deliver great sound to a hi-fi system, all in one package no more. large than a USB stick. It is an ideal portable audio complement: a simple USB port on your computer or a 'smart' device will provide it with power and music. Now plug in your favorite headphones and you'll have everything you need for great music wherever you are.
- OnePlus 8 Pro is available online from Mobzilla for 855 euros.
- Huawei P40 Pro is available online from Mobzilla for 629 euros or from Unieuro for 899 euros. The value for money is good and it is the best device in this price range.
- Oppo Find X2 Pro is available online from Amazon Marketplace for 999 euros or from Amazon for 1,199 euros.
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is available online from Mobzilla for 1,009 euros or from Media World for 1,299 euros.
Available on : 8 Pro for 860 euros, P40 Pro for 690 euros, Find X2 Pro for 1,170 euros and Galaxy Z Flip for 1,100 euros. (updated August 17, 2020, 1:22 pm)